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Jim Harbaugh news: University of Michigan, Warde Manual release statements on suspension

Here is how the school and athletic director responded to the Jim Harbaugh news from earlier today.



Jim Harbaugh, Michigan football, Warde Manuel
Jul 27, 2023; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media during the Big 10 football media day at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Today, some massive Jim Harbaugh news hit the University of Michigan community, with Harbaugh and the program opting to self-impose a three-game suspension for the 9th year head coach following a few months of go-round with the NCAA over ‘Burgergate.’ Today, the school and AD Warde Manuel both released statements on the matter — here is what they said.

A statement from the University of Michigan Athletic Department on today’s Jim Harbaugh news

“The University of Michigan Athletic Department today (August 21st, 2023) announced that it is self-imposing sanctions in an ongoing NCAA matter related to its football program. Included in the self-imposed sanctions is a three-game suspension for Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, to be served during the opening three regular-season games of the 2023 season.  The sanctions are in addition to previously imposed recruiting restrictions.”

Warde Manuel released a statement as well

In addition to what the school/Michigan football program had to say, athletic director Warde Manuel released his own statement.

“While the ongoing NCAA matter continues through the NCAA process, today’s announcement is our way of addressing mistakes that our department has agreed to in an attempt to further that process,” Manuel’s statement read “We will continue to support (Jim Harbaugh), his staff, and our outstanding student-athletes. Per the NCAA’s guidelines, we cannot comment further until the matter is resolved.”

What will Jim Harbaugh miss?

9th-year Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh will be sidelined for three games of the coming season, which is the entirety of the Wolverines’ less-than-impressive non-conference slate. Harbaugh will miss Michigan’s matchups against East Carolina, UNLV, and Bowling Green, but will return to the Big House for the team’s Big Ten opener against Rutgers in late September.

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