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Michigan scandal sparks player injury concerns, athletic directors tell to Big Ten must ‘step up’: report

Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti hosted a conference call with athletic directors from across the conference on Thursday to discuss Michigan football’s alleged sign-stealing operation, according to a report from ESPN.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel reportedly did not participate in the video. Sources told ESPN that the various athletic department leaders voiced their support for the conference taking action in regard to the sign-stealing scandal.

Earlier this week, Petitti is believed to have held a meeting with coaches. Petitti is also believed to have informed Thursday’s meeting attendees that he would wait on the discovery of more facts before any decision is made.

The Wolverines are currently 9-0 and are the third-ranked team in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Michigan was on a bye week this past weekend, but they return to action this Saturday for a matchup with Purdue.

According to a Yahoo Sports report, Michigan is being accused of sending people to games of teams they are scheduled to play to gather information on signs used to call plays on offense and defense. Michigan football staffer Connor Stalions, who is believed to be at the center of the investigation, was suspended with pay late last month.

Chantz Martin is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.

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