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Jim Harbaugh accepts three-game suspension, Big Ten closes sign-stealing investigation

The parties have come to an arrangement, and it means no Harbaugh on the sidelines until the Big Ten Championship Game at earliest.

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh shouts and grins after a turnover late in the game took the ball away from the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh has accepted his in-game suspension for the remainder of the 2023 season and will miss the Wolverines’ matchups against Maryland and Ohio State. In turn, the Big Ten has agreed to close its investigation into the program. Harbaugh was originally scheduled to attend a court hearing on Friday pertaining to a restraining order that would’ve nullified the suspension.

Michigan’s in-person scouting/sign-stealing scandal took another major turn last Friday when the Big Ten announced that Harbaugh would be suspended from games for the remainder of the regular season. With the NCAA’s investigation into the matter bound to extend into 2024, there was mounting pressure by other Big Ten schools for the league to punish Harbaugh and Michigan before the conclusion of the season. The league handed down the suspension literally as the Wolverines were en route to their road matchup at Penn State last week. The program requested a temporary restraining order to allow him to coach in last Saturday’s matchup, but there was ultimately no ruling in time for the contest. Michigan offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore ended up filling in for Harbaugh, leading the Wolverines to a 24-15 victory over the Nittany Lions.

With this news, Harbaugh will ultimately have been suspended for half of the 2023 season. He served a self-imposed three-game suspension at the beginning of the season for Level I NCAA violations.