It’s that time of year. College football bowl games. And this year that means it’s time for Body Language Analysis, too.
This year I was lucky enough to get to go to the Rose Bowl which featured 2 powerhouse teams, Michigan and Georgia.
There was a big scandal with the Michigan program. Did they send personnel to other team’s games to steal play signs? Sign stealing in sports is as old as time. But in college football it’s illegal to send a scout to other games to read them and report back. A scout for sure went. And he’s now resigned. But did coach Jim Harbaugh know about it?
Here’s his comment on the situation. Do you see any signs of deception here?
Here’s what I notice.
He won’t answer the question about if he knew anything about getting his coaches videos (I’m assuming these are videos of other team’s play calling signs) He dodges the question calling it speculation. Then he gets stuck on that word. He’s not able to think quickly enough for a fabricated explanation so that’s how he gets stuck.
Then it gets interesting. He’s asked if he believed anything was illegally obtained. He open his mouth in disbelief or shock that someone would ask that question and gestures with palm up, again in disbelief. It’s likely that the press conference was prefaced with rules to not ask that question and that’s how we get this reaction. But if he didn’t authorize it, then why not just say no?
In the end after denying it and starting the appeal process, He reversed course and accepted the 3 game suspension, deciding to discontinue his legal process to be reinstated. Giving up like that is generally a sign of guilt. So pants on fire all the way on this one.
And I have one more for ya to analyze from the world of college football, specifically my University of Colorado Buffs. I live just down the street and am a big fan. It’s been painful the last several years. But this year we got Deion Sanders as the head coach. After all the hoopla from a great start there was a shocking plummet…all the way to last place in the Big 12.
Deion was asked if he was going to stay at CU, knowing that he could easily leave and take the Texas A&M job for what looked like a lot more money. Here’s his response:
Here’s what I notice:
His answer wasn’t I’m staying. Or I’m committed here for 5 years. Instead he preferred to talk about where his mom lives and where he gets mail. He used a lot of words to answer in what could have been 1 or 2. This violates the rule that liars do and say the minimum they need to in order to get their message across.
Maybe he’s trying to focus on a soundbite that goes viral—and this one did. But I’m thinking he’s not gonna be here for long.