Jim McElwain addressed the viral photo that has brought his Central Michigan program into the ongoing Michigan sign-stealing scandal.

On Tuesday, social media posts showed a man resembling Connor Stalions on the Central Michigan sideline for the team’s game against Michigan State. Stalions is said to have organized an in-person scouting operation focused on filming Michigan opponents to steal their signs.

McElwain’s Chippewas were in action Tuesday night against Northern Illinois. McElwain, a former Michigan assistant coach, spoke on the photo in his postgame press conference.

Stalions was not on the pass list for CMU’s game against Michigan State on Sept. 1, McElwain shared. McElwain said that he doesn’t believe there’s a place for sign-stealing, and that Central Michigan is continuing to trace the use of the pass.

“We obviously are aware of a picture floating around with the sign-stealer guy,” McElwain told reporters. “Our people are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of it. We’re totally unaware of it. I certainly don’t condone it in any way, shape or form.

“I do know his name was on none of the passes that were let out. Now, we keep tracing it back and tracing it back and try to figure it out. It’s in good hands with our people. Again, there’s no place in football for that.”

If the man identified on the CMU sideline is Stalions, it would be the first known instance of him scouting Michigan opponents in person.