What Jim Harbaugh’s NCAA Level I violation means for Michigan

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is facing a more serious NCAA Level I violation for failing to cooperate with investigators for a minor violation.

Thursday was a busy one for Michigan’s football schedule.

First, head coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement regarding the rumors linking him to the NFL, but in doing so he left the door open for an exit.

Next, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reported that Michigan was facing NCAA violation allegations.

On Thursday evening, the Notice of Allegations for these violations arrived and they included something a little more serious than the expected “minor violations”.

Jim Harbaugh faces NCAA Level I violation for deceptive investigators

According to AthleticsHarbaugh is slapped with a Level I violation, the most serious level under NCAA infraction laws, because “he failed to cooperate with investigators related to a Level II violation involving contact with two prospects during the COVID-19 dead period”.

It sounds like a classic case of “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up”.

The Tier II violations that Michigan was brought up for would be the type of minor violations that result in a slap on the wrist. The Wolverines allegedly had inappropriate contact with rookies during the COVID-19 dead period. They also reported a violation involving an analyst coaching players.

However, a Level I violation is a much more serious matter, especially if the NCAA has determined Harbaugh’s refusal to cooperate was flagrant. He could face more than a slap on the wrist.

Most concerning for Michigan fans? The Athletic also reported that NCAA issues could play a role in whether or not he leaves for the NFL.

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