Jim Harbaugh has been suspended by the Big Ten for the final three regular-season games of Michigan’s 2023 season. Harbaugh will be eligible to coach in the postseason, and he will still be allowed to coach the team during the week leading up to Saturdays.

The conference stated Michigan had been found in violation of the conference’s Sportsmanship Policy for conducting an” impermissible, in-person scouting operation over multiple years” that “resulted in an unfair competitive advantage that compromised the integrity of competition.”

In a letter from the league to Michigan, the Big Ten stated it did not have evidence to prove whether or not Harbaugh knew of the operation, but it did have enough evidence to prove the operation’s existence and that fact warranted immediate.


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The suspension obviously struck a chord on social media, but it was a divisive one. Some felt the suspension was a step to far given the ongoing NCAA investigation. Some felt it was a toothless punishment from the league crafted only to maintain the middle ground.

Here’s some of the reaction: