One of the biggest things that Michigan fans have been clinging to during this sign-stealing saga is plausible deniability. They have claimed that Conor Stalions is a lone wolf and the coaches didn’t know he was stealing signs against the Ohio State football team and other Big Ten teams.
Well, that theory got blown out of the water on Tuesday thanks to a report from the Washington Post. According to them, Michigan coaches knew about the signs being stolen and set up a schedule of travel for the scouting trips to be done. It’s pretty damming.
The evidence was obtained from an outside law firm as well, so that’s how this investigation started. Heck, it could have gone back to the old offensive coordinator having illegal use of a computer that he got fired for. Who knows how they got it?
All that matters is that the evidence clearly shows that coaches were conspiring to use the video footage of opposing teams’ signs. That includes the Ohio State football team over the past two years, in which they attended eight Buckeye games. No wonder they weren’t able to win either game!
I’m not sure how there aren’t penalties that come down swiftly and harshly on Michigan. I think that a ban from the Big Ten Championship is very much on the table. The Big Ten doesn’t have to wait for the NCAA to make a ruling about banning them from the Championship Game.
Jim Harbaugh is in big trouble, but I’m sure he’ll try to jump to the NFL after this year is over to avoid any sort of sanctions. It’s clear from this report that he knew what was going on. I am really interested to see what kind of action is taken and if any is taken this season.
More and more tidbits from this story keep coming out every day. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.