“Where Is Harbaugh?” Chants Fill Beaver Stadium as Michigan Takes the Field Amidst Head Coach Jim’s Absence

Published 11/11/2023, 2:31 PM EST

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The Michigan scandal verdict is as polarizing as the NCAA sign-stealing provisions itself. Allegations have created uncertainty and potential penalties for the football program. The controversy surrounding sign-stealing arises due to the ambiguity of the rules, leading to widespread acknowledgments from NFL players, coaches, and analysts that suggest the probability that “Everyone has been guilty to some extent.”

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As many had anticipated, players “rally around Coach Harbaugh” as the Wolverines take the field against Penn State. Video footage depicting a completely sold-out Beaver Stadium, University Park depicts thousands of NFL fans chanting in unison against a verdict that could potentially adversely affect Michigan’s performance. 

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While many have openly accused Harbaugh of violating the rules of the game, branding him a “cheater,” thousands gathered at the  Beaver Stadium, University Park for the much anticipated Wolverines and Penn State match-up chant in unison- Where is Harbaugh?” An experience worthy of sending chills down any NFL fan’s spine, under the present circumstances. Jim Harbaugh who serves a three-game sideline ban will have to let his players march without him, even though he still has his fingerprints all over the gameplan. 

Due to the controversy around his potential involvement, coaching staff member Connor Stalions has resigned. In his statement, he aimed to prevent unnecessary distractions for the Michigan football program that could impact the team’s performance. The Wolverines bank heavily on their star quarterback J.J. McCarthy alongside standouts like tight end Colston Loveland and receivers Cornelius Johnson and Roman Wilson. Despite navigating through difficult times, the Wolverines aim for success this season. The Michigan coaching staff fill in the void, only momentarily. 

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Sherrone Moore taking over head coach responsibilities 

Sherrone Moore, Michigan football’s offensive coordinator, steps in as acting head coach while Jim Harbaugh serves a three-game suspension due to a sign-stealing scheme. Head coach Harbaugh is set to miss the season opener against East Carolina, with defensive coordinator Jesse Minter stepping in. The injunction Harbaugh filed wouldn’t be processed in time by the Washtenaw County court for him to coach against the Nittany Lions.

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However, Moore is set to return for week two to lead Michigan, counting on their talented squad, including quarterback J.J. McCarthy and a formidable roster. The Wolverines aim for a strong 2023-2024 season, moving full steam ahead after overcoming the unfortunate scandalous tide.

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