It looks like the University of Michigan football team will be without Jim Harbaugh for the first three games of this upcoming season.
According to Pro Football Talk,the school has suspended Harbaugh for the first three regular season games, stemming from allegations that the coach was not truthful to the NCAA during an investigation.
This punishment comes after the NCAA and Harbaugh had a deal on a four-game suspension, until there was a disagreement. So, Michigan has imposed their own punishment until then.
Harbaugh will be allowed to coach practice during the week, but won’t be on the sidelines for East Carolina, UNLV, and Bowling Green, and will return against Rutgers.
The 59-year-old has been insisting that he hasn’t done anything wrong, but was initially willing to take a four-game suspension. However, the NCAA’s Committee of Infractions rejected the deal that was initially negotiated.
If Harbaugh had left for the NFL after last season, as he was interested in the head coaching job for the Los Angeles Chargers, he could have avoided any type of NCAA punishment.
However, he will be back at the helms for the Wolverines this year, and this is the punishment so far.
Needless to say, you can’t help but think Michigan was gladly considering a suspension for the first three games of the season, considering they’re absolute cakewalk non power five teams (Unless one of them pull off a monumental upset).
I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Harbaugh’s absence will really be felt against East Carolina, UNLV, and Bowling Green.
Jim Harbaugh's statement on the 3-game suspension: "I will continue to do what I always tell our players and my kids at home, 'Don't get bitter, get better.'"