Explaining Jim Harbaugh’s suspension for literal fighting in recruiting. According to Ross Dellenger of Yahoo Sports, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Tuesday that they will suspend Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh for four games due to an inquiry into his statements to the NCAA. This news came as a surprise to many.
As Michigan prepares to defend its Big Ten title and Harbaugh prepares to miss the season’s first four games, here is a concise explanation of the reasons behind Harbaugh’s suspension.
What did Harbaugh reportedly do?
Not much has changed. Dellenger claims that the allegations that led to Harbaugh’s suspension stem from false statements that he allegedly made to the NCAA in response to an inquiry into recruiting infractions that he and Michigan staff members committed.
The question now is, what exactly were those recruiting violations that Harbaugh and members of his staff committed? Meeting with recruits during a COVID-19 dead period (a time during the calendar year when coaches cannot meet with prospects physically), texting a recruit outside of an acceptable period, and having coaches watch athletes work out over Zoom were the four Level II infractions that the NCAA recognized.
Where exactly did Harbaugh find these players to join the team? It is said that Harbaugh bought the recruits burgers at The Brown Jug, which is a Michigan staple.
To answer your question, yes, this disagreement is about beef.
Nevertheless, the Level I violation that Jim Harbaugh committed, lying to the investigators about what he was suspected of doing, is the highest and more severe complaint that may be brought against him. Because of this significant infraction, he will miss four games and receive a suspension.
How come there are just four games?
That is easy. It is amusing to me that Harbaugh and the NCAA were able to reach an agreement over his penalty. Oh, so you lied to our investigators about certain infractions in the hiring process? Okay, we’ll work with you to come up with a suspension that’s reasonable and fair. How frequently does something like that occur in the real world? Pleading guilty would only get him four games suspended because the negotiated punishment proves that Harbaugh lied to the NCAA investigators and committed some wrongdoing.