The Big Ten Conference has yet to give any disciplinary action to Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. This was because of sign-stealing from former Wolverines staffer Connor Stalions. On Monday, a former Big Ten football staff member reported having evidence from an opponent whom Michigan faced last season. It was said that they had signs from the Wolverines and play calls.
On Tuesday, the Michigan Wolverines brought about information regarding other Big Ten teams who they believed had their signals in 2022 as well. According to The Athletic, the Wolverines stated that three conference schools shared signs before Michigan played in the Big Ten Championship game last season.
Ohio State, Purdue, and Rutgers had the Michigan Wolverines Signals in 2022
Reports have come out about Michigan providing documents to the NCAA regarding previous sign-stealing. It was stated that the Michigan Wolverines knew about the actions after the conference championship game against the Purdue Boilermakers, which they beat by a score of 43-22. The person who shared the documentation with the Wolverines said that Ohio State and Rutgers were a part of it too.
Apparently, it is common to share signals among other opponents. It just cannot be done in person by school staff members or personnel. With all of the information floating in the air to the Big Ten and NCAA, it will take a while before either reaches a conclusion on the investigation. Neither Rutgers, Purdue, or Ohio State has commented on the situation as of yet.
Big Ten Disciplinary Actions
The conference has not given out any disciplinary actions to date. But the Michigan Wolverines were informed of that, and they have an opportunity to respond to such sanctions by at least Wednesday (today) if Harbaugh is punished. According to the Big Ten, this goes against the Sportsmanship Policy.
It states that it “expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of the competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”
Something could be released by the Big Ten Conference this week. As of right now, it is unknown as to what a possible punishment may consist of. Michigan has been investigated for almost three weeks. Sadly, this is not close to the end of it. Former Michigan Wolverines staffer Connor Stalions resigned from the University last Friday!
Look Ahead For The Wolverines
Michigan has three games left on its schedule. They will face the Penn State Nittany Lions in a top-10 matchup on Saturday. This will be the biggest test to date for the Wolverines on the road.
To end 2023, the Wolverines will play Maryland before going up against their arch-rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, at the Big House. This season has been filled with questions of uncertainty and distraction, to say the least. But the players still have one goal in mind: to win a third straight Big Ten Championship and go to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
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