How will this impact the 2023 season?
From an infractions/punishment standpoint, unless Michigan self-imposes something, nothing should happen in 2023. The biggest fear seems to be a postseason ban, but that is highly unlikely. The NCAA has not presented its case to Michigan, and likely won’t for some time. Once it does (if it does), Michigan football will have 90 days to respond. That puts us in February.
Whether or not serious infractions will actually be imposed depends on if Michigan is going to roll over for the NCAA or if they’re going to seriously challenge them. If they challenge the NCAA, it’s likely that the punishment would be very minimal. But that should be pretty far out. How else will this impact this year’s team?
The players are very angry. They feel like their hard work is being dismissed, and they’re out for blood. As we saw against MSU, this team came out firing. The rest of the season is personal now, and I honestly think it’s going to push this team to a whole other level.
Michigan wants to destroy every team in its path. As a bonus, doing so would actually tremendously help their case against the NCAA. To win a championship, Michigan will have to beat four top 10 teams between now and the end of the postseason, with three of those being top four. If Michigan does that, it’ll prove that the sign stealing had a minimal effect, if any.
All we can do is wait and see what happens, but for now, enjoy this phenomenal season. This team is special. Go Blue!