'The Simpsons' take a shot at Michigan football

On the Christmas Eve episode of "The Simpsons" the show took a shot at Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh.
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The TV show "The Simpsons" has never shied away from taking shots at public figures. It's often been a part of the show and on Sunday, in the Christmas Eve edition, the show took aim at Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh over "sign gate."

Michigan football fans know the details of this scandal well. Connor Stalions, a former analyst for the Wolverines, is accused of orchestrating an in-person scouting operation. There are records of Stalions purchasing tickets at the games of opposing teams. Reportedly, Stalions gave these tickets to "agents" who purportedly record the signals of opposing teams.

Stalions resigned from Michigan football back in November. Head coach Jim Harbaugh was also suspended three games by the Big Ten Conference, even though no evidence has come to light showing that Harbaugh knew or directed the scheme.

Yet, "The Simpsons" didn't hold back. The episode also took shots at Bill Belichick in a roundabout sort of way, as well as poking fun at USC. However, the scene that will grab the attention of Michigan football fans is when Bart Simpson teaches a class on cheating at the "Jim Harbaugh Center for Competitive Imbalance."

It's pretty creative work by the writers of the show. Obviously, based on the facts, Jim Harbaugh has never cheated or directed anyone to cheat. The NCAA did send Michigan football a notice of allegations relating to "Burger Gate" but come on man, Jeremiah Smith, the top-rated recruit in the country, said publicly last week, he was waiting for his NIL deal to be confirmed before signing. That's using NIL as play-for-play which is completely against NCAA rules. Yet, teams are doing it openly.

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Instead of enforcing its rules, the NCAA is using a selective prosecution to try and push Jim Harbaugh out of college football, because he's an advocate for athletes, and anyone who is good for college athletes, is a threat to the NCAA.