According to CBS college football analyst Gary Danielson, Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez should be subject to losing his job if the allegations made in a Detroit Free Press story are proven correct.
Speaking to Bill Simonson on “The Huge Show” last night, Danielson said that coaches flouting NCAA guidelines on student-athletes’ workloads is “rampant” and is “grounds for firing” if it’s proven to have occurred.
“The overall topic of players practicing more than the system allows, it’s rampant. I’ve been railing on it for years,” Danielson said during the radio interview. “I think [the coach] should be fired if they practice more than the rules allow. I think it would be grounds for firing a coach. He knows what’s going on.
“I think it’s rampant. I think it’s rampant. My guess would be more than half the teams squeeze out more than the quote ‘voluntary workouts’ [that] are not voluntary. Weightlifting that is off the books shouldn’t be off the books. Film sessions that aren’t required really are required.
“I think that everybody is pushing the envelope on this… and players are afraid to say anything because there’s recriminations. And just like the quote in the paper: ‘Workouts are voluntary, but so is playing time.'”
Later on in the interview, Danielson stressed again that if a coach is found to be in violation of the 20 hour-per-week in-season NCAA mandate, that coach should be fired.