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U of M Football Under Investigation

U of M Football Under Investigation

January 20, 2011

Controversy surrounds the University of Michigan campus tonight. The Wolverines continue getting ready for Saturday's season opener against Western Michigan. But, there are questions whether they're practicing too much. My TV 20's Dave Leval was there as Michigan's Head Coach answered charges made against him.

Rich Rodriguez/Head Coach, Univ. of Michigan
"I love working with our staff. I love our players like I love my own family."

The University of Michigan Head Football coach is answering claims he may push his players too hard. Several of them can be found on the team's practice field. But, there are concerns they may be spending too much time there.

The Detroit Free Press reports Coach Rodriguez and his staff may have violated NCAA rules regarding practices and training sessions. Now an investigation is underway to determine if those allegations are true.

The claims center around the 2008 and this year's teams.

Rodriguez
"We know the rules, we comply by the rules. We have a very transparent program."

The allegations come from a handful of current and former players. They claim Rodriguez and his coaches force the players to work 2-3 times more hours than rules allow.

Mark Ortmann/OL, Univ. of Michigan
"They're saying we're working too much? Personally I don't think we're working hard enough."

Obi Ezah/LB, Univ. of Michigan
"It's kind of weird, we're trying to do more to make ourselves better. People are saying we're doing illegal activities. It's weird."

But, are the allegations true? That's what university investigators are trying to find out as the Wolverines prepare for their season opener. At the University of Michigan, Dave Leval, My TV 20 News at 10.

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