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Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Posted on: August 31, 2009 2:34 pm

The offensive has begun.

Rich Rodriguez and his agent fired back Monday after Sunday’s Detroit Free Press accused the Michigan staff of flouting NCAA work-week rules.

“I believe this thing is going to be put to bed quickly,” said Mike Brown, Rodriguez’ longtime agent. “From what I understand, Michigan already has been in there and all the records have been on the table.”

Brown added  that the Michigan compliance department makes regular checks of strength coach Mike Barwis’ records in terms of hours spent by players in the weight room. Part of the accusations have to do with players having multiple and lengthy strength sessions in violation of the NCAA 20-hour work week limits.

“If Rich and the staff wanted to do this, anybody can walk into Schembechler Hall and walk into the weight room and practice facility and see what’s going on at any time. They’ve had spot checks by compliance," Brown said.

“Mike Barwis was asked to submit his workout schedules to compliance and it’s been approved.”

In a sometimes teary, 13-minute opening to his regular game-week press conference Rodriguez defended his program. Asked to flat-out deny the report, Rodriguez told reporters on Monday:  “We completely comply by the rules, the hours, always have and always will.”

Rodriguez went to say the report was “misleading”, that players might not have understand that medical treatment and study hall do not count toward the 20 hours. Brown also took that stance when contacted by

Brown criticized the story for using the statements of anonymous sources – parents and players. However, an internet report quoted Michigan transfer Toney Clemens (now at Colorado) as saying the Free Press story was accurate.

"Oh, yeah," Clemons also told the Free Press. "I'll always be honest. My mom and my dad raised me to be a stand-up guy. If they call me and I have to tell them my schedule, I'll tell them what I went through. I will definitely tell the truth."

Clemons has played under three coaches – Lloyd Carr, Rodriguez and now Dan Hawkins.

“With Coach Carr coming in as freshmen, we understood the rules early in the summertime,” Clemons added. “We never had anybody come out and monitor anything that they weren't allowed to be there for. And compliance at the University of Colorado is real in tune. They make sure that we know the rules."

Part of the Free Press accusations deal with Michigan graduate assistants monitoring offseason seven-on-seven drills. That is against NCAA rules.

“He (Clemons) can say it’s accurate but what it comes down to is what the records say and all the interviews that have taken place,” Brown said. “If they (coaching staff) wanted to circumvent the system they wouldn’t have kept the doors open at Schembechler Hall. If they were going to break the rules do you think they’d have it so open?”

Schembechler Hall houses the football facility.

Rodriguez obviously was shaken as he addressed reporters Monday morning, pausing several times while making points.

“Nobody on my staff would ever tell a young man to miss a class or miss a study session or miss a tutor appointment to do anything athletically,” Rodriguez said. “I understand the importance of a degree. All my coaches do. When we meet with parents, we tell them, ‘We’re going to challenge your (son).’

“The thing that bothered me the most … (is) the perception that was out there that we didn’t care as much for our students’ welfare. That is disheartening.”

Both coach and agent pointed to two recent gatherings of players. Two weeks ago 300 people, players and parents, gathered for a barbeque. On Sunday, the seniors gathered at Rodriguez for a previously scheduled preseason get-together.

“I believe I have 125 young men all in. I’ve not gotten any indication otherwise,” Rodriguez said.


Category: NCAAF
Tags: Michigan

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2009 7:35 pm

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Hey where did you get this info? I have a CDL and hazmat I'm always in compliance my company would neve alow us to keep 2 books and you don't get pulled over dumb dumb you go through the scales. We keep a time card and DOT book plus a mileage chart so get your facts straight. If you need anymore info on this subject just ask and I'll be glad to provide it for you.  

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 12:42 pm

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Out of 125 players, there are, allegedly 10 disgruntled players, 6 of whom willing to offer anonymous testimony supposedly. In other words, there is nothing there of any real substance except for an over-zealous reporter, a paper in need of generating revenue, and maybe a handful of disgruntled players.

The cool thing about this, so far, is the amount of support the coaches and team are getting and the greater determination they have to do well and to come together as an even more cohesive unit.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2009 12:26 pm

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Staying in compliance on this issue is way to easy for any school for this to be an issue. They probably are working way more than the alloted hours. All that they have to say is "These are the mandatory workouts" [within the rules] and "these are the voluntary workouts" for those of you who think you may play. There is NO reason to actually schedule anything that would violate the rule. THAT would be stupid.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:20 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Hey, I've seen those same tears before. WVU fans remember a teary eyed Rodriguez talking about WVU being his "Dream Job" and that he wasn't going anywhere.

Be careful Michigan fans, I remember those same tears.

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2009 10:06 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

I don' t know Toney Clemons or RR but wasn't Coach Hawkins under fire a few years back for the same thing?

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2009 9:08 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

they don't fear the coach or the athletic department.  The reason they went to the paper is because they are trying to get RR fired.  How would they accomplish that by talking to him?  And if they came to the athletic department they know who all those kids names are and would put their names in the paper something the Kids didn't want.  This is a bunch of bull, a handful of kids not wanting to put the work in to get to a championship caliber team.  Fine with me, go play somewhere else Michigan doesn't need players like that.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:58 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Having problems with Posting this, but read here Dodd

Dodd stop being a hater.

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:56 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:01 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

The article said there were 8 players.  That is more than a handful.  Sorry to wake you up but Rich Rod is a LIAR extrodinaire -- ask the WV folks.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2009 1:44 am

Rodriguez and his agent fire back

The two freshman were badly misquoted (probably the only "current players" to which Rosenberg referred) and the rest are likely Lloyd's guys who got buried on the depth charts and left.  Rosenberg is a hack with an axe to grind, and has manufactured a story out of anonymous sources and innuendo.  There is already far more evidence discrediting the story than there is supporting it, and this will all end up as just another failed attack on RR.  If he was an apostle of Lloyd or if the team was 9-3 last year instead of 3-9, this story probably wouldn't even have been written.  RR and Michigan are easy targets right now, but this will all be a distant memory after the team's record improves significantly this year and RR's position as HC is solidified.

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