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Jim Harbaugh Facing Potential Suspension Amid NCAA Investigation: Report

Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh is negotiating with the NCAA toward a resolution that would see him be suspended for four games in the upcoming 2023 season, according to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Ross Dellenger.

The suspension stems from alleged false statements he originally made to investigators regarding recruiting violations made by Harbaugh and other members of the Wolverines’ staff, according to Dellenger.

 

“Harbaugh’s impending suspension is centered on an NCAA investigation into recruiting violations committed by he and Wolverines staff members,” Dellenger writes. “The NCAA enforcement staff alleged that Harbaugh was dishonest about the recruiting violations in his initial meeting with investigators. A quick resolution broke down in January after Harbaugh refused to admit that he lied to NCAA staff. The 59-year-old coach has maintained he didn’t recall the events when first speaking with investigators but that he was never purposefully dishonest.

If Harbaugh does indeed miss the first four games, his Wolverines will play their entire nonconference schedule and their Big Ten opener without him. Fortunately for UM, it’s not exactly a gauntlet.

Michigan opens up the 2023 season with four consecutive home games against East Carolina (Sept. 2), UNLV (Sept. 9), Bowling Green (Sept. 16), and Rutgers (Sept. 23).

The Wolverines return 15 starters from a 2022 squad that won the Big Ten and finished with a 13-1 record. Their only loss on the season came against TCU in the Fiesta Bowl, a 51-45 thriller that sent the Horned Frogs to the National Championship game.

Michigan is expected to open up the season inside the top five of the AP Poll and looks to be the favorite to win the Big Ten for the third consecutive season.

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