Rant by coach Harbaugh sparks $10K fine for U of M

Punishment announced as NFL draft speculation swirls around Jabril Peppers

University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, yells at the field judge during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Ohio State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan 30-27 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — The Big Ten has reprimanded Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and fined the school $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after the Ohio State game on Saturday.

The conference made the announcement Monday.

‘BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED’

Harbaugh blasted the officiating after the Wolverines’ 30-27 double-overtime loss in Columbus, Ohio, saying he was “bitterly disappointed” during a lengthy rant.

He complained about an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he drew, a pass interference against Michigan that prolonged a key drive for the Buckeyes and a non-call of pass interference against Ohio State.

He was most ardent about the spot of a fourth-down play that gave the Buckeyes a first down in overtime when a stop would have won the game for the Wolverines.

Ohio State scored the winning touchdown on the next play.

JABRIL PEPPERS LEAVING?

Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5), defended by Central Florida defensive back Kyle Gibson (25), returns a kick off in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.
Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5), defended by Central Florida defensive back Kyle Gibson (25), returns a kick off in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016.

What’s likely more concerning for Harbaugh is reports surrounding red-shirt sophomore Jabril Peppers.

Sports attorney Darren Heitner tweeted Peppers’ mother is interviewing agents and requiring them to complete a 41-page document.

Peppers is eligible to enter into the NFL draft.  If he does, he’s expected to a high first-round pick.