The Big Ten Conference declares a sportsmanship policy violation by the University of Michigan football program

Rosemont, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today that the University of Michigan has been found in violation of Big Ten sports policy by conducting years of unsanctioned, in-person scouting that resulted in an unfair competitive advantage that compromised the integrity of competition.

Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01 states in part, “The Big Ten Conference expects that all contests involving member institutions shall be conducted without compromising any fundamental aspect of sportsmanship. Such basic elements include integrity of competition, civility among all, and respect for opponents and officials in particular.

The penalty imposed on the institution will require the varsity football team to compete without its head football coach for the remaining games of the 2023 regular season. This disciplinary action shall not prevent the University or its football team from participating in football team activities other than its head football coach practices or sports activities to which it applies. For clarity, the head football coach shall not be present at the venue of the game on the dates of the games to which this disciplinary action applies.

The Big Ten Conference will have no further comment at this time.

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