Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s alleged violation occurred after he ‘bought a recruit a hamburger at a local restaurant and was dishonest when the NCAA saw the receipt’
- Jim Harbaugh has reportedly been charged with a Level 1 violation from the NCAA
- And the charge is said to stem from a visit to a local burger spot with recruits
- Harbaugh was reportedly dishonest about the visits in an NCAA deposition
- And he could even be suspended for multiple games if he stays in school
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Jim Harbaugh’s alleged Level 1 violation reportedly stemmed from his buying players burgers – and being dishonest about it.
Reports this week said Harbaugh is facing a Level I violation from the NCAA, which is defined as a ‘serious violation of conduct’ that ‘seriously undermines or threatens the integrity of college sports.’
And The Wolverine revealed that the charge comes from taking committed recruits on ‘impromptu visits[s]’ at a local burger joint, and claimed during the deposition that he had ‘no recollection’ of those events.
Jim Harbaugh may reportedly be suspended for his violation of NCAA rules
However, a source who spoke to the publication said there is evidence that he does in fact remember.
The meals reportedly took place at Ann Arbor staple the Brown Jug.
Harbaugh and his staff also face four Level 2 charges, with Athletic director Warde Manuel confirming Friday that the school has received notice of the allegations from the NCAA.
‘Yesterday, we received draft allegations from the NCAA regarding our football program,’ he said.
‘We have cooperated and will continue to cooperate with this investigation. Out of respect for the NCAA’s enforcement process, we will not offer further comment.’
The meal reportedly happened at the Brown Jug in Ann Arbor, Michigan
According to the Detroit Free Press, the lesser Level 2 violations are for recruiting violations and having too many coaches working with players.
Meanwhile, Harbaugh’s Level 1 violation could carry a heavy penalty, as he could be suspended for one game or multiple games.
Of course, it will be a moot point if Harbaugh returns to the NFL, with the Panthers and Broncos reportedly interested.
Harbaugh issued a lengthy statement Thursday on rumors that he could leave for the NFL
However, it looks like he will be in Michigan to face whatever punishment the NCAA hands down.
‘I am aware of the rumors and speculation these past few days. College and NFL teams have a great interest in all of our personnel, from players to coaches to staff, and I truly believe that is a testament to the strength of our football program in University of Michigan,’ he said in a statement released Thursday.
‘As I said in December, while no one knows what the future holds, I look forward to coaching Michigan in 2023. I have spoken with President Ono and Athletic Director Warde Manuel and appreciate their support of me and our program. ‘