Georgia’s HC Drops Brutal Revelation to Endorse Deion Sanders’ Opinion on Michigan “Sign Stealing” Scandal

Published 10/25/2023, 12:46 PM EDT

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In the realm of football championships, rules and protocols are established to govern the proceedings. However, there are often cases of these regulations being overlooked or disregarded skilfully. Similar to numerous other fields, the use of signs and codes is crucial for maintaining order and safeguarding strategies.

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The NCAA has implemented strict regulations against the practice of ‘sign stealing’ and has taken punitive actions against various individuals for transgressing the protocols designed to protect the confidential play calls of different teams. The most recent investigation into Michigan revolves around alleged violations of the same. Prompting numerous football entities to lend their perspectives, including the respective head coaches of Colorado and Georgia.

HCs downplay Michigan “Sign Stealing” Scandal

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The University of Michigan football program has become embroiled in a sign-stealing controversy, but Deion Sanders does not sweat it. According to the Colorado head coach, sign-stealing is essentially inconsequential if you fail to execute. “Everyone is trying to get whatever edge they can. You can have someone’s whole game plan. They can mail it to you. You’ve still got to stop it, you’ve still got to stop it…” explained the two-sport legend in a recent interview.

“In football, it’s not as pronounced as baseball,” said Prime who had previously been a Baseball player as well. He explains how, unlike Baseball, Football is a very physical game and even if one can catch a sign he would have to physically stop it, “It’s a physical game. You’ve got to stop it. That’s a little tough. I don’t buy into a lot of that stuff that someone is stealing this or stealing that.”

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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart was asked if he had any knowledge of Michigan attempting to pilfer their signals and he seemed to follow suit. “I did not notice anything or know anything,” said Smart. He then went on to explain that the people he had spoken to earlier were referencing something different from stealing, ”they’re talking about people coming to film us that is completely different.” He highlighted the team’s effort to hide the signals yet there was “nothing I remember about the Michigan game that makes me think that.” Yet the concern surrounding ‘sign stealing’ remains one of the most polarizing aspects of football. 

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Michigan under the NCAA radar 

Sign stealing continues to be a divisive issue in football, with its legality contingent on whether stolen signs are transmitted electronically or obtained through improper means, such as video equipment. Reading signs from the sidelines is generally permissible, leading teams to employ tactics like covering signs with a hand or towel when relaying them.

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The allegations against Michigan center around potential efforts to send unidentified individuals to observe the practice and games of their opponents, both scheduled and potential College Football Playoff contenders, to decipher the signs used for offensive and defensive play calls. This has raised questions, despite teams having access to extensive video footage for scouting purposes. While Michigan is currently in the spotlight, similar allegations have been made against various other teams and their head coaches in the past.

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