Report: Michigan's NCAA probe delayed as Harbaugh won't admit to lying

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has refused to acknowledge that he lied or misled NCAA investigators, which has slowed a case looking into the program for multiple infractions, according to ESPN's Pete Thamel.

The Wolverines cooperated as they were investigated for four Level II violations, which reportedly include contacting recruits during the COVID-19 dead period, using video feeds to watch players work out, and using too many coaches during practice.

Harbaugh, meanwhile, faces a Level I NCAA violation, considered the most severe, for failing to comply with investigators as they probed into the Level II infractions.

The 59-year-old's refusal to acknowledge the Level I violation has prevented a "negotiated resolution" from being reached, a source told Thamel, who adds that Harbaugh claims not to remember the incident.

Harbaugh would likely face a multi-game suspension if he accepts the Level I penalty.

With no resolution in immediate view, Michigan and the NCAA may be starting down a long road of investigation and appeals that could last nearly a year, according to Thamel.

Harbaugh recently announced he will return to Ann Arbor next season after being linked to the Denver Broncos' and Carolina Panthers' head coaching vacancies.

Earlier in the week, co-offensive coordinator Matt Weiss was placed on leave as he is investigated by police for alleged computer access crimes.

Michigan has enjoyed on-field success under Harbaugh, going 74-25 since 2015 and making back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances.

Report: Michigan's NCAA probe delayed as Harbaugh won't admit to lying
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