the Michigan Football The program is under investigation by the NCAA for several possible rule violations, including by the head coach Jim Harbaugh directly for her failure to cooperate with investigators, a Level 1 violation, sources told Yahoo Sports.
The NCAA has prepared a draft Notice of Allegations, which, once delivered to the school, will begin a 90-day window for the case before the official notice is served.
The software is also being investigated for four Level 2 violations, which are generally considered minor.
They are focusing on using too many coaches for practice sessions, meeting with a couple of recruits during the COVID-19 dead period and watching players’ workouts via video feed, according to a source.
The Level I allegation is that Harbaugh misled NCAA investigators when they were confronted with questions about the Level II allegations. A Level 1 violation could result in significant recruiting restrictions or even a suspension for a number of games.
Harbaugh’s contract allows the university to terminate it for “cause” if “the NCAA, the conference, or the university reasonably determines that (i) the head coach has committed a material violation of a material provision of the Governing Rules (including, but not limited to, a Level I violation or the second level of NCAA rules).
To reach this standard, the full NCAA process, which could take months or years, would likely need to be fully implemented.
The school can also get behind the 59-year-old who led the Wolverines to back-to-back Big Ten titles and a college playoff appearance. Harbu has never been cited for a Level 1 violation.
Harbou released a statement Thursday filled with open language about his plans for next season.
“As I mentioned in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I anticipate that I will enthusiastically coach Michigan in 2023,” said Harbaugh.
He could not be reached for further comment Thursday evening.
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