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Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Fergus Connolly spent two years on the Michigan football staff.

Fergus Connolly, a Michigan athletic department employee who spent two years on the Michigan football staff, is no longer employed by the university after the release of a police report that detailed his arrest on suspicion of drunk driving earlier this month.

Connolly was the director of science for the Michigan football team and added “operations director” to his title last year. He has not worked for the team since after the New Year’s Day bowl game and moved to an athletic department role. Connolly is no longer with the department or university, a school official said Friday.

Connolly was arrested March 5 at 11:05 a.m. after a hit-and-run incident, but charges have not been brought while the Ann Arbor police department awaits lab test results.

According to the police report, obtained by The Detroit News, Connolly was disoriented and smelled of intoxicants. He refused a breath test. He yelled profanities at police officers and had to be placed in restraint chair because of “his combative behavior.”

He was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital to have his injured bare feet examined and treated. Connolly grabbed an officer by the throat for a full second, he took an open-hand swing at another officer, and while fully restrained at the hospital he attempted to “turn over and bite” an emergency technician.

Before coming to Michigan, Connolly spent two seasons with the 49ers, including one as director of elite performance under current Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.