WVU officials said they made all documents available to NCAA investigators during their visit to Morgantown. They said the NCAA was able to inspect the logs and the signatures as well as other information. It ranged from who attended and/or supervised workouts and when those activities occurred to the number of hours players were made available for football activities beyond practice and training, such as media opportunities.
The NCAA accused Michigan in February of five rules violations that could be deemed as "major" and said the program "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program."
The NCAA said Rodriguez didn't monitor the activities of his staff and players.
Rodriguez eventually admitted fault and said, "We're looking at it to see why we misinterpreted (rules) and why we made mistakes."
Why the NCAA has new interest in WVU is not clear. It is possible that the organization is checking into the situation in Morgantown to see if a pattern of misbehavior could be established. A pattern has been deemed significant in previous NCAA enforcement cases.
Big East Conference officials said Tuesday that the conference it isn't involved in the matter.
If the NCAA were to find Rodriguez responsible for any rule-breaking at WVU, it would not only bolster the case at Michigan, but also reflect on WVU and bring into question its sufficiency of institutional control.
Rodriguez, a former Mountaineers safety who grew up in Grant Town, was 60-26 in seven seasons at WVU.
In his final season, WVU was ranked No. 1 and needed only to beat 28-point underdog Pitt to advance to national championship game.
The Mountaineers lost, 13-9, and Rodriguez left the next week for Michigan - the winningest program in college history and one that has never had a major NCAA infraction.
WVU sued Rodriguez in January 2008 for breach of contract after he failed to pay the first installment of the buyout in his contract on time. The case dragged for seven months. Along the way a series of depositions revealed a nasty rift that pitted the coach against the athletic department and administration.
The lawsuit was settled with West Virginia receiving the entire $4 million buyout. UM agreed to pay WVU $2.5 million and Rodriguez agreed to make three annual payments of $500,000. Michigan also covered Rodriguez's legal fees in the matter.
Rodriguez is 8-16 in two seasons at Michigan. The 3-9 2008 season was the worst in school history and the Wolverines missed a bowl game for the first time in 33 years. Michigan started 4-0 last season, but finished 5-7 and was again unable to play in a bowl.
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