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Jim Harbaugh Provides Update On Michigan’s Investigation Into Potential NCAA Violations

Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Michigan is one of three schools currently investigating whether some of its student-athletes sold team-issued shoes to a retailer. The school confirmed the investigation on Friday night.

Last week, North Carolina football suspended 13 players for re-selling team shoes. However, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn't expecting his program to suffer the same fate.

Speaking with media tonight, Harbaugh gave an update into the shoe investigation, saying that he doesn't expect nay UM players to be suspended.

According to the original ESPN report from last week, Michigan, Cal and Marquette were all conducting probes to see if student-athletes had sold shoes. Michigan spokesman David Ablauf told ESPN that all Wolverine players "sign a form that acknowledges that selling the shoes would jeopardize their eligibility. The shoes are also marked by the equipment staff with the player’s name or uniform number, making it more difficult to sell them anonymously." Harbaugh said tonight that all of the player's shoes were present in the inventory.

Of course, there hasn't been an official announcement from Michigan regarding the results of the investigation. We'll have to see if one is forthcoming.

At the same time, Harbaugh is notoriously closely-guarded with information regarding his team, so it is doubtful he would say this to the media if he wasn't feeling good about all of his players being cleared of any wrongdoing.