Jim Harbaugh reprimanded by Big Ten, UM fined $10,000
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has been reprimanded by the Big Ten and Michigan has been fined $10,000 for his violation of the Big Ten’s Sportsmanship Policy, the conference announced Monday.
Harbaugh spent most of his post-game news conference after the Wolverines’ double-overtime loss to Ohio State last Saturday fuming about the officiating. Ohio State won, 30-27.
The Big Ten, in its release, said Harbaugh’s post-game comments regarding the officials were in violation of Big Ten Conference agreement 10.01, which states in part: “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel in a statement said that matter is over: "The Big Ten has made a decision. We also consider this matter concluded and will have no further comment."
Harbaugh launched into his criticism of the officials first regarding what he believed was a bad spot on OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett’s fourth-down sneak in the second overtime. Officials ruled it a first down and that was confirmed after a review. Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel then scored on a 15-yard run to win the game.
“There wasn’t a first down by that much,” Harbaugh said, holding his hands about a foot apart.
“I’m bitterly disappointed with the officiating today. That spot. The graphic display is the interference penalties. One not called on us on Grant Perry was clearly being hooked before the ball got there. And the previous penalty they called on Delano Hill. The ball is uncatchable by the receiver. So I’m bitterly disappointed in the officiating. Can’t make that any more clear. My view of the first down is what that it was short.”
Ohio State was called for two penalties for six yards. Michigan was called for seven penalties for 59 yards.
“Two penalties called all day,” Harbaugh said. “Multiple holding penalties let go, multiple false starts. The official on my wide is concerned about whether our coaches are in the white or not in the white. Wants us not on the field. Their coaches were on the field practically in the huddle at times. I’m bitter.”
Harbaugh was incensed about a Hill getting called for pass interference in the fourth quarter on an Ohio State third-and-7 play. The ball looked uncatchable, but the first down on the penalty gave the Buckeyes new life and they scored to tie the game.
He was furious there was no pass interference called on the Buckeyes when Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight threw to Perry in the second overtime on third down. Harbaugh wanted a penalty called on Gareon Conley.
Harbaugh and the Michigan sideline also were called for unsportsmanlike conduct after Harbaugh threw his play sheet and hat. He disagreed with an offside penalty on Maurice Hurst.
Responding to a question about whether he felt Michigan lost the game or it was taken from them, Harbaugh skewered the officials again.
“What do you think? That’s what I think,” Harbaugh said. “As I said, bitterly disappointed in the officiating. (They) could have been watching the game rather than being concerned about, throwing a hat. If you throw a hat? If you throw a script toward your sideline, that’s a penalty? I asked him about it, he said, ‘Well, it is in basketball.’ I go, ‘Well, this isn’t basketball.’ Well, he told me he officiates basketball. I don’t know the relevance. He said it would have been a technical in basketball. I’m bitter.”