ON THURSDAY, West Virginia University officials released a Notice of Allegations handed to them by the NCAA.
Five allegations are of the major violation variety; one is of the minor variety.
They were similar to those handed to Michigan officials in regard to football coach - and former Mountaineer head coach - Rich Rodriguez.
He, one probably correctly assumes, is the root of WVU's evil. UM uprooted Rodriguez and planted him in Ann Arbor. So, more than likely, Mountaineer fans have every right to look toward the Great Lake State and shake a fist.
According to the NCAA, however, they shouldn't stop there.
Michigan's alleged violations centered on one head coach. WVU's centers on two, including Bill Stewart, the current coach.
And, when the paperwork is completed, when/if penalties are handed down, the Notice of Allegations could morph into indictments of many within WVU's athletic department.
Yes, Rodriguez is the central character. He may have put the wheels in motion to gain an edge. Stewart may have simply kept the wheels in motion via ignorance.
In the eyes of the NCAA, however, neither ambition nor incomprehension excuses breaking of the rules. Case No. M330 - that sitting on the desk of WVU President James P. Clements - is proof positive.
Also, if WVU fans are shaking their fists, they might want to aim a couple shakes toward their own athletic department.
When Michigan was handed its Notice, then-Mountaineer athletic director Ed Pastilong indicated his department's house was in order.
"Our compliance requirements include monthly, weekly and sometimes even daily reports and they're all in our records,'' Pastilong said at the time. "They work in both a prevention mode and an educational mode in making sure our coaches are doing the right things. I have every confidence that during that time we were in full compliance.''
"We looked into it,'' WVU's Patrick Hairston, now assistant AD in charge of compliance, said. "We're very comfortable no NCAA rules were broken."
The comfort level was questioned here. Michigan hired outside help in its investigation. WVU officials "looked into it'' and were "very comfortable.''