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WWW.FREEP.COM MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010 JOSE LIMA DEAD AT Blackhawks.4 Sharks .............2 rzfi: Suns Mill 118 109 ft U-M Softball .12 Notre Dame 2 1 37; TIGERS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES 5B Detroit 6, LA Dodgers 2 0 Extra points U-M submits its report today Today should be a huge one for the Michigan football program. Nearly nine months after allegations of improprieties first surfaced, U-M is expected to file its formal response to the NCAA's notice of allegations, which arrived in February and outlined five potential major violations. U-M had 90 days to respond, and seemingly used of all it, according to statements by athletic director Dave Brandon last week. He said U-M's response will be made public Tuesday. He also said the response to the NCAA will include self-sanctions, the nature of which he did not disclose.

The notice cited these potential major violations: a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program, an excessive number of coaches (because the quality-control staff was involved in coaching activities), coaches attending voluntary off-season workouts and exceeding practice- and training-time limits, then-graduate assistant Alex Herron lying during the investigation, and the athletic department failing to ade- quately monitor the football program to assure compliance with NCAA rules. U-M will have a hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on Aug. 13-14 in Seattle. DREW SHARP ARCLES IF WOLVERINES TAKE THE HrT NOW, THEN FOOTBALL PROGRAM CAN MOVE FORWARD Here's expecting Michigan to do the right thing ichigan should fall on the NCAA 1 1 disciplinary sword today. There will be greater pain in the embarrassment of a once shiny idol dimmed than with the self-imposed sanctions themselves, but such a course would permit the university, its alumni, its football program and its loyal fans to finally close this chapter and move forward.

Admit responsibility. Take the hit. Take the required steps to ensure that infractions don't happen again. That's how the NCAA expects its institutions to police themselves. U-M's formal response to the NCAA's notice of allegations expected to be submitted today and include self-sanctions is not merely an admission of guilt, but an opportunity to read the mind of the Committee on Infractions, the long arm of NCAA law, and beat it to the punitive punch.

The NCAA tells its members in these investigative matters: "If you were us, knowing now what you did wrong and how we might respond, how would you punish yourself?" Respond too leniently and you risk the NCAA coming back later with a hammer. Beat yourself up too severely and you risk further compromising your program in the long term. Michigan State bludgeoned itself 15 years ago with sanctions following a thorough internal investigation that uncovered violations that weren't even a part of the initial accusations against the football program. Some MSU officials maintain to this day that M. Peter Mc-Pherson, then the president, imposed a $500 penalty for a $50 crime.

And that still wasn't enough for the NCAA, which hit the Spartans with more penalties later. The challenge for U-M in crystallizing its response wasn't how serious it considered the violations but how serious the NCAA considered the violations. (The NCAA has accused U-M of five potential major violations.) That's why U-M hired attorney Gene Marsh of Birmingham, well-experienced in the nuances of NCAA investigations. U-M is paying him well to accurately predict what the Committee of Infractions, which he served on for nine years, thinks would be a just and suitable sentence. U-M's transgressions aren't as significant as academic fraud, making payments to recruits and players, or the dreaded "lack of institutional control" that tripped up MSU 15 years ago.

But exceeding practice and training time limits, using quality-control staffers in effect to turn voluntary workouts into mandatory ones, and failing "to promote an atmosphere of compliance" strike at the core of the NCAA mission statement protecting the student-athlete ideal. Now, I'll argue, it's a fallacy. College football at its highest levels is a full-time job. It's unrealistic thinking otherwise, but the NCAA nonetheless clings to the pretense of football as a part-time diversion from classrooms and keg parties. The NCAA won't easily surrender such comfortable hypocrisy for the sake of cushioning the fall of one of its storied football brands.

That makes it incumbent upon U-M president Mary Sue Coleman to offer as little punitive wiggle room as possible when seeking NCAA approval for its self-imposed sentencing. I expect U-M to do the right tiling in its report to the NCAA Athletic director Dave Brandon promised transparency. The public is expected to get the precise details Tuesday. The findings likely will increase the temperature on Rich Rodriguez's hot seat, but the immediate future of the coach is a secondary' issue. Time will take care of that.

