Connor Stalions remains at the center of the University of Michigan sign-stealing scandal, but recent findings suggest that he did not receive direct financial support from the team during his tenure. A Freedom of Information Act request for Stalions’ expense reports while employed at the university from May 2022 to Nov. 3, 2023, revealed no responsive records, indicating that he did not file any expense reports to the team.
“The Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request for Stalions’ expense reports while he was employed from May 2022 through Nov. 3, 2023. There are no responsive records, Patricia Sellinger, chief freedom of information officer at the school, replied in an email sent Wednesday,” Lage wrote.
The NCAA has reportedly shared evidence of Stalions’ plans, budgeting, and ticket purchases related to games where he allegedly stole signs. However, the absence of expenses tied to the Wolverines football program from a financial standpoint could potentially benefit Michigan in the ongoing investigation.
While these findings may provide some relief for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan program, the NCAA does not require proof beyond a reasonable doubt to make judgments. Despite the ongoing controversy, the absence of direct financial links to the Wolverines is a notable aspect of the investigation.
As the scandal unfolds, it remains uncertain what Conor Stalions’ next career move will be, and he might consider a name change for a fresh start.