Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh facing a Level I violation for failing to cooperate with investigators, as per Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.
Michigan football is under investigation for Level II violations, ones that tend to be considered minor.
Harbaugh’s Level I violation alleges that he misled NCAA investigators when asked about the Wolverines’ Level II violations. A Level I violation is a “severe breach of conduct” that “seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of college sports,” per the guidelines.
The punishment for the Level I violation could include a suspension for a game or multiple games.
The Michigan football violations include allegedly using too many coaches at practice sessions, meeting with a pair of recruits during a COVID-19 dead period and viewing player workouts on a video feed.
The NCAA has a draft of a notice of allegations, which will open a 90-day window on the case before official notice is provided, reports Wetzel.
Harbaugh has been linked to NFL Head Coaching jobs. He has reportedly had talks and discussed the Carolina Panthers coaching vacancy with owner David Tepper. The Denver Broncos have reportedly reached out to him too.
Harbaugh’s contract, which runs through 2026, includes a clause that allows for Michigan to fire the coach for cause without owing him any money. But that wouldn’t come until the completion of the NCAA’s investigation.
Jim Harbaugh released a statement through the University of Michigan on Thursday, saying that he “expects” to be the Head Coach of the Wolverines in 2023.
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