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Jim Harbaugh won’t coach against Penn State, court system not ready to rule

Michigan Wolverines Head coach Jim Harbaugh will not coach Saturday against No. 10 Penn State because the court system is not ready to rule on an emergency temporary restraining order, according to Outkick.

There will be an in-person hearing on November 17 at 9 a.m., according to ESPN.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks with JJ McCarthy #9 during a timeout while playing against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on October 14, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Grégory Shamus/Getty Images)

“We look forward to presenting our case next week in which we intend to demonstrate that the Big Ten did not act lawfully or fairly,” Michigan said in a statement Saturday, according to Outkick.


Harbaugh filed an emergency motion against the Big Ten Conference and Commissioner Tony Petitti Friday evening after the banned Harbaugh lecture from the sidelines for the remainder of the 2023 college football regular season.

The motion seeks an emergency temporary restraining order as well as a preliminary injunction.

The NCAA began investigating Michigan in October for allegations of off-campus sign-spotting and theft.

Jim Harbaugh takes the field

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh walks through the tunnel before a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines on October 21, 2023, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. (Adam Ruff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

On Friday, the Big Ten announced that Harbaugh would not be allowed to coach for the remainder of the season. 2023 regular season after stating that Michigan “was found in violation of the Big Ten’s sportsmanship policy for conducting a prohibited in-person scouting operation over several years, resulting in an unfair competitive advantage that compromised the integrity of the competition.


“As a sanction imposed on the institution, the college football team must compete without its head football coach for the remaining games of the 2023 regular season, effective immediately,” the Big Ten said in a statement. “This disciplinary action will not prevent the University or its football team from requiring its head football coach to attend practices or other activities of the football team other than the game activities at which For greater clarity, the Head Football Coach will not be present at the venue on the dates of the matches to which this disciplinary measure applies.

In a 13-page letter to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti said the conference “has not yet received any information indicating that head football coach Harbaugh was aware of the unconscionable nature of the sign-stealing scheme” and that the action was not a sanction of Harbaugh but a sanction against the university.

Jim Harbaugh coaches his team

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches the first half as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan Stadium on November 4, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Grégory Shamus/Getty Images)


Michigan responded with a statement after learning of the three-game ban, saying it would seek a court order “preventing this disciplinary action from taking effect.”

Saturday’s match against State of Pennsylvania is the first game against a ranked opponent for Michigan this season.

They are currently 9-0 and ranked third in the College Football Playoff standings.

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