Tat gate was a legal issue prior to the NCAA getting involved. The FBI was investigating the tattoo parlor. Let's see, coach covers up a free tattoo, coach covers up the rape of 10+ children. Tattgate gets a bowl ban and 3 years probation, and the NCAA ignores the lack of institutional control a PSU? The NCAA has backed itself into a corner on this one. They are slow to react. They will come out with a ruling in December after the regular season is done. I am not sure what they will do, but if they go by their own definition, this is lack of institutional control in the worst possible case. If they still use the death penalty, then my guess this would be the appropriate time to use it.
The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.