Michigan has received notice from the NCAA that it is investigating possible rules violations by the Wolverines’ football program, the team announced Friday.
Sports director Warde Manuel said the “draft allegations” were received on Thursday.
“We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate with this investigation,” Manuel said. “Out of respect for the NCAA’s enforcement process, we will not provide further comment.”
The investigation is believed to include impermissible text messages and calls, including some by coach Jim Harbaugh, to high school prospects during part of a pandemic-related dead period to contact potential recruits, a person with knowledge of the situation to The Associated Press. .
Jim Harbaugh under investigation for alleged 2020 recruiting violations
The NCAA is investigating Michigan and Harbaugh for recruiting violations during the 2020 season. Colin Cowherd reacts to the news.
The NCAA was also looking into whether a member of Michigan’s off-field football staff violated the rules by coaching on the field during practice, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because Michigan officials would not release the details. of the research.
The announcement came a day after Harbaugh said he hoped to coach at Michigan next season, and posted a statement on the team’s social media accounts following reports of his interest in returning to the NFL.
“I’m aware of the rumors and speculation over the last few days,” Harbaugh said. “College and NFL teams have a lot of interest in our entire staff, from the players to the coaches and staff, and I think that’s a testament to the strength of our University of Michigan football program.”
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper had a conversation with Harbaugh about the team’s head coaching position, according to a second person familiar with the situation who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Panthers don’t typically release the details of their coaching search.
Harbaugh has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to coach in Denver and Indianapolis, one of four teams he played quarterback for in the league from 1987-2000.
“As I said in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I look forward to coaching at Michigan in 2023,” Harbaugh said. “I have spoken with President Santa Ono and Athletic Director Warde Manuel and appreciate their support of me and our program.”
Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2014, winning two NFC West titles and reaching the NFC Championship Game three times in four seasons. He was 44-19-1 during that span and helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl a decade ago, where they lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens, led by his brother, John.
Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers after going 8-8 in 2014, the only season the 49ers didn’t make the postseason under his leadership, to take the Michigan job.
Harbaugh, 59, has a 74-25 record in eight seasons with the Wolverines, who were 13-0 this season before being defeated by TCU in a College Football Playoff semifinal. Harbaugh also spent four seasons as Stanford’s head coach and three more in San Diego.
Harbaugh was the 2011 AP NFL Coach of the Year and the 2021 AP College Coach of the Year.
Associated Press report.
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