FBI joins probe into fired Michigan asst
Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Senior Citizen WriterOct 26, 2023, 05:38 PM ET
- College football press reporter.
- Signed up with ESPN.com in 2008.
- Graduate of Northwestern University.The FBI has signed up with the University of Michigan police department’s examination of former Wolverines assistant football coach Matt Weiss, who was fired in January following a report of unauthorized computer system access crimes at the school’s football building.Deputy chief Melissa Overton verified the FBI’s participation to ESPN on Thursday, adding that the investigation is”extensive, continuous and is of the utmost concern, “and covers multiple states.Editor’s Picks 2 Related Weiss, who spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with Michigan and
most recently worked as co-offensive organizer and quarterbacks coach, has not been charged with any crime.In a letter to Weiss acquired by the Associated Press, Michigan executive partner athletic director Doug Gnodtke wrote that the school had evidence he had “inappropriately accessed “accounts at Schembechler Hall, which houses the school’s football offices.Michigan told Weiss it fired him after he did not go to a meeting to talk about whether he had actually gained access to the accounts. A Michigan worker on Jan. 5 reported”fraudulent activity
involving someone accessing university e-mails accounts without permission,”according to the university cops log.Weiss told ESPN’s Pete Thamel in January that he would work together with the investigation.A University of Michigan authorities department spokesperson told ESPN’s Dan Murphy that the Weiss investigation is unassociated to the NCAA’s probe of off-campus hunting and signal stealing involving the program and team member Connor Stalions, who was around the program in 2021 before officially joining the personnel in 2022.