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AP source: NCAA drops charge versus Rich Rodriguez

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LARRY LAGE | November 3, 2010 07:58 PM EST | AP

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The NCAA has dropped a charge directed at Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez, a person with knowledge of the ruling has told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one is permitted to comment on the case until the sports governing body announces its decision on Thursday.

The NCAA accused Michigan of five major rules violations related to exceeding practice and workout time in the wake of a Detroit Free Press report last year. The report led to investigations by both the school and the NCAA.

Michigan challenged one allegation – that Rodriguez failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA rules. The school accepted responsibility for the other four allegations regarding practice and training time.

Michigan announced in May that its self-imposed sanctions included probation for two years and reducing training time by 130 hours over two years, doubling the amount of time the Wolverines exceeded NCAA rules.

The school also reprimanded seven people, including Rodriguez.

The Wolverines started this season 5-0 but have lost their last three straight. They play Illinois on Saturday.