It’s legal in the NFL. It’s banned in college football. This could be a problem for Michigan.

It’s legal in the NFL. It’s banned in college football. This could be a problem for Michigan.


October 21, 2023, 11 a.m. ET

On Thursday, Michigan revealed that its No. 2-ranked football team was under investigation by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for allegedly stealing their opponents’ game signs. The alleged infraction, however, has its origins in an obscure NCAA regulation prohibiting a perfectly legal practice in most major American sports: sending scouts to future opponents’ games.

Details of what Michigan allegedly did have not been released by the university or the NCAA. On Friday afternoon, Michigan suspended with pay one of its football analysts, Connor Stalions, pending the outcome of the NCAA’s investigation. Stalions is a United States Naval Academy graduate hired by Michigan full-time in May 2022 after serving as a volunteer coach there since 2015.

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