ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is looking at a four-game suspension to start the 2023 football season. According to Yahoo Sports, it was reported that the NCAA and Harbaugh are in negotiations about a suspension for NCAA Level I violations.
The attorney for Harbaugh, Thomas Mars, released a statement saying, “We are continuing to work cooperatively with the NCAA staff on an enforcement matter. At this time, we are not allowed to comment on possible penalties or other aspects of the matter.”
Harbaugh is in hot water with the NCAA due to “not cooperating” with them or misleading them about recruiting improprieties that took place during the CoVID-19 recruiting dead period. He has not acknowledged that he lied to or misled the NCAA but now working with the NCAA on a suspension shows he has accepted responsibility for recruiting violations in that time. The violations are Level II violations, which aren’t major infractions, but it was moved to a Level I when he refused to admit items to the NCAA during the investigation.
“We are continuing to work cooperatively with the NCAA staff on an enforcement matter. At this time, we cannot comment further on any aspect of the matter,” said Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel.
Coaches also being looked at in the case, according to sources from ESPN, are Michigan assistants Sherrone Moore (offensive coordinator) and Grant Newsome (tight ends). Current Baltimore Ravens assistant coach Mike Macdonald is also listed as he was the defensive coordinator at the time. He is expected to have a one-year show-cause penalty but since he is in the NFL won’t really be relevant.
The games Harbaugh would miss would be East Carolina, UNLV, Bowling Green, and Rutgers.