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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Report: Regents talk about investigation

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Board of Regents discussed the NCAA investigation into the football program on Wednesday, The Associated Press has learned.

A person familiar with the session confirmed the probe was part of the discussion. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the school is not disclosing any details of what it calls an informal meeting.

The person did not discuss any details with the AP.

The school and the NCAA are looking into allegations raised last fall that players practiced or spent time on football-related activities beyond what is allowed by the NCAA.

The Detroit Free Press, citing a person it did not name, said the regents expect the university to announce the results of its probe in a couple weeks.

Coach Rich Rodriguez said he did not know details of the regents' meeting.

"I'm sure I'll know in due time," Rodriguez said Wednesday after announcing 27 high school football players had signed letters of intent. "They won't leave me in the dark."

A few weeks ago, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman said she didn't know the NCAA's timetable for notifying the school what alleged violations, if any, were uncovered in the investigation and that she wasn't anxious about the process.

"I want to see what the issues are and we'll deal with the issues," Coleman said while attending a basketball game.

Rodriguez's team is coming off a 5-7 season that started 4-0. Near the end of the second consecutive disappointing season for the Wolverines, the school released embarrassing details of an internal audit that discovered Rodriguez's team failed to file forms tracking how much time players spent on football during his first season and the following offseason.

The NCAA sent Coleman a notice of inquiry in October, saying it planned to complete its investigation by Dec. 31.

Incoming athletic director David Brandon, who will begin his job next month, has said he's not bracing for bad news.