Jim Harbaugh was officially suspended by the Big Ten for the remainder of the regular season on Friday afternoon.

The suspension comes as part of the Big Ten’s investigation into Michigan’s sign-stealing scandal which is centered around ex-Michigan analyst Connor Stalions. The Big Ten says it has “uncontroverted” evidence that Michigan violated the league’s sportsmanship policy with the years-long scheme.

As part of the suspension, Harbaugh will not be permitted to be on the sidelines — or in the venue at all — for any of Michigan’s remaining regular season games. However, Harbaugh can still participate in practices and other team activities besides game day.


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Here’s a description of the punishment from the Big Ten’s official release:

As a penalty imposed on the institution, the University football team must compete without its Head Football Coach for the games remaining in the 2023 regular-season, effective immediately. This disciplinary action shall not preclude the University or its football team from having its Head Football Coach attend practices or other football team activities other than the game activities to which it applies. For clarity, the Head Football Coach shall not be present at the game venue on the dates of the games to which this disciplinary action applies.

It’s believed that Harbaugh will be eligible to return to the sidelines for the Big Ten Championship Game if the Wolverines qualify. Michigan is currently tied with Ohio State for first place in the Big Ten East and is just one game ahead of Penn State entering their Week 11 matchup.

Kickoff vs. Penn State is set for 12 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.