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‘I Stake my Reputation on It’: CFB HC Staunchly Defends Jim Harbaugh

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 04: Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during the Michigan Wolverines versus the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday November 4, 2023 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. (Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire)

A lot of people have weighed in on Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and what his role in the school’s alleged illegal sign-stealing operation could have been.

“Did he know?” people are asking

“If he didn’t know, why didn’t he know?” others are wondering.

A current Division I head coach gave his thoughts via X Friday.

Biff Poggi, now in his first season at Charlotte, worked under Harbaugh at Michigan for three seasons, being an analyst in 2016 and spending 2021-22 as the associate HC, helping Michigan to consecutive Big Ten Championships and College Football Playoff berths.

Poggi took to social media Friday to strongly defend his old boss.

“I have been quiet on the Michigan situation but no longer,” Poggi wrote. “I was closer to Jim Harbaugh over the last three years than anyone except his wife and kids. If Jim knew, I would have known. I didn’t know and neither did he. I stake my reputation on it. Stop whining and get a better team.”

The Big Ten’s currently mauling what to do about the situation. ESPN reported Friday that Jim Harbaugh could be suspended for three games— starting this weekend at Penn State— among other potential punishments. The world expects to find out soon.

Connor Stalions, the alleged ringleader of the operation, resigned last Friday. Poggi’s tweet implies that there was illegal activity at Michigan, but Harbaugh wasn’t aware of it.

With or without Harbaugh, No. 3 Michigan will play at No. 10 Penn State Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on Fox. Whoever wins will greatly help their Big Ten and national championship causes.

Whoever loses will not.

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