Michigan’s acting head coach Sherrone Moore burst into tears during an emotional post-game interview on live TV after the Wolverines’ 24-15 win at Penn State.
The Big Ten Conference banned Jim Harbaugh from coaching at Michigan’s final three regular-season games on Friday – including at Penn State – as punishment for a sign-stealing scheme.
Harbaugh attempted to get a restraining order put in place against the Big Ten and its Commissioner Tony Petitti so he could be on the sideline.
But around 90 minutes before kickoff, Michigan confirmed Harbaugh would not be at Beaver Stadium with the team and that a hearing in the school’s lawsuit challenging the Big Ten´s punishment was scheduled for November 17.
‘We look forward to presenting our case next week where we intend to demonstrate that the Big Ten has not acted legally or fairly,’ Michigan said in a statement.
Michigan acting head coach Sherrone Moore was sobbing in emotional post-game interview
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However, the Wolverines still managed to win without their coach and Moore could not hide his emotions after guiding Michigan to a rousing victory.
Sobbing, Moore said: ‘I want to thank the Lord. I want to thank Coach Harbaugh.
‘I f***ing love you man. Love the s*** out of you man. This is for you, for this university, the president, our AD.
‘We got the best players, the best university, best alumni in the country. Love you guys. These f***ing guys right here. These guys did it. I love you.’
J.J. McCarthy, Blake Corum and No. 2 Michigan played unfazed by a scandal that has hounded the program for weeks – and their toughest opponent yet – grinding past No. 9 Penn State.
Corum ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, McCarthy made few key plays with his arms and legs and the Wolverines improved to 3-0 since it was revealed the program was under NCAA investigation.
The struggles in big games continued for coach James Franklin and Penn State, which scored a combined 26 points in losses to Big Ten East rivals Ohio State and Michigan this season.
Michigan running back Blake Corum scored two touchdowns in a dominant rushing display
Moore was Michigan’s acting head coach in the absence of Harbaugh on the sideline
In a game Harbaugh no doubt loved from afar, on what turned into a chilly and gray day in Happy Valley, the Wolverines ran the ball on 32 straight plays that counted, starting with the final two of the first half and ending with a couple of kneeldowns.
The 27th run was Corum’s 30-yard touchdown to seal it with 4:15 left.
McCarthy’s lone throw during the streak drew a Penn State pass interference flag. He finished 7 for 8 for 60 yards for the game – officially 0 for 0 in the second half.
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel issued a statement about 50 minutes before kickoff saying the Big Ten and Commissioner Tony Petitti acted ‘unethically’ on Friday when they banned Harbaugh from the team’s final three regular-season games.
He called it ‘an assault on the rights of everyone (especially in the Big Ten) to be judged by a fair and complete investigation.
‘Not liking someone or another university or believing without any evidence that they knew or saying someone should have known without an investigation is not grounds to remove someone from their position before the NCAA process has reached a conclusion through a full NCAA investigative process,’ Manuel said.