If you’re an Ohio State football fan like me, then the last week or so has been glorious. The Buckeyes took down Penn State, a top-seven team, without too much stress. USC lost to Utah yet again. Perhaps the only thing that rivals Ohio State’s victory is the stuff swirling around Michigan.
As you know, allegations have been levied against them that they have used technology to illegally steal signs from other teams’ sidelines to figure out what plays are being run. Connor Stalions, the low-level staffer who has now been suspended, seems to be the center of the operation.
Now, things have become a lot more juicy. According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, video evidence of Stalions videotaping sidelines is being sent to the NCAA as part of the investigation. The video clearly shows him videotaping opponents from the stands.
This is a hilarious break in the case. How stupid can you be to be caught on stadium footage by opponents to do this? There is also a paper trail that seems to point to him getting money funneled to him to purchase these tickets. That very well could be Jim Harbaugh’s doing.
Of course, there is no hard evidence of that being the case…yet. The more that comes out about this story, the more that it’s clear that there is cheating going on with that program. Thamel mentioned that Stalions had purchased tickets to games going back three years.
Every single Big Ten opponent was likely being filmed by this guy for the last three seasons. It’s no wonder that they started being good in 2021. He even bought tickets to this weekend’s Ohio State football/Penn State game but got suspended before he could attend the game.
It’s getting harder and harder for Michigan to deny that anything was happening now that more evidence keeps popping up. We will certainly stay on this story as more things develop.