The biggest story in college football this week is the sign stealing controversy at Michigan. As the days have gone on we’ve learned that the depths Michigan went to get opponents signs ahead of games is quite thorough.
This from our colleagues at Wolverines Wire:
According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, Connor Stalions — the NCAA’s person of interest — has reportedly purchased tickets to more than 30 games of Michigan football’s opponents over the past three years, and he did so in his own name, per the report. Thamel says that ESPN has extensive evidence also of the paper trail and that 11 Big Ten schools have provided proof of the claims.
Woof. Where there is smoke there is usually fire is all I’ll say for now.
In regards to Notre Dame and why it matters to Fighting Irish Wire: despite Michigan not being on the schedule annually anymore, they’re still as big of rival that the Irish have outside of USC. Anything that happens with Michigan is relevant to Notre Dame in terms of recruiting and program building.
With that in mind, here is how social media has reacted in the wake of the cheating scandal in Ann Arbor.
New Look Harbaugh
Looking at photos from last year's game, Conner Stalions (mouth open, closest to the field) is right next to Michigan DC Jesse Minter when Ohio State has the football, and right next to then-co-OC Sherrone Moore when Michigan had the football. pic.twitter.com/4XYd0tXGSO
— Tom Orr (@TomOrr4) October 24, 2023
What happens in the future?
Both Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer were pushed out the door by Ohio State for substantially less than what's alleged about Jim Harbaugh.
— Mitch (@MitchBeeee) October 24, 2023
Different coach since 2021?
Michigan fans really thought Harbaugh legitimately woke up fall 2021 and turned into a good coach
— Spartan Dawgs (@SpartanDawgsEL) October 23, 2023
Michigan depth concerns
One of the things that separates good teams from great teams is depth. A key test that Michigan and Jim Harbaugh will face is whether their second string sign stealer can live up to the level they've come to expect with their starter suspended.
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 20, 2023
Whole lot of nothing to show?
Michigan is going to have both the Fab Five and Harbaugh eras vacated without even getting a national title out of either. Tough.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) October 23, 2023
Jim Harbaugh’s new cereal out on shelves now pic.twitter.com/voeazzv6yr
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) October 19, 2023
That's just mean...
Something smelled funny to this guy
Jim Harbaugh couldn’t win a meaningful game for years and all of sudden he just becomes this world beater with the perfect plan to beat his most bitter rivals?? The signs were all over the place pic.twitter.com/k2w5QdkB49
— 🍑 is trying his best (@msupeach) October 19, 2023
Little Giants for the win!
— Rob Klein (@RobKlein4) October 20, 2023
Look out, Penn State
Jim Harbaugh showing up to the Penn State game this Saturday pic.twitter.com/QOSGBreinA
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) October 24, 2023
From Ross Dellenger
For a year, Big Ten coaches have known about the Michigan analyst pictured below who they say “spearheaded” UM’s alleged sign-stealing system.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) October 20, 2023
Ric Flair...yeah, this is actually real
Coach Harbaugh @CoachJim4UM, Please Don’t Let These Ridiculous Loser Journalists Attempt To Discredit You In Any Shape Or Form. Nobody Wants Someone To Be Better Than Themselves, But You Are! Go Blue! See You At The National Championship! WOOOOO! @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/lmwOEDWu0s
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) October 21, 2023
How things changed
In 2020 Michigan won 2 games and Harbaugh had is contract cut in half. He was coaching for his job. After that, Connor Stalions starts buying tickets to Michigan’s opponents’ games. Suddenly, Michigan has Ohio State figured out and is in the playoff every year. Interesting. https://t.co/GDuOJT4mgs
— Luke (@LukeDionise) October 23, 2023
All jokes aside
This seriously is not looking good for Harbaugh and Michigan.
And any Michigan fan who thinks otherwise, is trying to convince themselves to make them feel better.
— FFBuck (@FFbuckCLE) October 23, 2023