It’s possible, because apparently they went to the Bill Belichick school of rule-reading. As the venerable SpinMax pointed out in a tip over the weekend, Michigan is being investigated by the Big Ten for using a player who might be ineligible:
Michigan met with the Big Ten this week over an issue with freshman safety Artis Chambers’ eligibility. U-M misapplied an older version of a rule in which Chambers was allowed to participate with the team after graduating early from high school and joining the team in January, athletic director Bill Martin said at halftime of U-M’s game with Northwestern.
“[It won't affect the outcomes of] the first [three] because they were not conference games,” said Martin. “We’ll have to wait and see what the Big Ten says. I can’t rule anything out. I think we should get resolution this week. As soon as we found out, we went to the Big Ten office Thursday afternoon and had discussions with them on Friday.”
Martin said Michigan simply made a mistake in applying the rules.
Yeah, I’m not so sure about all this, and I highly doubt they’ll have to forfeit any games, but just wanted to pass it along that it’s in the cards. Oh yeah, and shows how on top of things they are at Michigan, not even knowing the rules of the conference. Either they’re lying, or seriously out of touch, and I’m not sure which is worse.