The Big Ten secured a win over Michigan on Thursday. Despite the Wolverines previously acting indignant toward a suspension for head coach Jim Harbaugh and announcing plans to fight the move, Michigan pulled an about-face and accepted the suspension on Thursday.

As a result of Michigan closing its litigation, the B1G has also closed its investigation into Harbaugh’s program. Here was the conference had to say in a statement about Thursday’s decision:

“The Big Ten Conference’s commitment to student-athletes, sportsmanship and the Commissioner’s duty to protect the integrity of competition will never waver. Today’s decision by the University of Michigan to withdraw its legal challenge against the Conference’s November 10th Notice of Disciplinary Action is indicative of the high standards and values that the Conference and the University seek to uphold. The University of Michigan is a valued member of the Big Ten Conference and the Conference will continue to work cooperatively with the University and the NCAA during this process.”

Now, the Wolverines will move forward without Harbaugh on the sidelines for games against Maryland and Ohio State. Continuing their run without Harbaugh will be tough, but the head coach could return to the sidelines for the B1G Championship and beyond if Michigan wins out.


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