The University of Michigan's football program is currently under investigation by the NCAA for allegedly stealing signs, according to a statement released by the university. Michigan, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, assured that it is fully cooperating with the investigation and that the ongoing inquiry will not affect their upcoming game against Michigan State.
The Big Ten Conference also confirmed the investigation but did not provide any additional details. They did, however, inform Michigan's upcoming opponents about the investigation. In a statement, the Big Ten emphasized the importance of competition integrity and stated that they will continue to monitor the situation.
While the NCAA does not have specific rules against sign stealing, they do prohibit in-person advanced scouting of opponents and have bylaws in place to prevent unsportsmanlike activities.
This is not the first time that Michigan has found itself at odds with the NCAA. Earlier this year, an investigation into impermissible contact with recruits led to a self-imposed three-game suspension for head coach Jim Harbaugh. However, the case is still unresolved as the NCAA's committee on infractions rejected a potential negotiated settlement based on Harbaugh's cooperation with investigators.
The University of Michigan expressed its commitment to the highest ethical and integrity standards for all members of its community. They are actively cooperating with both the Big Ten and the NCAA during this investigation.
As of now, there are no further details regarding the allegations or the potential consequences for the Michigan football program. The investigation is ongoing, and all parties involved will have to await further updates.