Today: April 22, 2024
Today: April 22, 2024

Tickets purchased in the name of suspended Michigan staffer to two SEC title games, AP source says

Share This
LA Post: Tickets purchased in the name of suspended Michigan staffer to two SEC title games, AP source says
October 24, 2023

Tickets for the last two Southeastern Conference championship games were purchased in the name of a suspended Michigan football staffer who is the focus of an NCAA investigation into an alleged sign-stealing scheme, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to speak publicly about an open NCAA investigation, said electronic records revealed Connor Stalions bought tickets to the games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

ESPN was first to report that in addition to tickets being purchased in Stalions' name to multiple games involving most of Michigan's Big Ten rivals over the past three years, he also bought tickets to the games of several potential College Football Playoff opponents for the Wolverines.

Michigan has won the Big Ten and played in the CFP each of the last two seasons. The Wolverines lost to Georgia 34-11 in the Orange Bowl semifinal of the 2021 playoff after the Bulldogs had lost the SEC title game to Alabama.

Last season, Michigan lost 51-45 to TCU of the Big 12 in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal.

Georgia defeated LSU in the SEC championship game and went on to win a second straight national title by beating Michigan's Big Ten rival, Ohio State, and TCU in the CFP.

Michigan and the Big Ten acknowledged the NCAA was investigating allegations of sign stealing last week. The conference informed all of Michigan’s upcoming opponents of the allegations.

The second-ranked Wolverines (8-0), who are off this week, are currently the co-favorites with Georgia to win the national title, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

NCAA rules do not directly ban the stealing of signs, but there are rules against using electronic equipment to record an opponent’s signals. One NCAA bylaw also bans “off-campus, in-person scouting of future opponents (in the same season).” There are also rules against unsportsmanlike or unethical activities by coaches, and head coaches are generally considered to be responsible for violations that occur under their watch.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh served a three-game, university-imposed suspension earlier this season for an unrelated and still unresolved NCAA violations case tied to recruiting.


Follow Ralph D. Russo at and listen at Get alerts on the latest AP Top 25 poll throughout the season. Sign up here.


AP college football:


Olympic champion Jepchirchir wins women's race at London Marathon

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya pulled away late to win the London Marathon women’s race on Sunday and cement her status as the favorite to defend her gold in Paris

15 people suffer minor injuries in tram accident at Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles

A tram accident at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles has injured 15 people

Ryan Garcia knocks Devin Haney down 3 times and hands his amateur rival his first pro loss

Ryan Garcia knocked Devin Haney down three times and handed the WBC super lightweight champion his first loss, winning the fight by majority decision but not the title because he was over the weight limit

Things to know about the NBA playoffs, which start Saturday

The Boston Celtics had almost no trouble at all with the 14 teams that didn’t make the playoffs this season, going 35-4 against those squads


Damian Lillard sets Bucks' postseason mark with 35 points in opening half vs Pacers

Scottie Scheffler builds 5-shot lead at Hilton Head. Rain forces a Monday finish

Jokic, Gilgeous-Alexander and Doncic picked as the NBA's MVP finalists. Wemby up for 2 trophies, too

Reddick steals win at Talladega for Michael Jordan as McDowell crashes at the line

- Advertisement -
Advertisement: Limited Time Offer