Connor Stalions: Vacuum| Manifesto| Statement| WSJ

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Connor Stalions: Vacuum| Manifesto| Statement| WSJ

Michigan off-field analyst Connor Stalions has become a “person of interest” to the NCAA amid the investigation. ESPN says investigators also tried to gain access to the Stallions’ computers as part of the questioning.

Vacuum

Connor Stalions: Vacuum| Manifesto| Statement| WSJ

Stalions resigned from his Michigan analyst job last week, but the fallout from his sign-stealing operation continues. Michigan has attempted to deflect attention to Big Ten rivals, pointing out to the conference that other schools have shared Michigan signs with each other. The end result of that alleged information-sharing isn’t much different from what the Stalions did — but if the Wolverines are attacking Rutgers, clearly Michigan is reeling.

The mystery of the stallions continues to inspire top-level journalism. This week, The Wall Street Journal’s Laine Higgins sheds light on the Stallions’ background, their lifelong Michigan fans and their side hustle, which involves selling used vacuum cleaners online. According to Higgins’ report, Stallions kept the vacuum on the porch of his $485,000 home in Ann Arbor.

Manifesto

In a lengthy text exchange from 2021, the Stalions claimed sign-stealing and a close relationship with the Wolverines’ entire staff. He said that he envisioned one day leading Michigan football and to prepare for it he was creating a hundreds of pages long document he called the ‘Michigan Manifesto.’

It didn’t take long for Connor Stalions to boast in a text conversation about his relationship with the Michigan football team: “I’m close to the entire staff,” he wrote. In particular, he said, he “got close to CP and Jay Harbaugh”, apparently referring to current linebackers coach Chris Partridge and running backs and assistant special teams coach Jay Harbaugh, who are the sons of head coach Jim Harbaugh. 

Statement

The man at the center of an NCAA investigation into the Michigan football program has broken his silence. In a statement released through their attorney, the Stalions clarified that head coach Jim Harbaugh had no knowledge of the recent allegations of advanced scouting.

Both ESPN and Yahoo Sports initially reported that Stalions had been fired earlier today, with reports later clarifying that Stallions had resigned his position with Michigan.

Although the NCAA investigation is still ongoing, there is significant pressure from prominent figures within the Big Ten Conference – including most head coaches and athletic directors – urging Commissioner Tony Petti to immediately impose punishment.

WSJ

Connor Stalion was interested in becoming the head coach at Michigan. He inadvertently came close to potentially firing the program’s head coach.

The Wall Street Journal has taken a close look at the former Wolverines staffer, who worked under Jim Harbaugh and who resigned last week (likely under threat of termination) as part of an ongoing investigation into sign-stealing. Multiple reports make him the mastermind of the alleged scheme whose purpose was to detect opponents’ hand signals by attending games in violation of NCAA rules and recording sideline signals.

According to the article, Stallions saw two paths to becoming a college football coach: (1) play college football and become a graduate assistant; (2) To join the army. Lacking playing skills, he left his high school team as a junior and began coaching a middle-school team with his father.

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