For the remainder of the regular season, Harbaugh will not be on the sidelines on Saturday. The conference did say he could coach throughout the week for the next three games, ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported.
Breaking: The Big Ten is expected to discipline Michigan for the in-person scouting and sign stealing investigation and will prohibit Jim Harbaugh from being on the sideline for the rest of the regular season, sources told @PeteThamel.He’ll be allowed to coach during the week. pic.twitter.com/dMzRU4zXow — ESPN (@espn) November 10, 2023
As of Friday afternoon, it was not clear who would serve as the head coach on an interim basis in Harbaugh’s absence. Michigan is reportedly seeking an emergency court order that would allow Harbaugh to coach this weekend.
Sources: The Big Ten is expected discipline Michigan for the in the in-person scouting and ongoing sign stealing investigation and will prohibit Jim Harbaugh from being on the sideline until the conclusion of the regular season. He will be allowed to coach during the week.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 10, 2023
ESPN further reported: “The Big Ten’s punishment is institutional, not for Harbaugh, but the head coach is serving the penalty. His suspension only bans him from the sideline on game day, as he’s allowed to coach the team the remainder of the week. “Harbaugh’s status for [Michigan’s Saturday afternoon game] against Penn State could come down to a court ruling, as Michigan sources have indicated for days they have been preparing to legally fight any decision by the Big Ten that involves punitive discipline. The most likely avenue would be filing for a temporary restraining order, which could allow Harbaugh to coach Saturday.” Harbaugh has said he was unaware Stalions was scouting opponents with the intent to steal signals. It is worth noting that stealing signals is not illegal in college football per se. It is illegal to steal signs via in-person scouting (which Michigan stands accused of) and to communicate stolen signs through electronic equipment (which Michigan does not seem to have run afoul of.) Michigan, 9-0, plays Penn State on Saturday on the road and will travel to Maryland the week after. The team will conclude its regular season on Nov. 25, hosting the country’s number one ranked team and fierce conference rival, Ohio State.
Michigan not going down quietly. School says it “intends to seek a court order, together with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh, preventing this disciplinary action from taking effect”— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 10, 2023
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