Michigan football staffer suspected of inebriated driving

ANN ARBOR, MI – The executive of opening for a University of Michigan’s football team was arrested Monday, Mar 5 on guess of inebriated driving.

Fergus Connolly, 40, of Ann Arbor was arrested about 11:50 a.m. during First and Mosley streets in Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor troops Detective Lt. Matthew Lige reliable in an email.

Connolly has not been rigourously charged.

In a statement, a Michigan jaunty dialect said: “We are wakeful of an occurrence involving Fergus Connolly. We are still available some-more minute information before commenting further.” 

Lige would not recover additional sum of a incident.

“We have lab formula that need to be submitted before charges can be brought,” Lige said. “That will take several weeks.”

Connolly, who assimilated Michigan’s jaunty dialect in 2016, has spent a final dual seasons as a football team’s “director of performance.” He combined executive of Michigan’s football operations to his pursuit responsibilities before to a 2017 season.

He done $255,000 in 2017, according to UM’s annual income report. 

Connolly is a second football staff member underneath conduct manager Jim Harbaugh to have a run-in with police. In May 2015, Jim Minick, afterwards Michigan’s associate jaunty executive for football, was arrested on guess of inebriated driving.

Minick pleaded guilty to handling a car while inebriated and was condemned to 8 months of probation, with a suspended sentence of 93 days in jail, with credit for one day served. Court annals did not prove that he ever served time in jail. 

Minick offering to renounce from Michigan, though then-athletic executive Jim Hackett refused to accept it. Minick left a module in Jun 2017 to lapse to a military. 

Before Michigan, Connolly spent dual seasons, 2014-16, as executive of chosen opening for a NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, including one deteriorate underneath Harbaugh.

He has consultant knowledge underneath his belt too, with stints operative for a NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns, a NBA’s New York Knicks, a English Premier League and Australian veteran rugby teams.

Harbaugh wrote a brazen for “Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science,” a book Connolly expelled in 2017 that pitches a thought evidence-based research and athlete-focused training are a trail to success in sport, not indispensably large budgets or a complicated importance on modernized statistics. 

Michigan football contributor Aaron McMann contributed to this report. 

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