Reports: Michigan receives notice of allegations from NCAA; unrelated to sign-stealing investigation

The NCAA has sent Michigan an official notice of allegations for recruiting violations, according to multiple reports.

According to Tony Garcia of the Detroit Free Press, the Wolverines “officially received an allegation of wrongdoing” regarding a draft notice of allegations around alleged Level II recruiting violations.

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Michigan athletics director Warde Manuel received the first warning of these allegations 11 months ago, according to the Detroit Free Press.

What Michigan is alleged to have violated is “impermissible Level II violations” that include “analysts serving in on-field coaching capacities, coaches watching players work out over video chats, and messaging recruits during a COVID-19 dead period,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

Michigan and university president Santa Ono have 90 days to respond in writing to the NCAA notice of allegations, according to the Detroit Free Press. After that, the NCAA will have 60 days to respond.

Michigan had already placed a self-imposed suspension toward head coach Jim Harbaugh for the first three games of this season after “hurdles arose” in the agreement between the Wolverines skipper and the NCAA over consequences related to Harbaugh’s false statements to investigators.

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The notice of allegations also pertain to a Level I violation that Harbaugh is accused of and the Level II infractions, according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.

Harbaugh was also suspended an additional three games this season after the Big Ten Conference’s investigation into in-person scouting.

The NCAA notice of allegations does not pertain to the in-person scouting scandal.