Michigan football: Analyst makes predictions about NCAA investigation

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Michigan football is in the midst of a sign-stealing scandal with the NCAA and Bruce Feldman offered some interesting predictions. 

Bruce Feldman is one of the biggest national names in college football reporting and he’s got some interesting ideas about how the Michigan football saga with the NCAA will end.

The NCAA did meet with Michigan on Thursday. Some staff were interviewed. It also sounds like coaches will get interviewed at some point.

There’s still a long way to go in this investigation. It feels like there are more details that will come out against Michigan football, but unless there is evidence that ties it all directly to the coaching staff, the Wolverines should avoid major punishment.

While many rival fans want Michigan football banned from the Big Ten championship or the playoff this season, the NCAA doesn’t do investigations quickly, plus there are plenty of questions such as who paid for the private firm that was digging into the Wolverines?

At any rate, as Chris Balas of The Wolverine reported yesterday, Feldman doesn’t see Michigan football receiving punishment this season.

"“I could be wrong on this, and I probably will be, but it doesn’t seem like the NCAA ever moves this fast,” Feldman said. “So I think at some point Jim Harbaugh wins, Jim Harbaugh leaves. I don’t know if he goes to the Bears; I don’t know if he goes to the Chargers. I don’t know where he goes. But I don’t think he’s going to be there next year.”"

Feldman won’t be the first to suggest that Jim Harbaugh could leave to coach in the NFL. Many believe he’ll get fed up with dealing with the NCAA and go back to the league if he gets the opportunity.

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That feels like a big if. We’ll see what happens, but the focus for Michigan football right now should be to win every game and leave no doubt. That’s all they can control, so they need to just let their play on the field do the talking.