Michigan football’s director of performance science Fergus Connolly was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving at about 11:50 a.m., on Monday, according to MLive.com’s Darcie Moran.
Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige confirmed in an email that Connolly was arrested in Ann Arbor. Connolly hasn’t formally been charged yet, as lab results — which will take several weeks — have to be submitted.
Michigan’s athletic department made a statement on the matter:
“We are aware of an incident involving Fergus Connolly. We are still awaiting more detailed information before commenting further.”
Connolly isn’t the only staffer under Jim Harbaugh to have been arrested under suspicion of drunken driving. In May 2015, Jim Minick — who was Michigan’s associate athletic director for football — was arrested under the same charges.
Connolly has spent two seasons with the Wolverines. Prior to his time at Michigan, he spent two seasons as director of elite performance for the San Francisco 49ers — working for one of those seasons under Harbaugh.
Harbaugh and Connolly also have a connection from a book that Connolly wrote, Game Changer: The Art of Sports Science. Harbaugh wrote the forward for the book, which is based on the idea that evidence-based analysis and athlete-focused training is the key to success in sports, not advanced statistics or a bigger budget.