Earlier this week, a story came out about how Michigan’s football program did not turn in its CARA logs, which track countable activities and are really at the heart of the Free Press’ allegations. The story, as expected, turned into a rather big deal, but based on the University’s write-up on the audit that discovered the logs hadn’t been turned in, it seemed like the problem had already been fixed.
During a May 2009 audit a concern was identified regarding an internal process for tracking athletic activities logged by the U-M football team. The compliance office did not receive the football team’s Countable Athletically Related Activities (CARA) forms for the 2008-2009 school year. The CARA form is an internal mechanism developed by the University to help track the total time players spend in required practice and is standard across all U-M sports.
When detail on a concern identified in an audit needs to be provided to a department, a memorandum is sent so the issue can be addressed. In this instance, the audit and a memo went to the athletic department on July 24, 2009. The forms are now turned in on a timely basis. The audit does not identify where the system broke down and it did not identify any other areas of concern with respect to the football program.
The bold sentence is pretty ambiguous because it doesn’t specifically say if the missing forms were turned in, but saying that they are “now turned in a timely basis” suggested to me that the issue was corrected. Perhaps I was just being optimistic, but Rich Rodriguez said on a Columbus radio station yesterday that this problem was corrected right after the memo was sent, so it appears that this is no longer an issue.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez told a Columbus, Ohio, radio station he fixed the problem of unkept practice logs “as soon as I learned of the issue.”
“Because of the investigation is still in the process, the NCAA won’t let us comment about it other than the fact that the practice log process, that thing was corrected as soon as I learned of the issue,” Rodriguez said Tuesday. “And as soon as this whole thing is over I’ll be happy to discuss all the other details.”
First of all, whew. The last thing Michigan needs when being investigated for practicing too much is to not have any CARA logs. It doesn’t do the PR department any favors when mistakes like this are made, adding even more negative publicity, but at least the logs were turned in right after the problem was discovered and are now turned in on time.