The Big Ten bans Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh amid sign-stealing scandal
The GIST: College football’s behemoths continued to separate themselves from the rest of the field on Saturday, but the biggest fireworks came off the gridiron, with some explosive coaching updates.
No Harbaugh, no problem: No. 2 Michigan secured a 24–15 statement win over now–No. 12 Penn State without head coach (HC) Jim Harbaugh, whom the Big Ten banned from the sidelines for the rest of the regular season as punishment for the program’s ongoing sign-stealing saga.
- Michigan’s already thrown a Hail Mary to reinstate Harbaugh, so far to no avail. And with their most important season matchup — November 25th’s “The Game” against No. 3 Ohio State — coming up fast, the Wolverines are as defiant as ever.
A pair of coaching pink slips: Following Penn State’s aforementioned loss, the team fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich yesterday. But Texas A&M had the weekend’s most expensive firing, releasing HC Jimbo Fisher after a disappointing five and a half seasons, with a $77.6M final paycheck. Jim-bye.