Jim Harbaugh Suspended for 3 Games Amid Sign-Stealing AccusationsNovember 11, 2023
The Big Ten Conference banned Jim Harbaugh from coaching Michigan’s three remaining regular-season games, after allegations surfaced about an unfair sign-stealing operation. Michigan expressed outrage over the decision and warned of legal action. The conference accused Michigan of an impermissible, in-person scouting operation over multiple years and of compromising the integrity of competition. Michigan has denied involvement in any improper scouting scheme and stated that Harbaugh should not be penalized before a full investigation is conducted. The NCAA is also investigating the claims. Michigan insisted that the sign-stealing allegations against them are not unique in college football, but the Big Ten rejected this defense. The controversy has escalated, with the Wolverines preparing to take legal action to prevent the disciplinary action from taking effect.