NCAA Probation Revisited
The hiring of ex-Spartan John Van Dam as an offensive quality control assistant would not be “breaking news.”
But the quality control assistants were front and center when the NCAA placed Michigan on three years probation in November of 2010.
Those who followed the Michigan football team during the Rich Rodriguez era knew that two specific areas brought about the NCAA’s wrath.
The first was practice time. Part of the responsibility of the graduate and quality control assistants were to diligently keep track of practice time, and make sure only delegated personnel took part in coaching the team.
Monitoring off-season practice, helping players workout, and watching game film were all no-no’s according to the NCAA.
As it turned out Michigan practiced a total of 65 extra hours over a three year period. What seems ironic is that a team can gain approximately 60 hours of practice for a single bowl game.
Van Dam is originally from Michigan, where he played quarterback at nearby Okemos High.
He became a bench warmer at MSU when new OC Doug Nussmeier coached the Spartan quarterbacks. Later an assistant at Alabama, Van Dam has now followed Nussmeier to Ann Arbor.
Let’s hope Van Dam is extremely familiar with the NCAA rule book, all the coach’s manuals, and—most importantly— is also allowed to pick up one of those shiny-new “Michigan” stop watches.
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer