Michigan Football Under NCAA Investigation for Alleged Rule Violations
Just as the big Michigan State vs. University of Michigan football game approaches, some news has dropped regarding Wolverine football. The NCAA is investigating the Michigan football program. The reason is for allegedly violating rules that proscribe teams from “scouting, in person, future opponents,” according to a report from Yahoo Sports. As of now, the NCAA has notified the Big Ten Conference that Michigan football is under NCAA investigation.
Michigan Football Under NCAA Investigation
“Late Wednesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference and University of Michigan were notified by the NCAA that the NCAA was investigating allegations of sign stealing by the University of Michigan football program,” the Big Ten said in a statement. “The Big Ten Conference has notified Michigan State University and future opponents. The Big Ten Conference considers the integrity of competition to be of utmost importance and will continue to monitor the investigation. The Conference will have no further comment at this time.”
According to Yahoo Sports, the question is “whether Michigan used unnamed individuals to attend games of both scheduled opponents and possible College Football Playoff opponents in an effort to gather information on the signs they use to call both offensive and defensive plays.” Moreover, this marks Michigan’s second NCAA investigation. They’re already being investigated for some Level II rule violates. Those involve Harbaugh getting together with recruits during the pandemic dead period, as well as having too many coaches in practice and watching player workouts on Zoom. Michigan suspended Harbaugh for the first three games of the season. The case will be heard after the current season wraps.
Michigan is currently 6-0 and ranked No. 2 in the U.S. According to reports, the Spartans were notified of the investigation earlier this week. Michigan State has its own drama this season, as head coach Mel Tucker is out, due to sexual harassment allegations.