Today was zero hour for Jim Harbaugh in the sign-stealing scandal that has embroiled the Michigan head coach for the last few weeks, and the news hitting Ann Arbor isn’t good.
Per ESPN, the Big Ten is going to suspend Jim Harbaugh for the rest of the regular season, which would include this weekend’s game against rival Penn State.
From the ESPN report on Friday afternoon:
“The Big Ten is expected to discipline Michigan for the in-person scouting and ongoing sign-stealing investigation and will prohibit coach Jim Harbaugh from being on the sideline until the conclusion of the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Pete Thamel. Harbaugh will be allowed to coach during the week, according to sources.”
This would be disruptive, if not a pretty big blow, to the Wolverines as they push for their third straight Big Ten title and College Football Playoff berth.
Some would probably argue that the punishment is soft and that more action should be taken, while Harbaugh and Michigan will fight any type of consequence that involves more than just the coaches involved.
Harbaugh and his attorney had already planned for the head coach to be on the plane with the team headed to Penn State.
This is probably just the beginning of a new page in this saga. Please watch this space and all of GBM Wolverine for further updates and how this could potentially affect the Wolverines here at the end of the season.
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