The Big Ten and Michigan could do legal battle should the conference suspend head coach Jim Harbaugh this week, according to multiple reports.
On Monday, the conference sent a notice of disciplinary action to Michigan—which is required when a school is likely to be sanctioned for violating the Big Ten’s sportsmanship policy. The policy gives the commissioner power to suspend a head coach for up to two games and impose a $10,000 fine.
Whatever the sanctions are though could be announced as soon as tomorrow, meanwhile, the NCAA’s investigation into possible sign-stealing is still ongoing.
That investigation likely won’t conclude until after the season. Meanwhile, Michigan, which is 9-0 and ranked third in the college football playoff rankings, is reportedly planning to take the conference to court, should they suspend their head coach.
Now, deciphering opponents’ play calls isn’t actually against the rules. But in-person scouting of future opponents—as well as using electronic equipment to steal signs—is prohibited.