The University of Michigan has reportedly pulled a contract offer previously extended to head football coach Jim Harbaugh following allegations of cheating.
The offer would have reportedly made Harbaugh the highest-paid head football coach in the Big Ten Conference.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 30, 2023
"It is unclear exactly when the contract was floated, but Michigan is in the middle of an 8-0 season with serious championship hopes as Harbaugh has brought the school into the land of powerhouses," the New York Post reported.
"But the offer reportedly has been retracted amid sign-stealing allegations. An athletic department spokesman told the Journal that the school does not comment on employment contracts," it added.
Michigan Pulls New Contract Offer From Jim Harbaugh Amid Ongoing NCAA Issues https://t.co/MNYKHtXGQE
— Jeff Cox (@JCCentCom) October 30, 2023
"A WSJ report states that the law firm has evidence that shows the participants were going to spend around $15,000 during the 2023 season to gather intel on upcoming, and potential opponents," Outkick reported.
"The firm also reportedly has photos of the people involved in the operation, with evidence that videos from the games were then uploaded to a computer hard drive used by Connor Stalions and other Michigan coaches," it continued.
Harbaugh already suffered a three-game suspension to start the season in a punishment self-imposed by the university.
The school is now facing further investigation as NCAA officials look into the details of the latest allegations that include recording play signals of opposing teams.
Some speculate that the scandal could push Harbaugh to return to the NFL as a coach after this season. Even if he does, the scandal could impact the university for years if the NCAA comes back with strong consequences.
For now, Michigan enjoys a perfect record and top ranking but it's unclear what will happen next as the investigation continues.