Michigan Receives NCAA Notice of Allegations

Michigan has received its Notice of Allegations from the NCAA outlining potential rule violations involving Jim Harbaugh’s football program, Wolverines athletic director Warde Manuel confirmed in a statement Friday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Michigan faces four Level II violations and one Level I violation. The Level I violation, considered the most serious by the NCAA, is against Harbaugh for providing false or misleading information, a source said. the team. Athleticism Thursday.
  • The NCAA found he failed to cooperate with investigators related to a Level II violation regarding contact with two prospects during the COVID-19 dead period, the source said.
  • The violations include unauthorized contact made during the COVID-19 dead period as well as a self-reported violation for improper use of an analyst for field instruction, according to the source. These infractions are considered minor infractions.

What Michigan said

“Yesterday we received draft allegations from the NCAA regarding our football program,” Manuel said in a statement. “We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate with this investigation. Out of respect for the NCAA’s enforcement process, we will not offer further comment.


The notice of allegations comes amid questions about Harbaugh’s future at Michigan. Harbaugh released a statement on Thursday reiterating his intention to coach at Michigan in 2023, though multiple sources close to Harbaugh said Athleticism Harbaugh would likely take a job in the NFL if offered this offseason.

Harbaugh, 59, is 74-25 in eight seasons at his alma mater with two Big Ten championships and college football playoff appearances each of the past two seasons.

The NCAA could still penalize Michigan for alleged rule violations, even if Harbaugh leaves for the NFL.

What does this mean for Harbaugh’s future at Michigan?

Although Harbaugh has said he plans to coach Michigan in 2023, sources close to Harbaugh say NCAA issues could factor into his decision to take a job in the NFL if he finds him. was offered.

Harbaugh’s contract requires him to abide by NCAA rules and report any violations to athletic director Warde Manuel or the Michigan Compliance Office. Harbaugh is also required to cooperate fully with the university in “establishing, educating, investigating and enforcing” these rules. The NCAA allegations should be brought up in any conversation about Harbaugh’s contract extension at Michigan.

The Level I charge against Harbaugh, while serious, may not be a deal breaker for Michigan. Harbaugh was not hit with a show cause sentence and the university was not hit with a charge of “lack of institutional control.” It is possible that the school and Harbaugh will agree on satisfactory disciplinary measures and be able to move forward together.

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