Jim Harbaugh suspended first 3 games of regular season: Jay Harbaugh & Mike Hart to coach against UNLV Week 3

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Jim Harbaugh watches the game from the sideline during Michigan's 45-28 victory over Colorado on September 17, 2016. (James Coller/Maize and Blue Nation)

The University of Michigan announced its head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, will be suspended for its first three games of the season. 

UNLV Football will take on the current No. 2 ranked team in the nation without former Super Bowl Head Coach Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines.

Jim Harbaugh will be suspended for the other two games against East Carolina and Bowling Green. 

The Wolverines announced it will alternate head coaches for the first three weeks on Aug. 24.

Michigan will have Jay Harbaugh coach the first half, and Mike Hart coach the second half of the game against UNLV.

Jay Harbaugh is head coach Jim Harbaugh’s son and currently serves as the special teams coordinator for the Wolverines.

Hart holds the career rushing yards record for any Michigan running back with 5040 yards and currently is on the Wolverine’s coaching staff as the running backs coach.

Michigan announced that the head coach in week one against ECU will be defensive coordinator Jesse Minter. Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will take head coaching duties for week three against Bowling Green.

Other elevated roles for Harbaugh’s suspension are Ben Hebert, who will serve as associate head coach, and Jack Harbaugh, who will be assistant head coach.

All three games Jim Harbaugh is suspended for are non-conference, and Jim Harbaugh will be back on the sidelines for Big Ten conference play.

The suspension is a self-imposed suspension by the school after accusations of recruiting violations.

In a statement by the university, Warde Manuel, the Donald R. Shepherd director of athletics stated, “While the ongoing NCAA matter continues through the NCAA process, today’s announcement is our way of addressing mistakes that our department has agreed to in an attempt to further that process.” 

Since hiring Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines have had a 61-24 record and, excluding a shortened season in 2020, have not had a losing season.

Jim Harbaugh was short and brief in his response to the university’s statement.

“I will continue to do what I always do and what I always tell our players and my kids at home, Don’t get bitter, get better,” Harbaugh said.

UNLV Football travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Michigan Wolverines on Sep. 9 at 12:30 p.m. PST.

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