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Outrageous Details Emerge of Michigan Performance Director's DUI Rampage

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Fergus Connolly is the director of performance for Michigan Wolverines football. But news is spreading of his DUI arrest on March 5th, and his performance during the incident was... not the mark of a champion.

Connolly who was taken into custody by Ann Arbor police after he totaled his SUV, which appears to have been university-issued. In addition to ruining a parked car, Connolly reportedly resisted arrest and was visibly intoxicated after leaving the vehicle. On top of all that, he was found barefoot and bloodied after the hit-and-run.

According to the official police report, Connolly told one officer that he would "put him in a wheelchair," and proceeded to scream profanities at lab technicians and other law enforcement personnel. According to one witness, he had to be restrained to a chair after wildly swinging at an officer and striking him in the arm.

After being taken to the hospital due to his injuries and getting handcuffed to his bed, Connolly allegedly grabbed one officer by the throat. Shortly after, he bit a UM emergency technician on the arm. (He did not break skin, according to the victim's account.)

The strangest part in all this, however? The university has not made the decision to fire Connolly.

Connolly is the second major figure around the Wolverines' football program to be arrested for DUI during Jim Harbaugh's tenure as head coach; associate AD Jim Minick was rung up back in 2015. Michigan football's lack of action after these details surfaced is not a good look for the program, which needs to prove that it has zero tolerance for such dangerous behavior.

But take a step back for a moment-- is this story the craziest thing you've read today, or the craziest thing you've read this month?


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