Jim Harbaugh reprimanded for criticizing officiating; Michigan fined $10,000 by Big Ten

Jim Harbaugh argues a call during a game against Ohio State. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Michigan endured an excruciating loss Saturday, a 30-27 defeat in double overtime at arch rival Ohio State that may well have knocked the Wolverines out of the College Football Playoff. Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh blew his cool during that game, and afterward, he sharply criticized the officiating crew in comments that earned him a reprimand from the Big Ten, which also fined the school $10,000.

The Big Ten announced the punishments Monday in a statement that cited Conference Agreement 10.01., which includes this passage: “The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.”

In his postgame news conference, Harbaugh said…