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NCAA: Harbaugh OK to speak at Paramus graduation

The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh

The NCAA told NJ.com in a report Wednesday that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is allowed so speak at the Paramus Catholic graduation on June 9 at the Prudential Center, per the rule that governs coaches speaking at a banquet or meeting "initiated and conducted by the educational institution."

It was reported Monday by NJ.com that Harbaugh will speak at the graduation, drawing some questions about the legality since Paramus Catholic has two football recruits ranked among the top-10 in-state recruits for 2017. Michigan already has several top players from the program, including incoming freshman Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the 2016 class.

Also, former Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge is now coaching linebackers at Michigan.

This is NCAA bylaw 13.1.8.1 under which an organization spokesman told NJ.com the graduation speaking engagement falls:

Banquets or Meetings at a Prospective Student-Athlete's Educational Institution Outside a Contact Period. In football, a coach may speak at a meeting or banquet at a prospective student-athlete's educational institution outside a contact period without such attendance being considered an evaluation or a visit to a prospective student-athlete's educational institution (except for dead periods per Bylaw 13.02.5.5), provided:

•    The meeting or banquet is initiated and conducted by the educational institution;

•    The coach does not make a recruiting presentation in conjunction with the appearance;

•    The coach does not have direct contact with any prospective student-athlete (or a prospective student-athlete's parents or legal guardians) in attendance; and

•    The coach does not engage in any evaluation activities.