Harbaugh Not Expecting Any Suspensions for Sold Shoes

Harbaugh Not Expecting Any Suspensions for Sold Shoes

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Harbaugh Not Expecting Any Suspensions for Sold Shoes

ANN ARBOR, Mich — It hasn’t been a stellar few weeks for the Big Ten East Division.

First, it all started with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who lied at Big Ten Media Days about what he knew regarding former WR coach Zach Smith. Now on administrative leave, the situation in Columbus continues to be something of a media circus.

Then it was revealed that Maryland has a potentially toxic culture, which led to D.J. Durkin being placed on administrative leave as well.

And then Michigan’s name came up, and everyone in Ann Arbor held a collective breath.

While the situation wasn’t one where people had been abused, as seems to be the case in the other two, there were reports that Michigan was investigating whether or not its players had sold team issued shoes, which is indeed an NCAA violation. North Carolina found that to be the case with several of its players, and now has suspended double-digits as a result.

But, things look like they are looking up for those currently in the Michigan program, as head coach Jim Harbaugh revealed on Monday that the Wolverines compliance has — thus far — given the program a clean bill of health in that regard.

“Our compliance has investigated that,” Harbaugh said. “There’s been — a couple shoes reported that were (size) 14s that were out there. Talked to everybody that’s currently on the roster, and they’ve accounted for those pairs of shoes.

“The latest of what I saw was a No. 52 number. No one currently on the roster that had that number last year.”

And there were two players who wore the number 52 a year ago — now-Arizona Cardinal center Mason Cole and former linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse, who made headlines this offseason for threatening Coach Harbaugh after he was dismissed from the team for undisclosed reasons.

As far as if there are any future suspensions anticipated, Harbaugh not only said that he doesn’t expect as much, but he also is quick to caution that there are several other personas who had received team-issued footwear that could be the culprits.

In that light, Harbaugh says, the players know and understand the consequences if they are to break the rules.

“No, I don’t think so,” Harbaugh said. “I don’t know what’s happened with every single case, but if somebody sold their shoes, they’re going to be ineligible. That point’s been hammered home. It’s been — ad nauseum — explained to the players. They understand, and hopefully they’ve done the right thing.

“I think the general public thinks — and you talk about it, you read these articles, and they just assume, a pair of shoes, Michigan shoes, it must be some player on the current roster. But there was players that were on the roster last year, and (there have been) 40 that have graduated from college.

And coaches, too. We had two coaches that had size 14 shoes taht aren’t here anymore. Just don’t assume it’s somebody on the roster. Hopefully the guys that are on the roster that have college eligibility, they understand the consequences. I know that they’ve been briefed on them. Our guys are pretty smart. If they don’t, if somebody did sell their shoes, it’s going to result in missed games.”

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