ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The University of Michigan football team is down another coach on the sidelines for its final two regular games. The Wolverines fired linebackers coach Chris Partridge on Friday.
Athletic director Warde Manuel cited employee privacy laws and did not say why Partridge had been fired.
Partridge’s firing marks the latest turmoil for the U of M team. It is under NCAA investigation for a sign-stealing scheme and will not have head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline until after next week’s showdown against rival Ohio State.
On Thursday, the school reached an agreement with the Big Ten Conference under which Harbaugh will serve the final two games of his three-game suspension in return for the conference ending its investigation into the sign-stealing allegations.
Former staffer Connor Stalions resigned two weeks ago. He is accused of purchasing tickets to scout future Michigan opponents and sending people to those games to digitally record teams signaling in their plays. In-person scouting is banned by the NCAA. It is trying to determine how organized the scheme was and who knew about it.