U-M president issues statement on allegations

September, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman released the following statement Wednesday night regarding the investigation of NCAA rule violations with the football program. Michigan reportedly has hired Gene Marsh, the former chairman of the NCAA's Infractions Committee, to assist in the investigation.

Here's Coleman's full statement:

At the University of Michigan, we place the highest importance on the welfare of our student-athletes and the integrity of our intercollegiate athletics program. Our university is widely recognized for academic and athletic excellence, and it’s something we work to achieve every day. I am proud of our unwavering commitment to that standard.

As soon as the allegations surfaced about our athletic program, I launched an investigation. Our Board of Regents is fully informed on the matter. With the help of outside counsel, we are working in cooperation with the NCAA to discover and assess the facts of the situation.

It is critical that a thorough and objective investigation is completed before any conclusions are drawn. We will then determine what -- if any -- actions need to occur to ensure full compliance with NCAA rules and our own rules of conduct.

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