Sports
5:56 am
Tue September 1, 2009

Michigan coach says school complies with rules

ANN ARBOR, MI – Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says his football program has abided by the rules, despite allegations of NCAA violations.

At a news conference in Ann Arbor, Rodriguez became emotional and had to gather himself as he denied any wrongdoing.

Rodriguez said his staff knows the rules "and we comply by the rules."

The school has launched an investigation into allegations that its football program regularly violates NCAA rules limiting how much time players can spend on training and practice.

The announcement came after a Detroit Free Press article in which players from the 2008 and 2009 teams said the amount of time they spend on football during the season and in the offseason greatly exceeds NCAA limits. The players spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity because they feared repercussions from coaches.