Michigan has fired co-offensive coordinator Matt Weiss amid a criminal investigation.
Three days after it was reported that Weiss had been placed on leave by the university due to an investigation by the University of Michigan police department into a “report of computer access crimes,” Weiss was let go by Michigan on Friday.
Michigan has fired co-offensive coordinator Matt Weiss. pic.twitter.com/ldFYccClkS— Austin Meek (@byAustinMeek) January 20, 2023
According to the initial report by ESPN’s Pete Thamel and Dan Murphy on Tuesday, university police are investigating a report of computer access crimes that occurred between Dec. 21-23 at Schembechler Hall, the football team’s facility.
According to public records, “an employee reported fraudulent activity involving someone accessing university emails accounts without authorization” on Jan. 5 at Schembechler Hall.
Per ESPN’s report, a search of Weiss’ home was conducted by law enforcement on Jan. 10.
No criminal charges have been filed against Weiss as the police investigation remains ongoing.
Per Thamel, Weiss’ firing is expected to be for cause.
In a statement released shortly after his dismissal Friday, Weiss said he has “nothing but respect” for Michigan and “I look forward to putting this matter behind me and returning my focus to the game that I love.”
The investigation into Weiss comes as the NCAA is conducting its own investigation into the Michigan football program for alleged violations that include meeting with recruits during the COVID-19 dead period, using too many coaches at practice sessions and watching players work out over a video feed. It’s unclear whether the potential crimes police are investigating are connected to the NCAA probe.
Weiss joined Michigan’s coaching staff in 2021 as quarterbacks coach, then was promoted to co-offensive coordinator last season following Josh Gattis’ departure to Miami. With Weiss’ firing, Michigan now has an opening for a quarterbacks coach and will have to decide whether to hire another offensive coordinator or make current co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Sherrone Moore the sole offensive coordinator.