Michigan football program suffered a significant blow when, on the eve of its first game against a ranked opponent this season, head coach Jim Harbaugh received a three-game suspension amid accusations of sign stealing.
But the Wolverines responded on Saturday, defeating State of Pennsylvania 24-15 to improve to 10-0 on the season.
It’s that value, Harbaugh believes, that makes the Wolverines «America’s team.»
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«Looking at it from where I was looking at it, I thought, ‘How can you not see this?'» Harbaugh said during a news conference Monday.
«The excitement of the team, the perseverance and then the toughness of these guys.»
He Big Ten Conference announced Friday that the veteran head coach would be sidelined for the final three games of the season amid investigations into an in-person scouting and sign-stealing operation, the latest of which centers on the former understaffer. Connor Stallions level.
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The investigations come as Michigan seeks a third consecutive conference championship and the school’s first national title since 1997.
«It’s got to be America’s team. It’s got to be America’s team,» Harbaugh said Monday. «America loves a team that beats the odds, beats adversity, beats what the naysayers and the critics, the so-called experts, think. That’s my favorite kind of team.»
Harbaugh, who has already missed the first three games of the season due to a school-imposed suspension for an unrelated incident NCAA recruiting violations case, He is looking for the courts to intervene so as not to miss more games.
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«I’m just looking for that opportunity, the due process,» he said Monday. «I’m not looking for special treatment. I’m not looking for a popularity contest. I’m just looking for the merit of the case.»
If things don’t go his way on Friday, Harbaugh said offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will once again fill in for him.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.