Michigan football staffer arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

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General view of Michigan Stadium. (Getty Images)
General view of Michigan Stadium. (Getty Images)

A member of the Michigan football staff ran into some trouble on Monday.

According to MLive.com, Fergus Connolly, the Wolverines’ director of performance, was arrested at around 11:50 a.m. Monday in Ann Arbor on suspicion of drunken driving. The 40-year-old Connolly, the report said, has not been formally charged.

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Ann Arbor police told MLive.com that charges cannot be filed until lab results are returned. It could take “several weeks.”

The Michigan athletic department said it is aware of the incident.

“We are still awaiting more detailed information before commenting further,” UM said in a statement.

Connolly landed at Michigan in 2016 and added another title — “director of football operations” — to his résumé ahead of the 2017 season. He works mainly in the field of sports science and is the author of “Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science.” Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh wrote the forward.

On his LinkedIn profile, Connolly says he is “the only applied sport scientist to have worked full-time across every major field sport (English Premier League, National Football League and International Rugby) implementing the most innovative protocols, technologies and methods in human performance.”

Before arriving in Ann Arbor, Connolly was the Director of Elite Performance for the San Francisco 49ers from 2014-16. He also served as a consultant for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Knicks and with English Premier League, Australian Rules and Professional Rugby teams.

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