The University of Michigan is still in the process of an investigation of whether or not any current student-athletes sold team-issued shoes.
But Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday he doesn’t anticipate anyone to get suspended for his team.
The news was first reported by Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press.
Harbaugh says he doesn’t anticipate anyone missing time for selling shoes. All current players had to go through a shoe inventory, all shoes were present he says.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 14, 2018
Harbaugh said the football program did an inventory check of all team-issued shoes given to current players, and there were no issues.
Harbaugh went on to explain that they went through everybody on the roster after there didn’t seem to be issues.
“The latest (pair) I saw (on the market) was a No. 52 (pair of shoes). There’s nobody currently on the roster that had that number last year,” Harbaugh told reporters.
He was asked if he anticipates any suspensions for the 2018 season, and Harbaugh simply replied “no.”
Michigan’s football program marks each pair of shoes that are issued to players. Players are required to sign a letter acknowledging that selling them is an NCAA violation.
“I read these articles and (people) just assume because it’s a Michigan shoe it must be someone on the current roster. But remember, there were players on the roster last year in the numbers of 40 that graduated,” Harbaugh also told reporters.
“We had two coaches with size 14 shoes who aren’t here anymore. So just don’t assume it’s someone on the roster.”
Players Will Miss Games If Found Guilty
If the investigation conducted by the Michigan compliance department finds evidence that someone on the current roster sold a pair of shoes, Harbaugh said that there will be games missed.
Harbaugh was adamant that his players have been educated on it and they his players are generally smart. But he was also clear that there will be suspensions if players did sell their shoes.
Michigan’s compliance department began an investigation after North Carolina suspended 13 members of their team for reselling team-issued Jordan brand shoes. Michigan was then alerted by a vendor that some of their shoes were found on the secondary market.
“StockX,” a shoe-marketplace found 23 pairs of Michigan team-issued shoes, as reported by ESPN on Friday.
Michigan’s football and basketball programs are outfitted by Jordan, while the rest of the athletic department is outfitted by Nike. Michigan athletics signed an 11-year, roughly $174 million contract in 2016.