It is still unclear what caused a reversal for Michigan Football when it comes to fighting the Big Ten, but on Thursday, there was a clear reversal. And, apparently there are repercussions.
On Friday, Michigan athletic Director Warde Manuel issued a statement announcing that linebackers coach Chris Partridge has been fired. Rick Minter, who has been on the staff as an analyst, and is the father of defensive coordinator Jesse Minter, will fill in as the interim linebackers coach.
Effective today, Chris Partridge has been relieved of his duties as a member of the Michigan Football staff. Rick Minter will serve as the team’s linebackers coach.
More on the story as it develops.
Update (1:59 p.m. EST):
ESPN’s Pete Thamel reports that Partridge was fired due to discussing the investigation.
Per an ESPN source, this is the specific language Michigan used to explain Chris Partridge’s firing: “As we discussed today, the university has received evidence that you have failed to abide by the university directive not to discuss an ongoing NCAA investigation with anyone…
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 17, 2023
Multiple sources say that Partridge is not alleged at this time of knowing about the advanced scouting by Stalions, but acted after the fact to cover up evidence.
More on this story as it develops.