MORGANTOWN -- In his seven years as the coach at West Virginia University, Rich Rodriguez guided the school's football program to 60 wins and to the brink of a national championship game appearance.
His legacy, though, might be what happens to the program nearly three years after he left.
On Thursday, the school announced that the NCAA has sent to it a list of five potential major rules violations that began under Rodriguez's watch and continued for two years under his successor, Bill Stewart.
The charges mostly mirror the ones the NCAA alleges Rodriguez committed at the University of Michigan after he left WVU in December of 2007 to become the coach there:
| West Virginia impermissibly used noncoaching graduate assistants, staff members and student managers for football-specific coaching duties.
| The same noncoaching personnel supervised or conducted workouts during the offseason.
| Not only Rodriguez, but also Stewart and the athletic department, failed to monitor what was going on. The two coaches also are accused of failing "to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program,'' presumably because of the specific violations.
The only substantial difference between the allegations at West Virginia and Michigan is that WVU is not accused of blatantly exceeding allotted practice limits, even under Rodriguez. That is one of the key allegations at Michigan.
New WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck read a prepared statement outside his office Thursday just before the list of violations was announced.
He said that the practice of using noncoaching personnel has ceased and that, as a result of the allegations, the school has reduced the number of graduate assistants in the football program.
He also stressed that the school has and will continue to work with the NCAA since the governing body began its investigation nine months ago.
Luck did not deny any of the specific violations and did not take questions.
"Because of our strong commitment to compliance, we implemented significant changes intended to ensure that those mistakes did not continue, and that they will not happen again,'' Luck said. "This past spring, we developed new job descriptions and employment agreements which clearly detail permissible and nonpermissible activities for graduate assistants and other sport-specific personnel. In addition, we have expanded rules education and monitoring programs.