Jim Harbaugh will not coach Michigan against Penn State

Following a decision from the Big Ten to suspend Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh from coaching in each of the final three games of the Wolverines’ regular season, and subsequent court action, the coach will remain sidelined Saturday when Michigan takes on Penn State.

Following the suspension, lawyers for both Harbaugh and the University of Michigan filed a Complaint and Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the conference and commissioner Tony Petitti. The pleadings, filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, sought to immediately bar enforcement of the suspension through the imposition of a TRO.

However according to reports, Washtenaw County Circuit Court has declined to intervene in the matter ahead of Saturday’s game against Penn State, instead setting the matter in for a hearing on the merits for next Friday, before the Wolverines play Maryland:

“We look forward to presenting our case next week where we intend to demonstrate that the Big Ten has not acted legally or fairly,” Michigan said in a statement provided to Yahoo Sports.

As a basis for their motion for a TRO, the attorneys for Harbaugh and the school pointed to the “irreparable harm” associated with the suspension coming just hours before the Wolverines were set to take on Penn State on the road:

The motion also highlighted the “irreparable harm” to Harbaugh himself:

However, with the court deciding not to intervene in the matter, Harbaugh will be away from the team as the Wolverines — currently ranked No. 2 in the country — take on ninth-ranked Penn State on the road. Offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will serve as Michigan’s head coach in Saturday’s game.

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