Monday, August 31, 2009
Henne doesn't understand complaints at Michigan
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
It's hardly a coincidence that the allegations of NCAA rule violations at Michigan are being made by current and former players recruited to the school by Lloyd Carr. There has long been a perception that Michigan players fall into two camps: those loyal to Carr and those who back current head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Then there's former Wolverines quarterback Chad Henne.
Henne started four years for Carr and never played for Rodriguez, but he doesn't understand the complaints about Michigan coaches exceeding time limits on practices and offseason workouts. Henne told annarbor.com that he and his Wolverines teammates regularly logged more than 20 hours a week at the football facilities during the season.
"Twenty hours is a very, very small portion of what you do, especially if you’re a quarterback at a high-profile school," Henne said. "Twenty hours isn't enough for you. You have to be in there by yourself, studying film, no coaches around, and doing it on your own. That's where the leadership comes in and that's where, if you want to get better and play better, you have to do it on your own."Henne added that he and his teammates voluntarily exceeded the NCAA's time limits on offseason workouts and weren't forced to be there by the coaches.
As for the players alleging violations by Rodriguez's staff?
"I really think whoever's saying it really doesn't want to be there," Henne said. "If they're saying that then they're not really worried about the team, they're not worried about what they’re going to do during their season and they’re kind of just giving themselves up. That's just negative talk right there. So whoever it is just really doesn’t care about the team, I would say. If they're complaining about that, then they don’t want to be the best they can be and that’s their own fault."As I wrote Sunday, this is less about time spent and more about a divided Wolverines team. Every FBS program exceeds the time limits in some fashion, but not every team seems as openly splintered as Michigan.
There will be some repercussions from the allegations for Rodriguez, but his biggest worry should be keeping this team as united as possible for the season.