- Jim Harbaugh will not coach his Michigan Wolverines team against Penn State
- Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will lead the team in Harbaugh’s absence
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Jim Harbaugh will not be on the sideline when his Michigan Wolverines team take on Penn State today after being delayed in his attempt to get a restraining order against the Big Ten and its Commissioner Tony Petitti.
The Big Ten Conference banned Harbaugh from coaching at Michigan’s three remaining regular-season games on Friday as punishment for a sign-stealing scheme.
The school delivered on its promise to fight back in court a few hours later, asking a Michigan judge for a temporary restraining order that would allow Harbaugh to coach the Wolverines in their biggest game of the season so far.
Their attorneys asked for a speedy decision that would allow Harbaugh to coach against the Nittany Lions in the top-10 matchup that is scheduled to kick off a little after noon Eastern.
But ESPN reporter Pete Thamel reported that there will not be a ruling in the case today – meaning Harbaugh is unable to be on the sideline in Pennsylvania.
Jim Harbaugh will not be on the sideline for the Michigan Wolverines’ game against Penn State
Michigan offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will lead the team in Harbaugh’s absence
Michigan defensive lineman Kris Jenkins arrives for the game amid the off-field controversy
It means offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will serve as Michigan’s acting head coach.
The conference disciplined the school Friday for an elaborate, in-person scouting scheme that is also being investigated by the NCAA.
Conference rivals have been angry and frustrated as evidence mounted that a former low-level staffer was buying tickets to the games of Michigan’s opponents and sending people to record video of sideline signals.
Harbaugh has denied any knowledge of an improper scouting scheme in his program.
The rare punishment of a national championship contender in the final stretch of its season and one of college football’s most successful coaches by its own conference has become one of the biggest stories in sports.
Harbaugh and his lawyers were trying to get a restraining order against the Big Ten and its commissioner Tony Petitti
‘Like all members of the Big Ten Conference, we are entitled to a fair, deliberate and thoughtful process to determine the full set of facts before a judgment is rendered,’ Michigan President Santa Ono said in a statement.
‘Today´s action by Commissioner Tony Petitti disregards the conference´s own handbook, violates basic tenets of due process, and sets an untenable precedent of assessing penalties before an investigation has been completed.’
On the field, Michigan has been the most dominant team in the country, beating its opponents by average of 36 points per game and not allowing more than one touchdown in any game.
The Wolverines’ competition so far has been the only argument against its excellence. Penn State will be the first ranked team Michigan has faced.
Harbaugh’s team is vying for a third straight Big Ten championship and appearance in the College Football Playoff.
Former Michigan Man Tom Brady tweeted out the same phrase as current Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy and many other Michigan players on social media Friday
The Big Ten suspended Harbaugh on Friday for the rest of the regular season in connection with an in-person sign-stealing scandal. The University of Michigan filed a restraining order in local county trial court in order to re-instate Harbaugh and to bypass the conference’s ruling.
After Penn State, the Wolverines are at Maryland before the traditional regular-season finale against heated rival Ohio State. The third-ranked Buckeyes visit Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Nov. 25.
The Big Ten’s penalty would allow Harbaugh to return for the Big Ten championship game and the playoff, if Michigan makes it.
Tom Brady waded in on the controversy involving his former college as current and former players tweeted out one-word responses to Harbaugh’s suspension.
Following the suspension’s announcement, multiple Michigan football players tweeted out the word ‘Bet’ – in the modern slang context defined by Urban Dictionary as ‘something [a person] says when someone doubts him’.
Those players included current Michigan starting QB J.J. McCarthy as well as former Michigan QB and future Hall-of-Famer Brady.