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McShay discusses his 'mistake' at UM signing day event

The Detroit News

Todd McShay says he made a mistake with Michigan’s “Signing of the Stars” event.

The ESPN draft expert was part of Michigan’s National Signing Day extravaganza at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 3, serving as a “draft analyst” as commitments were introduced on stage.

McShay has received some public blowback, given his role as an objective analyst for ESPN, and how the appearance at Michigan might compromise that. ESPN apparently wasn’t notified by McShay that he would be appearing at the event.

“I completely understand that I made a mistake and clearly should have discussed this appearance with ESPN in advance,” McShay told Sports Illusrated’s Richard Deitsch. “I will obviously learn from this situation, and in no way will this compromise the quality or objectivity of my work going forward.”

McShay wasn’t paid for his appearance, according to Deitsch’s report.

McShay was part of a star-studded lineup that also included former college football coach Lou Holtz, former Tigers manager Jim Leyland, former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, professional wrestler Ric Flair, New England Patriots quarterback and former Michigan star Tom Brady, and a host of others.

In addition to showcasing Michigan’s recruiting class, generally ranked among the top five in the country by scouting services, the event raised more than $110,000 for the ChadTough Foundation.