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Michigan AD Rips Big Ten For HC Jim Harbaugh’s Suspension: ‘Unethical, Insulting’

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Jarrod Prugar

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel is not pleased about head coach Jim Harbaugh being suspended for the team’s last three remaining games.

Less than two hours before today’s game at Penn State, the world found out for sure that Harbaugh wouldn’t be coaching his team in Happy Valley.

The Big Ten announced the suspension Friday, but Harbaugh fought it by having a temporary restraining order filed on his behalf. 

But the hearing won’t be until next Friday, the day before Michigan plays at Maryland. As it sits, Harbaugh is suspended for Michigan’s last three regular-season games, which also include the finale against Ohio State in Ann Arbor.

In a statement, Manuel said he felt the ruling was “completely unethical, insulting to a well-established process within the NCAA, and an assault on the rights of everyone (especially in the Big Ten) to be judged by a fair and complete investigation.”

“You may have removed him from our sidelines today,” the statement read, “but Jim Harbaugh is our head football coach. We look forward to defending Jim’s right to coach our football team at the hearing on Friday. He has instilled his pride, passion, and the team’s belief in themselves to achieve greatness. I will continue to support Jim throughout this process, my coaches and staff, and especially our student-athletes as we continue to play this gameand fight to win for Michigan and all who love us.”

Harbaugh is missing a huge game for both team’s. Michigan needs to win to stay undefeated. Penn State needs a win to have a chance at winning the Big Ten and making the College Football Playoff, something its never done. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:05 on FOX.

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