Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has been suspended by the Big Ten for the remaining regular season. He has been accused of being a part of the sign-steal scandal. It is a practice that is old in college football, some say.
Michigan’s staffers were accused of buying tickets to attend games against the team’s conference. The sole purpose of this act is against potential future playoff opponents. Jim Harbaugh will serve his second suspension of the year after the Big Ten banned him from the final 3 games for violating the league’s sportsmanship policy.
Jim Harbaugh also missed the initial 3 games when the school imposed on its own a penalty that was related to the recruiting violations. It is almost a year since the issue has been simmering when in the first week of January Michigan received an NCAA notice draft of allegations.
It was reported that Jim Harbaugh allegedly met recruits and treated them at a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His lack of cooperation with staff from the NCAA enforcement department during this investigation led to a delay. The draft contained a serious Level I violation.
Jim Harbaugh Out Of Game Against Penn
Coach Jim Harbaugh will be out of the game against Penn State on Saturday. There has been no change in the provisional restraining order filed by the school on Thursday. Jim Harbaugh remains out for the remainder of this season after the Big Ten ruling following the violation of the sportsmanship policy laid down by the conference.
Urban Meyer, former state coach of Ohio, has termed the suspension of Jim Harbaugh as something insane. He said that with a team there was a strong chance of a potential conference champion, even a national champion, having its head coach away from the game.
He said that he had never heard about sign-stealing schemes during his career. The Big Ten Conference could also face legal action as Michigan has threatened to drag it to court for the suspension of Harbaugh without a full investigation.