Connect with us


Michigan football critic doesn’t think Big Ten will impose severe punishment

Notable Michigan football critic Paul Finebaum doesn’t think the Big Ten will impose a severe punishment on Michigan.



Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh, Big Ten, University of Michigan
© Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

With the NCAA and College Football Playoff committee seemingly waiting until next year to make a decision on punishment for Michigan football, all eyes are now on the Big Ten. With just three weeks remaining in the college football season, the Wolverines are yet to see any punishment for the sign-stealing allegations surrounding the program. Big Ten Conference Commissioner Tony Petitti met with Big Ten coaches, as well as University of Michigan President Santa Ono this week to discuss the ongoing scandal. Despite this, notable Michigan football critic Paul Finebaum does not believe the Big Ten will have any severe actions.

Michigan football critic Paul Finebaum does not believe the Big Ten will impose a severe punishment for sign-stealing

Earlier this week on The Matt Barrie Show, Paul Finebaum discussed the potential options for Michigan football regarding punishment from the Big Ten. When asked about the potential of a 2023 Big Ten championship ban, Finebaum responded, “They have nowhere to go.”

He added, “I think (Big Ten Commissioner) Tony Petitti is playing this great, he’s having meetings with people — but in the end, I have no confidence in him doing anything as severe as you just laid out.”

Finebaum also outlined what he thinks will happen instead of a Big Ten Championship ban. “Knowing the Big Ten, they’ll let Michigan play Penn State this weekend and then probably suspend Harbaugh for the Maryland game.”

As of right now, Michigan has not received a punishment from the Big Ten and is ready to play Penn State this weekend with Coach Harbaugh on the sidelines. The Wolverines will look for a victory against their first ranked opponent of the season as they head to Beaver Stadium to take on the 8-1 (5-1 Big Ten) Nittany Lions.

Thank you for reading Blue by Ninety. For more Michigan Athletics and Big Ten content from Blue by Ninety, follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel. For feedback, questions, concerns, or to apply for a writing position, please email our Publisher at Also, be sure to check out our shop and our podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all other streaming platforms. It is because of your support that we have become one of the fastest-growing and most influential Michigan media outlets there is!