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Michigan handed 3-year probation for recruiting violations

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Michigan will serve three years of probation related to recruiting violations after the program reached an agreement with the NCAA, the association announced Tuesday.

The Wolverines coaching staff allegedly had impermissible in-person recruiting contact during the COVID-19 dead period, impermissible tryouts, and the program exceeded the number of allowed countable coaches when non-coaching staff members engaged in on- and off-field coaching activities.

The Division I Committee of Infractions approved a resolution that was negotiated with the school and included five current or former staff members. Part of the negotiated terms also included the five staffers accepting a one-year show cause under the Level II violations, and the school will also face a fine.

"We are pleased to reach a resolution on this matter so that our student-athletes and our football program can move forward. We have no additional information and cannot comment further on other aspects of the NCAA's inquiries," Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement.

"Per NCAA protocol, we are not identifying individuals," Michigan associate athletic director Kurt Svoboda told ESPN's Heather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg. "I can note that no further game restrictions will be served by anyone who is still on the (Michigan) staff."

Neither new head coach Sherrone Moore nor any member of his staff are believed to be facing significant individual recruiting penalties, per Dinich and Rittenberg.

Michigan previously issued a self-imposed ban at the beginning of the 2023 season in which former head coach Jim Harbaugh missed the team's first three games.

Harbaugh, who became the Los Angeles Chargers head coach this offseason, wasn't named in the announcement Tuesday by the NCAA and could still face potential violations and penalties for his role. Harbaugh could be handed a Level I penalty after the NCAA accused him of being dishonest during its investigation into the violations.

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