If Jim Harbaugh is indeed staying with Michigan football for 2023, according to his statement Thursday afternoon, he clearly has to be dealing with a Level I violation of NCAA rules.
The Free Press has confirmed that Michigan is expected to receive an official notice of accusations from the NCAA soon, charging the program with four Level II violations – which are described as “more than the minimum but not a substantial or pervasive recruiting, competitive or other advantage.” less than” is considered. “According to a description adopted in 2019 — and with Harbaugh himself a Level I violation — a “serious breach of conduct” that “seriously undermines or threatens the integrity of the college game,” according to the guidelines.
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Punishment for the first-level violation — which the Free Press has learned is for Harbaugh lying or misleading NCAA investigators — will be imposed against him individually, and could include a suspension for one game or several games. Is.
Harbaugh’s contract, which runs through 2026, includes a clause that allows UM to fire the coach for no monetary reason. But that won’t come until the NCAA investigation is complete.
Reports have been swirling about Harbaugh’s future since the Wolverines’ loss to TCU in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. He has reportedly been contacted by the Denver Broncos and has spoken with Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper about their head coach opening. The Athletic reports that if he is offered the NFL job, Harbaugh is willing to take it.
The previous winter, Harbaugh interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings, but after not being offered the head coaching job, told the Free Press that he was committed to helping Michigan win a national championship.
On Thursday, about an hour before the athletic’s first report of NCAA violations, Harbaugh issued a statement reiterating comments he made last month, saying he expected to coach at Michigan next season. But he also said he wasn’t quite sure what the future would hold.
Yahoo! Sports first reported that Harbaugh was facing a Level I violation.
The Free Press confirmed that Level II violations are for recruiting violations and that there are a number of coaches who work with players.