Michigan president Santa Ono had strong praise for Jim Harbaugh despite the ongoing controversy with the football program.

On Wednesday, Ono was speaking at the Detroit Economic Club forum when he was asked by a local reporter about the 2 different suspensions handed to Harbaugh and what, if any, harm has been done to the reputation of the Michigan football program.

“He’s a man of honor. Everyone who knows him knows that.” Ono said of Harbaugh, per Aaron McMann of MLive.

On0 continued on with more praise for Harbaugh and the football program he’s built.

“It’s true that he has been on the sideline for 6 games, but we won all 6 of those games. I want to say it’s really a credit to him. The coach has talked to me about that situation and he said he knows nothing about what happened, and I trust him.”

The second of Harbaugh’s two suspensions this season ended after Michigan’s 30-24 win over rival Ohio State. The Wolverines currently sit at 12-0 on the season and could likely be going to their 3rd straight College Football Playoff with a win in the Big Ten Championship over No. 16 Iowa.

The Michigan president was also asked if he thought Harbaugh would be back at Michigan for the 2024 season.

“I hope so,” Ono said. “We have to wait and see what happens with all these investigations. He is a great coach and means a lot to the institution.”

Michigan takes on Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.