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Michigan AD: Rich Rodriguez is our coach this fall

In news that really is not news, Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon has issued a statement to confirm that Rich Rodriguez will be the head coach at the University of Michigan this season. Brandon made this statement public after yesterday’s news that Rodriguez was tied to an NCAA investigation at West Virginia was confirmed.

Rodriguez was allegedly involved in practice violations at West Virginia similar in fashion to what he was accused of at Michigan, resulting in a proposed self-probation issued by Michigan to the NCAA. The NCAA has yet to accept or expand on Michigan’s proposal for punishment, but given the fact that Rodriguez seems to have a pattern of these rules violations it would not be totally surprising to see the NCAA tack on a few stipulations to the Michigan punishment moving forward.

Despite the violations committed under Rodriguez’s reign as head coach at West Virginia and Michigan, and regardless of his current 8-16 record with the Wolverines and two bowl-less seasons causing a loyal fan base to question his stability on the sideline, Brandon is not publicly saying he has any intention other than keeping Rodriguez in the program.

“We’re not part of the inquiry at WVU and we have limited access to the information pertaining to this investigation,” Brandon said in a statement. “We’re certainly paying close attention to the situation, but we all need to let the process – and the facts – unfold before we draw any conclusions. I’m not going to speculate about any aspect of the outcome. I’ve already said Rich is our coach this fall and WVU’s announcement does not change that fact.”

Rodriguez released his own statement of apology for his part in the reported violations at his former school, West Virginia. “I have always taken compliance seriously and have sincerely felt our program was very open and transparent,” Rodriguez says. “I regret any mistakes that were made or rules that were misinterpreted. Any errors certainly weren’t made intentionally. I openly discussed my past practices with NCAA investigators and will continue to cooperate fully during this process.”

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Kevin McGuire
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