University of Michigan Imposes Sanctions on Its Football Team

Can Michigan avoid further penalties from the NCAA?

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The other shoe dropped in the University of Michigan football scandal. After an investigation into allegations that the football team had violated NCAA rules, the university has come to the conclusion that the allegations were accurate. The school admitted that the football team had "surpassed" the maximum number of mandatory workout hours listed by NCAA rule.

In response to the findings, Michigan imposed sanctions on its football team, hoping to avoid further punishment from the NCAA, the Michigan Daily reports. The school filed a 79-page letter to the NCAA, saying it would cut the number of quality-control staffers in the program and limit the number of hours players can practice. Punishments are effective for the 2010 season.

"The university takes full responsibility for these violations and has imposed serious penalties that correspond with the violations," the letter says.

The Daily reports that the letter also mentions corrective measures aimed at preventing future violations. One graduate assistant was fired, and seven other athletics department employees will receive letters of reprimand.

"After thorough joint investigation with the enforcement staff, the university has concluded that violations occurred for an extended period due to inattention" and an inability to communicate among several parties, the letter states.

Did the university do enough to avoid any further punishment from the NCAA?

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