Big Ten Reportedly Considering Suspending Jim Harbaugh Amid Sign Stealing Investigation Into Michigan

By November 6, 2023 (6:23 pm)Football

The Big Ten is reportedly considering suspending Jim Harbaugh for multiple games after the NCAA has revealed its findings from the Michigan sign stealing investigation to the Big Ten according to Ross Dellenger and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

Brett McMurphy of The Action Network reported that the Big Ten gave Michigan notice of the allegations on Monday, which the school will have 48 hours to respond, making any punishment before Wednesday unlikely.

Multiple reports indicate that Michigan plans to take legal action if the conference issues a suspension against Harbaugh, which could mean a restraining order that prevents the suspension from being enforced, allowing him to continue coaching this season according to Yahoo Sports.

Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti is able to issue a suspension of up to two games or a fine up to $10,000 on his own, but any further punishment would need approval from the Big Ten Group Executive Committee.

This comes after Big Ten coaches and administrators asked Petitti to take action against Michigan since the NCAA investigation will likely go on past this season.

Warde Manuel, Michigan’s athletic director, is a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee this year but said in a statement Monday that he will not be traveling to Texas to participate in this week’s meeting so that he can stay in Ann Arbor “attending important matters regarding the ongoing investigation.”

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