Central Michigan is investigating whether a Michigan employee was on the sideline for the Michigan State game

Michigan’s sign-stealing scandal continues to get weirder.

Multiple outlets reported Tuesday that Central Michigan is currently investigating whether Michigan employee Connor Stallions was present on the sidelines for the Sept. 1 season opener against Michigan State, Michigan’s future opponent. A man resembling Stallions can be seen wearing CMU gear while standing next to several of the team’s coaches. He was wearing bench credentials in photos from the FS1 broadcast.

“we In the process of determining the facts “Those around them,” Carnegie Mellon University athletic director Amy Fullan said in a statement on ESPN.com. “As this process is ongoing, we have no further comment at this time.”

This is a new development in an investigation that previously consisted of reports that the Stallions had purchased tickets to games involving future Michigan opponents. For the first time, the Stallions were positioned on the sideline facing Michigan’s incoming opponent’s sideline.

There is no indication that Stallions was recording video on the Michigan State sideline. That would have been a bit obvious.

So, if he wasn’t recording, why was he there? (If he had been there.) He would have made mental notes, at best, of the things he saw directly across the field.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh denied any knowledge of the alleged sign theft. Under NCAA regulations, this wouldn’t matter; He is responsible for everything that happens within the program.

The investigation has sparked speculation that Harbaugh will leave Michigan for the NFL, where he coached the 49ers from 2011 through 2014. The NFL recently suggested in an item on the website it owns and operates that Harbaugh He may be suspended by the NFLIf he tries to return to professional football.

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Harbaugh interviewed with the Vikings in 2022 and the Broncos in 2023.

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