Michigan Offensive Coordinator Sherrone Moore to Miss Week 1 Game Due to NCAA Violations
In a stunning turn of events, the Michigan Wolverines’ offensive coordinator, Sherrone Moore, will be sitting out the team’s Week 1 game against East Carolina. The decision comes as a result of self-imposed penalties by the Michigan football program, stemming from NCAA violations.
But Moore is not the only one facing consequences. Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, a prominent figure in college football, will face a suspension for the first three games of the 2023 season. The punishment stems from Level I and multiple Level II violations committed by Harbaugh and the program.
While the news of the suspensions has sent shockwaves throughout the college football community, the Wolverines are wasting no time in finding replacements. An analyst will be promoted to fill Moore’s spot as offensive coordinator, although the team has not yet announced who will take on this role.
Despite the suspensions, Moore will still be allowed to serve as acting coach during Michigan’s Week 3 game against Bowling Green. However, for the season opener, the Wolverines will rely on defensive coordinator Jesse Minter to lead the team. Special teams coordinator Jay Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh’s son, will take the reins for the first half of the game against UNLV, while running backs coach Mike Hart will step up for the second half.
Harbaugh’s suspension certainly has him feeling the weight of the situation. He has described it as more than just a slap on the wrist, saying it feels like a baseball bat to the kneecaps. The allegations against Harbaugh are serious, as he is accused of providing false or misleading information to the NCAA, which is considered a Level I violation.
The initial investigation by the NCAA focused on Level II violations committed by the Michigan staff during the COVID-19 recruiting dead period in 2021. It is believed that Harbaugh contacted two prospects during this period and held practices with an excessive number of coaches on the field.
The resolution to the matter hit a stumbling block when Harbaugh denied lying to investigators, but admitted to some Level II violations. The consequences of these violations will undoubtedly have an impact on the upcoming season for the Wolverines.
Despite the setbacks, Michigan remains determined to achieve success on the field. The team is aiming to secure its third consecutive Big Ten title and make an appearance in the College Football Playoff this season. With talented players and a strong coaching staff, the Wolverines are ready to overcome the challenges that lie ahead and prove their mettle on the gridiron.