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President Coleman comments on athletics allegations

President Mary Sue Coleman said in a statement Wednesday that a “thorough and objective” investigation is critical to determining the truth about allegations involving the U-M football program.

An Aug. 30 Detroit Free Press story, quoting anonymous sources, alleged that football coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff violated NCAA rules regarding the amount of time players were required to spend in workouts. 

In her statement, Coleman said:

“At the University of Michigan, we place the highest importance on the welfare of our student-athletes and the integrity of our intercollegiate athletics program. Our university is widely recognized for academic and athletic excellence, and it’s something we work to achieve every day. I am proud of our unwavering commitment to that standard.

"As soon as the allegations surfaced about our athletic program, I launched an investigation. Our Board of Regents is fully informed on the matter. With the help of outside counsel, we are working in cooperation with the NCAA to discover and assess the facts of the situation.

"It is critical that a thorough and objective investigation is completed before any conclusions are drawn. We will then determine what — if any — actions need to occur to ensure full compliance with NCAA rules and our own rules of conduct.“

The university has retained the firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, of Birmingham, Ala., to assist in the investigation.

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