Michigan Football Self-Reports Multiple NCAA Violations Over Course of Jim Harbaugh’s First Months
The University of Michigan has self-reported itself for four NCAA violations from December to April, the first four months of Jim Harbaugh's tenure as head coach.
MLive.com reported the violations, which are Secondary/Level III NCAA violations, on Monday after acquiring documentation via Freedom of Information Act request.
One violation occurred when U-M safeties coach Mike Zordich prematurely spoke about expected graduate transfer Wayne Lyons from Stanford before he had signed. NCAA rules prohibit coaches and administrators from speaking about any unsigned recruits.
Another violation occurred on March 18 when Harbaugh sent an autographed U-M helmet and jersey to a suicide-prevention and awarness auction organized by a former high school classmate. MLive reports the auctioned items were eventually used to beneift a scholarship set up in the name of a student who had committed suicide. NCAA rules prohibit coaches and programs from donating items to benefit high school scholarships.
From U-M's report, via MLive:
"As relatively new personnel, (Harbaugh and associate AD for football Jim Minick) had not yet been briefed on the institution's process for reviewing donation requests," the report reads. "But have now been and will use that system in the future to ensure donations are reviewed by compliance."
A third violation occurred on March 14 when Harbaugh and other coaches allowed a recruit to sit in a premium seating area at Yost Ice Arena during a hockey game.
The fourth violation happened because U-M staffers created and sent electronic recruiting materials to a recruit. More from the report obtained by MLive:
Per NCAA bylaw 22.214.171.124, electronic correspondence may be sent from a coach/staffer to a recruit (or his/her parent/guardian) before they're signed, but that correspondence must be private. The other bylaw violated in this case is 126.96.36.199.2, which states "an institution may produce video or audio material to show to, play for or provide to a prospective student-athlete, provided such material includes only general information related to an institution or its athletics programs and is not created for recruiting purposes."