Michigan to receive notice of allegations from NCAA, Jim Harbaugh accused of Level I violation, per reports

The NCAA is investigating Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh for multiple violations according to multiple outlets including The Athletic. The notice of allegations, which was reportedly received by Michigan on Thursday, includes one Level I violation against Harbaugh himself, and multiple Level II violations. 

According to Yahoo Sports, the Level II violations include accusations that Michigan held practices with too many coaches on the field, contacted two prospects during the extended COVID-19 dead period. observed practices via an unauthorized video feed. The Level I violation — which is the most accusation — is that Harbaugh misled the NCAA when it approached him with the allegations. 

A Level I violation could result in suspension and, in some cases, grounds for dismissal based on the language of the coach’s contract. In this case, the school could move to terminate Harbaugh’s contract according to Yahoo Sports. 

The news comes at a very interesting time for Harbaugh and Michigan. Harbaugh’s name has been connected to job openings with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. Other openings in the pros could come up next week after the NFL wraps up its regular season.

The rumors were so strong that Harbaugh had to release a statement on Thursday addressing his current status with the program.

“I am aware of the rumors and speculation over the past few days,” said Harbaugh. “College and NFL teams have had great interest in all our personnel, from players to coaches to staff, and I truly believe that is a testament to the strength of our University of Michigan football program. As I stated in December, while no one knows that the future holds, I expect that I will enthusiastically coaching Michigan in 2023. I have spoken with president Santa Ono and athletic director Warde Manuel and appreciate their support of me and our program. Our mission as Wolverines continues, and we are preparing for the 2023 season with great passion and enthusiasm. As our legendary coach Bo Schembechler said … those who stay will be champions.”

That statement is even more ominous with the news that Harbaugh is under investigation by the NCAA. It not only leaves plenty of wiggle room for Harbaugh to take another job, but also suggests that his current status as the head coach of Michigan is in jeopardy for other reasons. One of those reasons could be the reported investigation. 

Michigan will have 90 days from receiving the notice of allegations to respond to the NCAA .

Harabugh is 74-25 with Michigan, earned two straight College Football Playoff appearances and won back-to-back Big Ten titles. He was 44-19-1 in four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2011-14).

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