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Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh Can’t Coach Last 3 Regular Season Games

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh

Update (6:07 p.m.)—

**Michigan has officially filed an injunction.

It looks like Michigan will be playing Penn State tomorrow without its coach.

The Big Ten announced Friday afternoon that, due to the current investigation into Michigan for alleged sign-stealing, Jim Harbaugh will be prohibited from coaching any of Michigan’s last three regular-season games, starting Saturday in Happy Valley.

Harbaugh will still be able to oversee Michigan’s practices during the week.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel reported that the Big Ten was “expected to discipline Michigan for the in-person scouting and ongoing sign-stealing investigation and will prohibit Jim Harbaugh from being on the sideline until the conclusion of the regular season.

About 20 minutes later, the Big Ten made the news official with a statement:

“Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”
“As a penalty imposed on the institution, the University football team must compete without its Head Football Coach for the games remaining in the 2023 regular-season, effective immediately. This disciplinary action shall not preclude the University or its football team from having its Head Football Coach attend practices or other football team activities other than the game activities to which it applies. For clarity, the Head Football Coach shall not be present at the game venue on the dates of the games to which this disciplinary action applies. “

“The Big Ten Conference will have no additional comment at this time.”

The Action Network’s Brett McMurphy reported that, per sources, Michigan’s expected to seek a temporary restraining order, which would allow Harbaugh to coach at Penn State Saturday. This news came down while Harbaugh and Michigan were flying to Penn State.

Michigan and Penn State are scheduled to kickoff at noon on Fox.

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