The association's investigators could be looking for a pattern of behavior in regards to rules compliance by Rodriguez during his time with the Mountaineers. In February, the NCAA alleged five major rules violations by Rodriguez' program at Michigan. They stemmed of reports of violations of the NCAA's 20-hour weekly work limit for athletes.
Michigan is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in August in Seattle. Any penalties could come down during the season, Rodriguez' third at Michigan. Asked about the timing of those events, Rodriguez said during a Friday interview, "I don't know if there is ever a good time. From the standpoint of all the interviews, that all took place in midseason last year."
Rodriguez said 50-plus staff and players were interviewed by the NCAA.
"It's not anything anyone wants to go through but we did," the coach said.
Rodriguez also spoke of negative recruiting toward his program, although he did not say specifically it came from the NCAA investigation.
"You get negative recruiting even if you win 11-12 games," he said Friday. "We don't get much of that in the Big Ten. There's a couple of schools that negative recruit and then some other teams we play that we recruit against that are really negative.
"It's not Columbus [Ohio State]. It's up the road, South Bend [Notre Dame]. Even other places, [University of] Florida. Even where friends coach. We've dealt with it for two whole years. I tell our guys not to do it. Sell our program."
Michigan AD David Brandon said Tuesday there was no new investigation of Michigan and reiterated the Rodriguez will be Michigan's coach "this fall."
"I feel very confident in the AD, Dave Brandon," said Rodriguez' agent Mike Brown who had just gotten back in the country and not seen the West Virginia reports. "He's a good guy. He'll guide them through this."