It might be a good thing that the Michigan football team doesn't have another home game until November 6, because the security staff at Michigan Stadium apparently has some details to work out.â†µ
A National Guardsman was able to make his way onto the field during the Michigan-Michigan State on October 9 packing two M-16 assault rifles. Security let the 42-year-old man into the stadium, presumably believing he was part of the honor guard that raises and lowers the flag in the south end zone. He did not have a ticket to the game.â†µ
The man's weapons were checked, however, and found to have no ammunition. He gained access to the field through the stadium tunnel.â†µ
A member of the honor guard noticed the man's presence on the field and notified campus police that he was not a part of their group. Police then questioned him and escorted him out of the stadium.â†µ
U-M police spokeswoman Diane Brown said the man admitted he used his uniform (and a military vehicle) to gain access to the game.â†µ
"He was compliant and repeated several times that he had no ill will and couldn't get tickets to the game, so he thought he could use his military uniform to get in," Brown said. "No one in the public was put in danger."â†µ
Regardless of whether or not the man posed a threat, University of Michigan police, the Washtenaw County prosecutor and the National Guard are all considering pressing charges.