Michigan football is going to get hit with some sort of violation from the NCAA and one anonymous head coach commented on how stupid it was.
There have been a lot of words used to describe the alleged Michigan football sign-stealing operation led by staffer Connor Stalions.
It has been called “elaborate” and a “vast network.” Instead, it’s just one dude who either didn’t know he was breaking the rules or was just brazen to the point that he didn’t care.
Either way, the steps that Connor Stalions took to run this in-person scouting operation weren’t brilliant. He used his own name to purchase tickets and also paid “scouts” such as the former D-3 player/coach who went to a game for Stalions according to a report from ESPN.
According to a report from the Washington Post, Stalions paid a total of $15K and bought tickets to over 30 games. We have even seen that some of the teams scouted went beyond the Big Ten such as future playoff opponents.
The idea that this was some elaborate scheme is hilarious on its face. It’s pretty clear that Stalions was acting as a lone wolf, who was trying to impress the coaching staff as he tried to make his dream come true of one day becoming Michigan football head coach.
That’s not a joke, he actually wrote a 600-page manifesto about it, according to SI.com, which got text messages from someone else trying to break into the industry that communicated with Stalions.
Stalions even hinted that he accessed private information while he was with the Naval Academy in furtherance of a recruiting strategy he was developing based on GPA over test scores.
On Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff, Bruce Feldman, who also predicted Jim Harbaugh will be in the NFL next season, said that he’s talked to 30 head coaches who say the allegations against Michigan football are “very damning.”
Another said, “They (Michigan) should be held accountable for sheer stupidity.”
It certainly wasn’t the smartest plot and wasn’t all that complex either, which gives credence to the lone-wolf theory, which at least for now, is supported by the evidence.