Michigan athletic director Ward Manuel announced that Michigan football off-field analyst Connor Stallions has been suspended, with pay, pending an NCAA investigation into allegations that the Wolverines personally scouted opponents, a violation of NCAA rules.
The Stallions are among the top persons of interest in the NCAA investigation. According to his now-deleted LinkedIn, he was hired by Michigan in May 2022 as an off-field analyst. According to ESPN, investigators wanted access to his computer for evidence of sign-stealing.
Stallions attended the Naval Academy from 2013-16 and assisted the Midshipmen football team. He was stationed at a military base in California from 2015-22, while also serving as a volunteer assistant in Michigan, he wrote. Before joining the full-time role, he flew across the country at his own expense to assist the defensive coaching staff during the football season, according to ESPN.
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He wrote on his LinkedIn that his work skills with Michigan included “identifying the opponent’s potential course of action and most dangerous moves” and “identifying and exploiting critical weaknesses and centers of gravity in the opponent’s scouting process,” according to ESPN. States The NCAA is investigating claims that Michigan sent scouts to take coaching cues in person at future opponent games. The NCAA does not have a law expressly prohibiting signal stealing, but it did ban private scouting in 1994.
U-M investigation explained: Can NCAA punish Jim Harbaugh’s program? If the NCAA finds the allegations true, Michigan would be in violation of NCAA Bylaw 11.6.1, which states: “Off-campus, personal scouting of future opponents (in the same season) is prohibited.”