The Big Ten Conference announced that the NCAA is investigating the Michigan Wolverines football program amid sign-stealing allegations, as per ESPN.
According to a report by Yahoo Sports, Michigan allegedly had people attending games of future opponents as well as possible College Football Playoff opponents to gather information on signs used to call plays on offense and defense.
Two of Michigan’s seven opponents this season informed Yahoo! Sports that they believed they were victims of sign-stealing in games against the Wolverines.
Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the country and off to a 7-0 start this year, beating opponents by an average of 24 points per game.
The NCAA notified the University of Michigan and the Big Ten Conference of the investigation into the allegations.
If the allegations are found to be true, Michigan would have violated NCAA Bylaw 11.6.1, which states: “Off-campus, in-person scouring of future opponents (in the same season) is prohibited.”
The investigation also comes as Michigan faces several Level II violations that include coaches meeting with recruits during the pandemic dead period, improper use of coaches, and watching player workouts on video.
Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is facing a Level I violation for allegedly misleading NCAA investigators and served a three-game, school-imposed suspension earlier this season.
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