The Detroit Free Press interviewed a handful of players who spoke about the allegations upon a promise of anonymity.
According to the report, "Players on the 2008 and 2009 teams described training and practice sessions that far exceeded limits set by the NCAA, which governs college athletics. The restrictions are designed to protect players’ well-being, ensure adequate study time and prevent schools from gaining an unfair competitive advantage."
Sounds like sour grapes to me. All Division I football programs have their kids spending more time than allowed during the off-season, spread among weight lifting, meetings and reviewing tape. But RichRod didn't make the friendliest exit from his last stop at his alma mater West Virginia, where he allegedly shredded the files of several prospective recruits on his way out.
He also convinced Michigan's boosters to pay $2.5 million of his $4 million buyout to leave West Virginia at the time, and chased several recruits out the door upon his arrival.
The Free Press report also laid this out: "Players spent at least nine hours on football activities on Sundays after games last fall. NCAA rules mandate a daily 4-hour limit. The Wolverines also exceeded the weekly limit of 20 hours, the athletes said."
OK, that's a bit much. Most programs let their kids come in and lift weights and review tapes, but a nine-hour Sunday is a little overkill.
The Robin to RichRod's Batman is Tennessee's Lane Kiffin, a popular subject on Benched Press. Kiffin has already committed a handful of minor recruiting violations, including mentioning a recruit by name on a radio station, accusing Florida coach Urban Meyer and Georgia coach Mark Richt of cheating. He also told a recruit from South Carolina that if he chose to go play for Steve Spurrier that "he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina."
So here's the question: your son has Tennessee and Michigan recruiting him the hardest. It's down to those two schools. Where do you want your son to play?