Jalen Milroe Brushes Off Question About Michigan Cheating

Milroe expertly dodged a question about Michigan's sign-stealing scandal.
Jan 1, 2024; Pasadena, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe (4) runs against
Jan 1, 2024; Pasadena, CA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Milroe (4) runs against / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Milroe doesn't want to discuss Michigan's sign-stealing scandal from the 2023 season. Alabama's quarterback was asked if he believed the Wolverines cheated and demurred, brushing the questions off and crediting them for winning the national championship. It was a textbook lesson in how to avoid making waves during an interview.

On Tuesday, Milroe was a guest on Barstool Sports' Bussin' With the Boys and was asked if he thought Michigan cheated. His replied, "Doesn't matter, they won."

That is an incredibly savvy, well-handled response from Milroe. It's impressive.

Milroe led Alabama against Michigan in the semifinal of the College Football Playoffs. The sophomore famously came up just two yards short of tying the game in overtime, as Michigan stopped his quarterback sneak shy of the goal line. That gave the Wolverines a 27-20 win and a berth in the title game, where they trounced Washington 34-13.

Overall, Milroe performed well in his first year as the Crimson Tide's starter in 2023. He completed 65.8% of his passes for 2,834 yards, with 23 touchdowns, six interceptions, a passer rating of 172.2 and 531 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. His QBR of 80.5 ranked 13th nationally, and he earned second team All-SEC honors.

Milroe is returning under a new head coach in 2024, as Kalen DeBoer has taken over for Nick Saban. It will be fascinating how things change with a new staff and a new offense. Milroe has the inside track to start, but it's already clear he can handle the media responsibilities of a starting quarterback at Alabama.

Ryan Phillips


Ryan Phillips is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Ryan has worked in digital media since 2009, spending eight years at The Big Lead before joining the SI team in 2024. He also co-hosts The Assembly Call Podcast about Indiana Hoosiers basketball and previously worked at Bleacher Report. Ryan is a proud San Diego native and a graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school.