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Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 3:05 pm

Rich Rodriguez now has an alleged pattern of NCAA abuses stretching back five years at two different schools.

The NCAA on Thursday accused West Virginia of major violations going back to 2005. Most of the allegations deal with non-coaching staff interacting with players during offseason voluntary workouts.

You can see the entire 10-page notice of allegations here. David Price's letter to West Virginia president James Clements is here. Price is the outgoing NCAA vice president of enforcement.

The accusations involve both Rodriguez and current West Virginia coach Bill Stewart. Rodriguez and Michigan already are awaiting a hearing before the NCAA infractions committee next week in Seattle. The football program is accused of five major violations that occurred in 2008 and 2009.

At both schools, the NCAA said Rodriguez, "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program." The NCAA said the same thing about Stewart, who was an assistant to Rodriguez at West Virginia.

This latest NCAA dust-up could impact the job security of both Rodriguez and Stewart. Stewart has won won 18 games in first two seasons since replacing Rodriguez. Rodriguez already is under pressure after going 8-16 in his first two seasons since replacing Lloyd Carr.

Michigan already has self-penalized in its case. Rodriguez allegedly violated the maximum 20-hour "work week" rule for players. It could be a strange next few months for Rich Rod and the Wolverines. The infractions committee's findings on the football program could be handed down in the middle of the season.

Think of Michigan getting the NCAA hammer the week of the Ohio State game.  

Some of the juicier tidbits from the notice of allegations ...

*West Virginia is being asked its position on whether Rodriguez and Stewart, "knew or should have known that non-coaching sport-specific staff members involvement ... was permissible."

Putting that in focus, the NCAA essentially found that USC should have known about Reggie Bush's relationship nefarious marketers who were funneling him money.

*Among the West Virginia staff in question is a video grad assistant and an academic grad assistant. The NCAA alleged that these members coached players through "skill-development activities" at least two days a week during the offseason. Offseason practice, aside from spring practice, is considered voluntary and is not allowed to be viewed or worked by coaches.

*During the 2005-06 academic year, certain members of the Mountaineers' non-coaching staff allegedly analyzed film with players. From 2005-2009 non-coaching staff basically conducted voluntary workouts at times, according to the NCAA.

*From 2005-2010 the NCAA said the "football staff failed to consistently communicate the [West Virginia] compliance staff." During a week in October 2006, the NCAA said West Virginia violated the 20-hour work week maximum by 75 minutes.

*Perhaps most telling for West Virginia, the NCAA is asking for the won-loss records for the last four seasons including the dates and results and all postseason competition. Never mind that the NCAA could fire up a laptop or open a Big East media guide to get those results. Is the NCAA looking into vacating victories?

*Also, the NCAA wants a review of West Virginia's television appearances over the next three seasons. That includes a look at all TV contracts. The NCAA hasn't taken away TV appearances as a penalty in years. However, it's clear these allegations are serious.



Category: NCAAF

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2010 2:18 pm

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

As if tanking that Pitt game wasn't humiliating enough

Tanking the Pitt game? So thats what happened?

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:00 am

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

That's the pot calling the kettle black don't you think.  From your pic, one would assume you are a Steelers fan and everybody knows that Steeler fans are the biggest rednecks of them all.  Question for you, are rednecks Steeler fans or are Steeler fans rednecks?

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2010 9:56 am

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

Yes, redfred is an idiot for dragging President Obama into it.  However, if the NCAA's investigation centers around one week in October 2006 when WVU went over the 20-hour work week for a whole 75 minutes, then this is just vindictive.  That breaks down to an extra fifteen minutes a day.  That probably includes time that the players were in the locker room taking showers!  And there is no doubt that all schools, including USC, spend far more time than is allowed by the NCAA rules.  The problem is, that Rich Rod got caught at Michigan and then blabbed about WVU.  As if tanking that Pitt game wasn't humiliating enough, he had to go destroy our program for the next four years.  Assuming there are violations, which I don't doubt considering everyone violates these rules, then I agree there have to be consequences.  Unfortunately, the violations will be far more debilitating than the benefits ever were.    

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:55 am

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

Dennis Dodd, does CBS hire proof reader's by chance?   If not, they should probably subtract about 40 percent of your salary and hire one.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2010 12:21 am

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

I'm ashamed and furious that the program is being dragged through the mud like this.  Vacate victories?  Lose TV appearances?  I haven't been as down as Stewart as some others have, but now I think he should be fired.  There is no excuse for running a dirty program, whether you believe they're minor violations or not.  A coach should know the rules, and these allegations suggest that the football program purposely kept the WVU compliance program in the dark.  I have too much pride in WVU to be one of these people who say, "Everyone does it, blah blah blah."  Not everyone gets caught, whether it all came out because of Dick Rodriguez or not.  It's killing me to see WVU accused of this.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:38 pm

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations


Talk about living up the stereotypes of West Virginia, you are a hick/moron...Do you fan base a favor and stop posting.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:31 pm

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

Please give me a break. Michigan will be an example of what to expect but it will be worse because this has continued with Stewart as the head coach. The university compliance committee is obviously done a poor job at making sure that the rules are being followed.

I guess this is where they practiced the fake punt that sealed the victory over UGA so this should obviously be a game that they will have to forfeit - I knew it looked too rehearsed. Before all you WVU fans jump on me - I am just kidding - WBU won the game fair and square.

I would however be very afraid of what the NCAA is going to do to the football program. I think you need to quickly self impose some severe sanctions on the coaching staff before the NCAA has a chance to make this even worse.

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:22 pm

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

I very seriously doubt Obama has anything to do with this. Its the new NCAA. I also don't get what you mean by the athletes or team did not gain anything. They got extra practice time which is extremly valuable in college football. The only people that gained anything in the case of Reggie Bush were his parents but USC is looking at 3 years probation. In the case of WV, this is a team thing. Directly football related and clearly against the rules.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 10:09 pm

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

Being from West Virginia I cannot help but feel the school  will get a far harder punishment than USC, Michigan, Florida, Florida State etc. I mean these charges seem very petty to me. I don't see where these athletes or the team gained anything. But for reasons such as class elitism or long believed perceptions of WV, there will be a harsher punishment for WVU to set an example to other schools. They would not take away tv time from any of the other schools I have mentioned who have committed worse infractions but college football has become big big big big money and there is a lot of politics at play that you are never going to hear about on ESPN. Like I said WVU will be made an example of with no one to help them. This state has always voted for Democrats but for went to McCain instead of Obama, the most sports minded and involved President we have had. To be sure the NCAA has a lot of Obama supporters who keep track of who has helped there President and who has not. And Rich Rod will get another slap on the wrist in Michigan because the Michigan Alumni does not want anymore egg on there face for selecting him. There money will get them what they want. If you remember Rich Rod took with filing cabinets full of files and papers and admitted either shredding or burning most. The truly damaging stuff on him is gone, but not on WVU. Not only did he purposely lose the game against Pitt and cost us a National Championship shot (only because of his juvenile fued with the ex-school President) but now he will hurt the school and fans even more do to his egotistical behavior. The school doesn't deserve what will happen but he does.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2010 8:22 pm

Breakng down the West Virginia allegations

Nice article Dodd, what a piece of shit trash article this is.
LOL vacated bowl wins and no TV time.

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