Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh will be fined for his alleged violations that came to light earlier this year.
ESPN reported that Harbaugh is likely to be suspended four games, which appears to be the number agreed upon between Harbaugh and the NCAA.
“Negotiated resolution” is reportedly connected to a recruiting investigation where Harbaugh was charged with a Level I violation, the most serious, for failing to cooperate with NCAA enforcement.
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The Athletic originally reported that Harbaugh also had four Level II violations.
The school was not able to confirm the suspension.
“We continue to work cooperatively with NCAA staff on the enforcement matter,” Michigan athletic director Ward Manuel said in a statement to The Associated Press. “At this time, we cannot comment further on any aspect of the matter.”
Harbaugh was said to have provided “false or misleading information” to investigators about improper contact with recruits during NCAA-mandated dead periods.
Michigan opens its season against East Carolina, UNLV, Bowling Green and Rutgers, all four home games. If the four-game suspension is upheld, Harbaugh will be eligible to return on Sept. 30 at Nebraska.
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However, Harbaugh will be forced to miss practices.
Harbaugh is returning for his ninth season in Ann Arbor after negotiating this offseason to return to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. He also met with the Minnesota Vikings last year, which he described as a “one-time thing.”
Harbaugh is 51-17 since joining Michigan in 2015. Including his stops at Stanford and the University of San Diego, he has a college head coaching record of 74-25. During his four seasons with the 49ers, he went 44-19-1, three straight NFC championships and Super Bowl XLVII, which he lost to his brother John, and the Baltimore Ravens.
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The Wolverines, despite back-to-back Big Ten titles, have lost six straight bowl games under Harbaugh. They fell to TCU in the College Football Playoff semifinals in the Fiesta Bowl. It was their second straight CFP appearance after winning back-to-back Big Ten titles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.