The NCAA was reportedly supposed to provide Michigan football with evidence of its wrongdoing on Thursday which didn’t happen.
It might be hard to know what to think about this mess with Michigan football and the NCAA. However, I do know this — I trust Jim Harbaugh a helluva lot more than the NCAA.
Sign stealing is something that happens routinely in sports and it’s not illegal in college football. You can absolutely interpret and steal the signs of your opponent during the game.
You can’t use electronics to record signs in person. You also can’t scout in person in the NCAA which was something done as a cost-saving measure in 1994. It has nothing to do with competitiveness — teams can watch the same stuff on HD video.
The whole thing seems silly and so far, the NCAA hasn’t provided a shred of evidence. According to Chris Balas of The Wolverine, the NCAA was supposed to provide Michigan football with evidence of its wrongdoing on Thursday and it didn’t.
Is there evidence that Michigan football looked like it knew what was coming? Sure. That’s called coaching and scouting.
Jim Harbaugh vehemently denied the in-person scouting alleged by the NCAA (other coaches) and as I said, Jim has a history of honesty — the NCAA doesn’t. Simple as that.
The NCAA got egg on its face because of “Burger Gate” and it’s coming after Harbaugh again. It’s ridiculous and outside of the outrage, it’s not something Michigan football fans should worry about.
And as it happens, there have been plenty of vocal supporters of head coach Jim Harbaugh and they aren’t just Michigan football alums, although Michael Barrett’s dad came out in full support of Harbaugh on social media.
I think David Cone said it best: “So don’t eat cheeseburgers and don’t watch your opponent play. Got it.”