NCAA infractions

In the 2010 NCAA infractions case involving the University of Michigan, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found the football program exceeded playing and practice limits by approximately 65 hours. NCAA legislation limiting athletically related activities are in place to safeguard student-athlete well-being while ensuring time for academic work. In this case, football staff members monitored and conducted voluntary summer workouts, conducted impermissible activities outside of the playing season, required student-athletes to participate in summer conditioning activities as a form of punishment, and exceeded time limits for athletic activities outside the playing season.

The Committee further found the football program exceeded the number of allowed coaches. NCAA rules allow one head coach, nine assistant coaches and two graduate assistants for Football Bowl Subdivision teams. In this case, five quality control staff members monitored and conducted skill-development activities, and offered advice on technique during practice and film review. These activities led to the quality control staff becoming countable coaches, which led to the university exceeding its limit.

As a result of these violations, the committee found that the scope and nature of the violations demonstrated that the head coach and university failed to monitor the number, duties and activities of the football coaches, as well as the time limits for countable athletically related activities.

Please review the 2010 University of Michigan Infractions Report and develop an initial response of approximately 150 words that addresses the following questions:

•    What key NCAA bylaws were violated by the University of Michigan and what do they require?
•    If you were a rules-compliance officer, what types of education, monitoring and documentation would you utilize to ensure coaches were abiding by NCAA Bylaw 17 legislation?

Support your statements with evidence from the required studies and your research. Cite and reference your sources in APA style.


University of Michigan Public Infractions Report (NCAA, 2010). Retrieved from