What's more important right now is Michigan holding itself accountable for its actions and taking a decisive step forward in restoring its time-treasured mantra of the Leaders and Best. I CONTACT DREW SHARP: 313-223055 OR DSHARPJfREEPRESS.COM CATCH "SHEP AND SHARP" 3 PM- WEEKDAYS ON WtVW 01301 JAE C. HONGAssociated Press Rick Porcello delivers during the first inning. He got Manny Ramirez to ground out with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth. Tigers' starter like bulldog on Hershiser's mound Undefeated in interleague Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA in five interleague starts.

He had a no-decision in a win over the Cubs. A break down: YEAR OPP SCORE IP ER BB SO 2009 COL 6 6 1 2 1 By JOHN LOWE FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER LOS ANGELES Rick Porcello said before this start at Dodger Stadium that what he admired about former Dodgers star pitcher Orel Her-shiser was his nickname: Bulldog. In his first game on Hershiser's mound, Porcello on Sunday became the Bulldog. He got hit by a line drive in the fourth inning. He got hit by a line drive in the fifth.

Then in the sixth, with two out and the bases loaded and the Tigers leading by a run, Porcello faced pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez. As Ramirez strode to the plate, and as the crowd went berserk with Hollywood, star- 2009 PIT 3-1 7 6 1 1 2 2009 STL 6-3 5.2 8 1 2 3 2009 (HI 5-3 5 7 2 4 3 2010 LA. 6-2 6 9 2 2 2 Jackson's left eye swollen almost shut On Porcello's first pitch to him, Ramirez grounded out to third. The Tigers added three late runs and pulled away, 6-2. Porcello had the lead all the way after Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run first.

He now has 10 home runs and 40 RBIs this season. But Cabrera, who has hit cleanup every game this year, will miss this week's two-game series in Seattle that starts Tuesday night. He is heading home to Florida for his wife's induced labor Tuesday, manager Jim Leyland said. Leyland didn't indicate who would replace Cabrera at first base. I QUICK START KEY TO VICTORY.

5B GUS RUELAS, SsMxiaM Press Austin Jackson reels after being struck on the helmet by a pitch from Dodger Ramon Troncoso in the eighth inning Saturday. Jackson believes the impact jammed the helmet into his left eye. IT "Si 4 CHARLES KRUPAAssociated Press The president wants to see the King (LeBron James, above) in Chicago. Obama advises LBJ Now, if this isn't tampering, we don't know what is! President Obama is campaigning for LeBron James to sign with the commander in chiefs beloved Bulls. "You know, like I said, I don't want to meddle," Obama told TNT.

"I will say this: (Derrick) Rose, Joakim Noah it's a pretty good core. You know, you 1 could see LeBron fitting in pretty well there." Marv Albert's interview with Obama at the White House will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesday. "I think that the most important thing for LeBron is actually to find a structure where he's got a coach that he respects and is working hard with teammates who care about him, and if that's in Cleveland, then he should stay in Cleveland," Obama said. "If he doesn't feel like he can get it there, then someplace else." Obama compared James' situation with the Bulls not winning until Michael Jordan had confidence in Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and the rest of his teammates.

appeal glee, Porcello formed his plan. "I was trying to get a good sinker in on his hands," Porcello said. "The pitch went pretty much where I wanted it." back on the field. "I'm very hopeful that Austin will be back in the lineup Tuesday (the Tigers' next game)," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "Bren-nan Boesch had the same swelling in spring training he was hit on March 2 and was back on March 5." Boesch was hit in the face by a fly ball he tried to catch.

Jackson took a pitch to the batting helmet Saturday from Dodgers right-hander Ramon Troncoso. Jackson believes the impact of the pitch jammed the helmet into his eye, causing the swelling. "It was swollen last night, but it wasn't like this," he said. "I was mad this morning, because it took me a little longer to shave." I JACKSON KEEPS A COOL HEAD. DOESN'T THINK BEANING WAS INTENTIONAL.

2B Trainer: Rookie could play Tuesday at Seattle By JOHN LOWE FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER LOS ANGELES Austin Jackson was smiling when he got to his locker Sunday morning. He sounded confident and loose, as if he'd put Saturday's beaning behind him and could get right back into the batter's box. One problem: His left eye was swollen almost entirely shut. "I can see down," Jackson said of the vision out of that eye. "But if I have to look into somebody's eyes, I have to lean my head back a little bit" Until that swelling dissipates and he can see well enough to play, the Tigers' rookie centerfielder won't be.

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