Jim Harbaugh was not happy with the officiating during the Michigan-Ohio State game on Saturday and made his displeasure known. The Big Ten has responded by reprimanding Harbaugh and fining Michigan $10,000 for violating its sportsmanship policy.
Here’s the statement in full:
The Big Ten office today issued a public reprimand of Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Michigan’s game against Ohio State on Nov. 26, 2016. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as result of the violation.
The Big Ten determined that Harbaugh’s postgame comments regarding officials were in violation of Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01, which states in part that “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any functional element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials. Coaches are teachers as well, and there is an expectation that they set the example for students and others in the area of sportsmanship.
The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.
This was completely expected. Harbaugh knows the score and after he ripped the officials in his post-game press conference after flipping out about a call — earning himself an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the process — he had to expect this.
Here’s what he had to say about the officials:
Harbaugh furious pic.twitter.com/rEA6ycDXDq
— angelique (@chengelis) November 26, 2016
And here is video of him throwing his play sheet and spiking his headset before earning a penalty:
The Big Ten was well within its rights to reprimand him and fine Michigan. That sucks for the school and Harbaugh though, since $10,000 would buy a ton of whole milk and Walmart khakis.