The Ohio State football team has had to deal with baseless accusations of Ryan Day’s family being involved with accessing information illegally when it comes to Michigan’s sign-stealing scandal. This was misinformation put out there by Michigan and was debunked almost immediately.
Michigan continues to try to drag Ohio State through the mud with the latest report. According to ESPN, Michigan claims to have evidence that the Ohio State football program shared with Purdue what Michigan’s signals were prior to the Big Ten Championship Game a year ago.
As plenty of Michigan fans have told me on Twitter, stealing signs is not illegal. Teams do that all the time during games by watching other coaches on the sideline. Heck, Brent Venables is famous for doing that while he was the defensive coordinator at Clemson.
What is illegal is videotaping other teams’ signals with electronic equipment and having a staff member do advanced scouting. That is what Michigan is in trouble for, not stealing signs. This report is to try to muddy the facts about what Michigan is actually being investigated for.
I don’t think this is going to work. We know that news about punishment for Michign could come down as soon as tomorrow. Michigan just wants everyone to think that stolen signs aren’t a big deal and that everyone does that. Everyone does steal signs, but not electronically.
TTUN is also hoping that this alleged document that they have is grounds for Ohio State to be punished under the sportsmanship policy that TTUN will get punished under. I can tell you right now that’s not going to happen. What they did isn’t illegal under any set of rules.
I’m really interested to see what other tactics TTUN tries to use to get themselves out of this jam. They don’t have many plays left at this point.