Ohio State is out of any potential hot water regarding the Michigan football sign-stealing probe.
According to Yahoo Sports, the NCAA alerted the Big Ten Monday that Ohio State and head coach Ryan Day didn’t partake in any matter related to the conference’s investigation into Michigan.
The NCAA is embarking on its third week of examining alleged actions by former Michigan staffer Connor Stalions in a multi-year sign-stealing scandal. The probe has also sparked “ramped speculation” into other programs pointing the finger at each other.
Yahoo! Sports noted that Day and his family received threats after being targeted in the investigation. Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti discussed the matter with the NCAA regarding Day, and is currently in the process of determining a punishment for coach Jim Harbaugh and the program. Michigan wants a resolution to be determined at a later date, but ESPN reported Monday that action could be taken as soon as the next few days.
A Michigan official has confirmed to ESPN that the school received formal notification from the Big Ten of potential disciplinary action. This is a step stated in the league’s sportsmanship policy. pic.twitter.com/iQ7zFC2MHb
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 6, 2023
Reports have run rampant that fellow conference programs want to see Michigan punished for its actions. Stalions led the charge and failed to cooperate in the NCAA’s investigation. He was let go by Michigan last week.
As far as Penn State goes, all of this makes Saturday’s game against Michigan even more intriguing. Michigan comes into Beaver Stadium Saturday with College Football Playoff hopes on the line for both squads. UM ranks No. 3 in the country as one of only a handful of unbeaten teams remaining. The annual stripe out game will air on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff.
It’s Penn State’s biggest test of the season outside of potentially Ohio State, which the CFP committee ranked No. 1 in its initial rankings last Tuesday.