MLive.com discovered the four Secondary/Level III NCAA violations through a Freedom of Information request. Violations of that kind are considered minor and unintentional, and do not warrant discipline for the team in question. Coaches and administrators involved in the secondary violations are required to undergo compliance training.
In explaining at least one of the violations, Michigan acknowledged head coach Jim Harbaugh and associate athletic director for football Jim Minick were "relatively new personnel." Harbaugh added Minick to his staff when he was hired by Michigan in December.
Among the violations are comments made about Wayne Lyons, the Stanford cornerback who is widely expected to transfer to Michigan. Michigan safeties coach Mike Zordich discussed Lyons's commitment with reporters on March 26, before Lyons officially signed with the Wolverines. Gwendolyn Bush, Lyons's mother and Michigan's player development coordinator, also discussed Lyons's pending transfer in a series of tweets before they were deleted.
NCAA rules prohibit team coaches and administrators from publicly commenting on unsigned recruits or transfers.
Two other violations occurred in March. On March 18, head coach Jim Harbaugh sent an autographed Michigan helmet and jersey to an auction. The items ended up being used to assist a scholarship fund in the name of a high school student who had committed suicide. Michigan did not review the donations beforehand and Harbaugh was not aware of plans to use the items in the fund, according to Michigan's self-reported violation. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from donating items to high school funds.
On March 14, Harbaugh, associate athletic director for football Jim Minick and special teams coordinator John Baxter allowed a potential recruit to sit in a premium seating area during a Michigan hockey game at Yost Ice Arena.
The fourth violation involved an "electronic correspondence/recruiting materials" violation involving content sent to potential recruits.
- Mike Fiammetta