BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - MARCH 16: Urban Meyer looks on during the first round game of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Maryland Terrapins at Legacy Arena at the BJCC on March 16, 2023 in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Urban Meyer Defends Jim Harbaugh Amid Sign-Stealing Allegations

The Michigan Wolverines remain under investigation regarding an alleged sign-stealing/scouting operation. Coaches past and present have chimed in with their thoughts on the situation, including, most recently, former Utah Utes, Florida Gators, and Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer.

When Meyer left Ohio State after the 2018 season, he had a 7-0 record against Michigan. Regarding the allegations toward the program today, Meyer was skeptical of reports centered around Connor Stalions, the alleged perpetrator of conducting the sign-stealing, because of his general skepticism of reporters at large.

"This is really the first time, because it's you and a guy I respect — so I'm very cautious," Meyer said this week on his podcast, Urban's Take with Tim May. "I've been asked over 100 times to comment on it and I just won't. But I am going to, I'll tell you my thoughts: First of all I'm very skeptical of reporters' reporting. My experience is they're wrong most of the time. And that's not a shot at the media, that's reality. People say things that they're reporting that's just not true. So I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt saying, first of all it's hard for me to believe that is true."

That said, Meyer disagreed that this is a common thing programs do, calling what Michigan is doing, if true, "egregious."

Stalions has been accused as the so-called "ring leader" of the operation that covers about 30 or so games. Nothing has been linked back to Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh.

"I also heard people say that 'Well, everyone does that.' And Tim, no one does that," Meyer continued. "I've never heard of that in 40 years of being around the game. There's a very clear and that rule, some will say it's not that important. Once again, everybody is entitled to their opinion. If they know your signals, it is that important. You're changing the game. That's very egregious if that's what happened. I'm not saying it did, because I'm still skeptical it did."

The Wolverines season rages on, though.
They'll take on Purdue this week at home before ending the year against Penn State, Maryland, and Ohio State.

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