Desmond Howard is admonishing the Big Ten for their handling of the investigation into Michigan allegedly conducting in-person scouting and sign-stealing tactics.

Michigan has recently stated that it would possibly take legal action if the football program is punished prior to the conclusion of a full investigation, according to an anonymous source via The AP.

The ESPN analyst and former Michigan standout believes the Big Ten’s behavior is unbecoming while comparing the conference to others in the Power 5. Howard also previously blasted the Big Ten coaches for their rush to judgment on the situation.

Michigan and the Big Ten have both confirmed the university was informed of potential discipline from the conference. The Big Ten gave Michigan until early this week to answer to the allegations and evidence that has been presented.

“I can’t imagine (commissioner) Greg Sankey — or Mike Slive before him — allowing themselves to be publicly bullied into circumventing the NCAA investigative process by coaches and ADs who insist on immediate punishment before a full investigation is conducted,” Howard said. “Especially if a potential national championship is on the line for the conference.”

Big Ten bylaws provide the commissioner with the option to issue a two-game suspension and a fine of up to $10,000, although additionally harsher penalties can be levied with approval of the joint group executive committee, made up of leaders from other Big Ten universities.

Connor Stalions, the low-level staffer who was a person of interest in the investigation, has since resigned. Michigan is cooperating with the NCAA during its investigation.

The undefeated No. 3 Wolverines will travel to face No. 10 Penn State this Saturday.