Michigan Wolverines news: Jim Harbaugh and J.J. McCarthy talk sign-stealing, plus two transfers visit

In our latest Michigan Wolverines news roundup, Michigan football hosts a pair of transfers, plus Jim Harbaugh and J.J. McCarthy talk sign stealing.
Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan
Rose Bowl Game - Alabama v Michigan / Aaron J. Thornton/GettyImages

Unfortunately, some in the media won't allow the mostly debunked sign-stealing scandal to be put to bed. Signs had nothing to do with what the Michigan football team did to Alabama in the Rose Bowl. It also had nothing to do with wins over ranked teams in Ohio State, Penn State, and Iowa.

So frankly, it was embarrassing that Jim Harbaugh was asked at a national championship press conference on Wednesday, if he was worried about the Michigan Wolverines having to vacate wins.

The would be beyond ridiculous if the NCAA went that route, because there's not even proof that a rule was broken as the rule was written. Michigan football would have a great case to take that to court and I believe they would in that instance.

Harbaugh scoffed at the question, rightfully so, and told reporters, "I guess you want to live in the world of rumorville and speculation. We don't have any time to be doing that right now."

J.J. McCarthy also addressess sign-stealing, calls out Ohio State

Michigan Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy was also asked about sign-stealing and he responded that "80 percent of college football teams do it." McCarthy also pointed out that Ohio State stole Michigan football signs in 2018 and 2019. McCarthy did point out that it's legal but that the Wolverines needed to "even the playing field."

People tried to run with that comment as though it was McCarthy admitting to something. He later clarified that he meant Michigan football had to take more precaution to protect its own signs -- since Illinois, Ohio State, Rutgers, Purdue, and probably other Big Ten teams were trading them, which certainly seems like advanced scouting to me.

Regardless of what happens in the future with the corrupt NCAA, if Michigan football wins on Monday night, they will be the undisputed national champions and no amount of crying from rivals will change that.

Michigan Wolverines host two transfer portal targets

Michigan football is working to add pieces to the 2024 roster and hosted a pair of transfer portal targets for visits on Wednesday. One of them is former Wake Forest wide receiver Jahmal Banks. Banks is also expected to take a visit to Nebraska, so there's some competition for his commitment.

The same is true for former Northwestern cornerback Rod Heard. According to Allen Trieu of 247 Sports, Heard, a 5-foot-11 cornerback, had a "really good" visit. Heard is from the state of Michigan and seems like a perfect replacement for Mike Sainristil who is graduating.


Heard has 182 tackles in his Northwestern career along with two interceptions and 10 career pass breakups. Banks is a guy from Wake Forest who had over 600 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons. Michigan football has already landed former Maryland staring linebacker Jaishawn Barham, as well as Josh Priebe of Northwestern, a third-team All-Big Ten guard last season via the portal.