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Big Ten to meet with University of Michigan President today

The Big Ten will reportedly meet with University of Michigan President Santa Ono today.



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Santa Ono, the new president of University of Michigan laughs at a joke regent Mark Bernstein told during a U of M Board of Regents meeting at the Ruthven Building at the Ann Arbor campus on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Per new reports, Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti is starting to feel the pressure from the other 13 member schools regarding the Michigan football sign-stealing scandal and ninth-year head coach Jim Harbaugh. Today, Petitti is reportedly going to be visiting Ann Arbor for the conference’s field hockey tournaments, and he will reportedly meet with University of Michigan President Santa Ono regarding potential punishment for the program and more.

Big Ten to meet with University of Michigan President today

Santa Ono has only been the University of Michigan President for two years, though he has already seen his fair share of ups and downs when it comes to Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program. With the sign-stealing scandal being the nation’s top sports headline right now, just as it has been for a few weeks, it sounds like Ono and the regents have been handling everything well thus far.

Still, there are growing concerns regarding the Wolverines’ alleged sign-stealing scandal, as well as other negative PR headlines, such as ‘Burgergate,’ the FBI investigation into ex-OC Matt Weiss, the firing of Michigan football staffer James Yood, and more.

Today, it sounds like Santa Ono and the University of Michigan football program will be getting more clarity on what is happening with the Big Ten and what action could be taken against the Wolverines. Early rumors include a potential suspension for head coach Jim Harbaugh, a potential ban from the Big Ten title game, and more. Again, these are just rumors — for all anyone knows, the conference may just want Michigan’s side of things.

Today is the day, though, and with Purdue-Michigan set to kick off tomorrow evening, expect more clarity from Tony Petitti on the Big Ten Conference’s stance on Michigan football to follow shortly. Per usual, Blue by Ninety will keep you updated as things continue to unfold in Ann Arbor.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.