NCAA ruling on Michigan coming Thursday

The NCAA on Thursday will rule on the violations by Michigan's football program and whether there will be any additional penalties for Rich Rodriguez's program.

According to colleague Joe Schad and the Associated Press, the news is positive for Rodriguez and Michigan. Schad reports that the NCAA does not believe that Rodriguez failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Michigan defended its coach against the allegation before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in August. The school admitted to exceeding NCAA time limits for football-related activities.

From Schad's story:

While the source did not reveal specifics of those findings, the person said the results were "positive news for Michigan football."

Michigan in May announced self-imposed sanctions that included probation for two years and reduced practice time by 130 hours over two years -- doubling the amount of time the Wolverines exceeded NCAA rules. I'll have more on the situation after the report is revealed, but Rodriguez really could use some positive news right about now.