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Jim Harbaugh faces cheating allegations with recent evidence of sign stealing

Stephany Ortiz
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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been suspended from coaching regular season games due to cheating allegations. Harbaugh can still be present at practices, but cannot attend weekly games.

Harbaugh is being accused of sending a scout to other Big 10 games to find out their conference opponents’ offensive and defensive schemes.

“Connor also wants to make it clear that, to his knowledge, neither Coach Harbaugh nor any other coach or staff member told anyone to break any rules or were aware of improper conduct regarding the recent allegations of advanced scouting,” said Harbaugh’s lawyer, Brad Beckworth, via ESPN.

Although Harbaugh’s lawyer believes his client is innocent, the NCCA has hard evidence on these principal claims. According to the NCAA, they reached a ruling due to a “master spreadsheet” with detailed charts of scouts and games to attend, color coding specific matches, and monetary costs of contests for each scout.

With the 2023-2024 season coming to a close, Michigan is in the top 4 teams nationally, which would place them in the NCAA college playoffs. 

Many analysts, reporters, and current coaches demand a suspension for the Michigan football team and ineligibility to play for a national championship this year.

“You cannot have a college football program in the College Football Playoff at the expense of another team with that specter hovering over you this season,” said journalist  Stephen A. Smith via First Take. 

Smith said, “They should be suspended for the remainder of the season until the investigation is concluded.” 

With Harbaugh’s hearing this week, Michigan plans to fight this case against his cheating allegations. The court hearing will be on Friday, Nov. 17, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You can find live updates via


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