June 22, 2024

University of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh receive notice of allegations from the NCAA

Michigan Wolverines’ head coach Jim Harbaugh is facing a Level I violation as part of NCAA’s notice of allegations regarding alleged recruiting violations.

The NCAA sent the alleged violations related to impermissible on- and off-campus recruiting during the COVID-19 dead period and coaching activities that led to the university self-imposing a three-game suspension on Harbaugh at the beginning of the 2023 football season.

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The notice also included four Level II charges related to “impermissible contact with recruits and analysts performing coaching duties.” Those Level II violations are considered less serious, with the university and the NCAA have reportedly reached a negotiated resolution.

Regarding the Level I violation against Harbaugh, the NCAA alleges that Harbaugh lied to investigators. The university and head coach continue to fight the allegation.The university, hoping to soften whatever punishment the NCAA might impose, suspended Harbaugh for the first three games of the season. The NCAA could decide to accept the three-game suspension as sufficient punishment but will complete it investigation and make a decision.

Michigan has 90 days to respond to the notice of allegations.

The NCAA’s allegations are unrelated to the sign-stealing and in-person scouting scandal that resulted in the Big Ten Conference suspending Harbaugh three games near the end of the regular season. While the Big Ten concluded its investigation, the NCAA investigation is ongoing.

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