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Jim Harbaugh on the NCAA’s pending suspension: “I’d love to lay it all out there”

Jim Harbaugh would love to get a few things on record in regards to the NCAA and its suspension talks.



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Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh warms up with quarterback Alex Orji (10) on the field before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

INDIANAPOLIS, IN.  — This week has been quite eventful for Michigan football and its long-time head coach, Jim Harbaugh, as they currently face scrutiny from the NCAA. After many months of back-and-forth, the NCAA has decided to push for the suspension of Jim Harbaugh for four games during the upcoming season. Additionally, some other coaches, like offensive play-caller Sherrone Moore, will receive similar punishment with a one-game suspension.

Jim Harbaugh would “love to lay it all out there” in regards to the NCAA and its suspension

Yesterday, at Big Ten Media Day in Lucas Oil Stadium, Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh went on record, stating that, while he cannot directly comment on the matter right now, he would “love to lay it all out there” in regards to the NCAA’s potential punishments for him and his coaching staff.

When asked about the pending NCAA suspension that will sideline him for the first four games of the coming season, here is what Jim Harbaugh said.

“As you probably already know, I’m not allowed to talk about any aspect of that ongoing situation,” Jim Harbaugh explained yesterday afternoon. “I’d love to lay it all out there. Nothing to be ashamed of. But now is not that time.”

A statement from Harbaugh’s attorney

While the investigation is still ongoing, Jim Harbaugh will be unable to comment on the NCAA or its push for a likely suspension. Here is a statement from Harbaugh’s attorney, Tom Mars, from earlier this week:

“We are continuing to work cooperatively with the NCAA staff on an enforcement matter,” Mars stated. “At this time, we are not allowed to comment on possible penalties or other aspects of the matter.”

If Jim Harbaugh is to earn a suspension from the NCAA this fall, he would miss the following games of Michigan’s 2023 schedule: ECU, UNLV, Bowling Green, and Rutgers.

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