University football staff member arrested and fired for erratic behavior

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:05pm

Fergus Connelly, performance and operations director of the University of Michigan football team, was arrested on the morning of March 5 after Ann Arbor Police Department officers found him barefoot and bloody near the scene of a car crash, Click On Detroit reported Wednesday. Click On Detroit reported Thursday Connelly was fired by the University.

AAPD was alerted to the situation after receiving multiple calls reporting a man in a dealer-issued Chevy Tahoe hitting several parked cars, and are now trying to determine if the car was owned by the University.

Shortly thereafter, AAPD received another call reporting a man “acting erratically” down the street. Officers found Connelly standing in a snowbank without shoes and with blood on his feet. AAPD said Connelly was generally uncooperative and threatened an officer.

Though officers obtained a warrant for his blood sample, AAPD still does not know what caused Connelly’s behavior, which continued until after he was taken to a hospital.

According to Click On Detroit, Connelly makes $250,000 per year, and was handpicked to the team by head coach Jim Harbaugh after the two worked together for the San Francisco 49ers.