Former Michigan assistant coach Connor Stalions, dismissed midseason due to his involvement in a sign-stealing scandal, was spotted in a Houston bar during the Wolverines’ national championship win over Washington. Videos circulating online show Michigan fans buying beers for Stalions, expressing gratitude for his perceived role in the team’s success.
The scandal involved purchasing tickets to games of future Michigan opponents to gain a strategic advantage. Stalions and his associates, with seats offering clear views of the sidelines, were accused of recording opposing coaching staffs to gather intel. While the scandal led to Stalions’ firing and an in-season suspension for head coach Jim Harbaugh, it did not derail Michigan’s success on the field.
The Wolverines concluded the season with a perfect 15-0 record, defeating Ohio State, winning the Big Ten championship against Iowa, and securing a spot in the national title game with a victory over Alabama.
Despite his dismissal from the coaching staff, Stalions remained close to the program, attending the Rose Bowl and reportedly celebrating the national championship at a Houston bar surrounded by Wolverine fans who bought him drinks as a gesture of appreciation.
Social media responses varied, with some questioning whether Stalions would ever have to pay for a drink again, others joking about him getting a championship ring, and some expressing disappointment in Michigan celebrating amid allegations of cheating.
The Wolverines’ 34-13 victory over Washington secured their first national championship since the 1990s. Stalions’ future moves remain uncertain, but it seems in Ann Arbor, he might not have to buy his own beer again.