The NCAA has reportedly given the Michigan Wolverines football program its Notice of Allegation, alleging that head coach Jim Harbaugh provided “false or misleading information” to investigators about impermissible contact with recruits during the NCAA mandatory dead periods.
According to The Athletic, Michigan has received four Level II violations and one Level I violation, which is misleading information from Harbaugh.
The violations against Michigan also include the use of a defensive analyst for on-field training activities, which is against the rules, according to ESPN.
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Harbaugh, who said he “expects” to return as Michigan’s head coach next season despite rumors he could return to the NFL, could receive a multi-game suspension between possible penalties, ESPN added.
It is Harbaugh’s duty to ensure that he is monitoring staff properly, while complying with the NCAA and its rules.
Harbaugh issued a statement Thursday regarding his possible return to the NFL and while it wasn’t a definitive yes, it appears he intends to coach the Wolverines.
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“As I said in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I look forward to coaching Michigan in 2023,” Harbaugh said in a statement posted on Michigan Football’s Twitter page. “I have spoken with President Santa Ono and Athletic Director Warde Manuel and I appreciate their support of me and our program. Our mission as Wolverines continues and we are preparing for the 2023 season with great passion and enthusiasm. As our legendary coach Bo Schembechler said …’Those who stay will be champions.'”
The Carolina Panthers were rumored to be a team looking for Harbaugh as they had already begun searching for their next head coach. An ESPN report said owner David Tepper had a discussion with Harbaugh about the position Tuesday, though an interview was not considered.
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Harbaugh interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings last offseason before they ultimately drafted Kevin O’Connell, who won the NFC North in his first year. At the time, the Detroit Free Press reported that Harbaugh told Manuel that this “wouldn’t be a recurring theme every year” regarding his possible return to the NFL.
Now, Harbaugh seems to have more pressing things on his plate in Ann Arbor.
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The Wolverines just fell to the TCU Horned Frogs in the college football playoff semifinal this past weekend despite being eight-point favorites.
Michigan never had the lead in the game and TCU pulled off the biggest upset in CFP history.