Michigan coach Scruggs arrested on OWI charge

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New Michigan defensive line coach Greg Scruggs, hired to the staff earlier this month, was arrested early Saturday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

An Ann Arbor police spokesman confirmed Scruggs’ arrest at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday. Michigan announced its hiring of Scruggs on March 6, as part of a revamped defensive staff now being led by coordinator Wink Martindale.

Scruggs has been suspended indefinitely pending a review.

“Greg made an unfortunate mistake and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated,” said Michigan coach Sherrone Moore in a statement. “He made no excuses and has taken accountability for his actions. The football program and athletic department have suspended Greg indefinitely while we review details of the incident.”

An OWI charge in Michigan carries penalties of up to 93 days in jail, a $500 fine and six months’ suspended license.

Scruggs, 33, spent the 2023 season coaching Wisconsin’s defensive line after serving as assistant defensive line coach for the New York Jets in 2022. The Cincinnati native played defensive line at Louisville and then spent five years in the NFL, winning Super Bowls with both Seattle and New England.

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