What happened? Michigan self-imposed a 3-game suspension for head coach Jim Harbaugh for the 2023 season due to an NCAA investigation into possible recruiting violations during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.
Why was he suspended? The NCAA is investigating whether Harbaugh made impermissible contact with recruits or provided impermissible benefits to recruits during the dead period.
How long is the suspension? 3 games: East Carolina, UNLV, and Bowling Green.
What will happen during the suspension? Harbaugh will be allowed to have contact with the team but not be on the sidelines during games.
What does this mean for Michigan football? A blow to the Wolverines, who are hoping to contend for the Big Ten title this season. However, the team has a deep roster and a talented quarterback in Cade McNamara, so they should be able to weather the storm.
What does this mean for Harbaugh's future at Michigan? Too early to say. The NCAA investigation is still ongoing, and Harbaugh could face additional punishment from the governing body.
What do the fans think? Split. Some believe Harbaugh deserves to be punished, while others believe the suspension is unfair.
What happens next? NCAA investigation is still ongoing. Harbaugh could face additional punishment.
What can we learn from this? Even the biggest names in college football are not immune to NCAA investigations. The NCAA is taking recruiting violations more seriously than ever before.