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The University of Michigan Board of Regents is meeting today. One of the key topics of discussion is Dave Brandon.


October 16th, 2014, 10:39 am
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Wow: http://mgoblog.com/content/david-brando ... d-new-team

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I am puzzled as to why Brandon hasn't been fired yet. This way, we could have the new AD in place before the end of the season so we eon't be held up on a coach until an AD is picked.


October 28th, 2014, 7:25 pm
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Dave Brandon resigning as UM AD
Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News 11:19 a.m. EDT October 31, 2014

Ann Arbor — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who has been under intense fire and scrutiny particularly these past five weeks, is expected to resign Friday.

The announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. Friday during an on-campus news conference with Michigan president Mark Schlissel, a source confirmed to The Detroit News.

Brandon, whose contract had been extended through June 2018, is not expected to attend the news conference. According to his contract, if he is fired without cause, the school must pay the remainder of his base salary, which is about $3 million.

James Hackett, who played for legendary Wolverines coach Bo Schembechler in the 1970s and spent 19 years as CEO of Steelcase, a Grand Rapids-based maker of office furniture, is expected to be named interim athletic director, according to a source familiar with discussions.

Brandon became athletic director at his alma mater on March 8, 2010, taking over while the football program was being investigated for rules violations by the NCAA, and since then has upgraded facilities for all Michigan’s teams, brought major sporting events to Michigan Stadium, and fired a football coach and hired another.

But it has been a downward spiral for Brandon since the mishandling of a serious player safety issue in Michigan’s football game against Minnesota on Sept. 27 and the subsequent public relations gaffes. Quarterback Shane Morris, later diagnosed with a “probable mild concussion” remained in the game one play after taking a hard hit in the fourth quarter and then, because of what later was described as sideline confusion, returned for one play.

Brandon has, since then, been the focus of an on-campus student rally demanding he be fired. The rally moved to the lawn of the president, who had said in recent weeks during his only public comments that he would be deliberative in evaluating the athletic department and its leader. Schlissel is working with a group of eight Regents heavily weighted against Brandon. An online petition also was created by a U-M graduate student to gather signatures of those who supported firing Brandon.

The students had been especially angered by Brandon after changing the student football section to general admission during the 2013 season and then had their season tickets raised to the highest in the Big Ten this fall. This was an issue he tried to remedy with an announcement last week indicating after working with the Student Central Government, the season ticket prices would be lowered next season.

Despite that announcement, students still planned to distribute 2,000 “FireDaveBrandon” T-shirts for Saturday’s homecoming football game against Indiana.

Pressure on Brandon became more intense this week.

On Monday, Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner and Michigan’s biggest donor, told the Wall Street Journal he would not stand in the way of any decision Schlissel made with regard to Brandon. Only a few weeks earlier, Ross had publicly issued his support of the embattled athletic director.

And then on Tuesday, MGoBlog, a popular Michigan sports-related blog, published email exchanges between Brandon and Michigan fans. Although the website could not say with 100 percent certainty the emails were written by Brandon, there was a common dismissive tone in the responses. Fan reaction on Internet message boards beyond MGoBlog and on local sports talk radio was fierce and, mostly, punishing.

It was the handling of the Morris situation that put Brandon under the microscope, though, and began the downward spiral.

He and the football program became the subject of intense national and local scrutiny after the game with Minnesota at Michigan Stadium and how the situation with Morris was handled.

The story appeared on various national network shows such as ABC “World News Tonight,” “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show. During football coach Brady Hoke’s weekly news conference, he said that as far as he knew, Morris had not suffered a concussion.

Meanwhile, Brandon was working to piece together the chain of events during the football game to understand where the breakdown occurred. He authored a lengthy statement after determining the events of that game night and the aftermath, pointing out there was a communication breakdown with medical and training staffs.

But the statement was publicly released just before 1 a.m. the following Tuesday. The timing was widely criticized.

Two days later on Oct. 2, Brandon conducted a series of one-on-one interview with a number of media outlets. He was apologetic, absolved the coaching staff and said Michigan was changing its sideline procedures as far as enhancing injury detection. That day, The News obtained a letter supporting Brandon that had been signed by all of the Michigan head coaches.

But during a regularly scheduled Regents meeting a week later, Schlissel, in his opening remarks, said he was “deeply disappointed” in the athletic department’s initial response handling the Morris situation.

“We must be accountable for the facts, with a response that is timely and takes responsibility for errors,” Schlissel said. “Without this, we break trust with our stakeholders. There are a number of additional issues facing our athletics department that will require a longer term approach as we work to establish the right balance between competitiveness, financial stability and the athletic traditions we hold dear.”

Schlissel, inaugurated as Michigan’s new president in September, has worked with a Board of Regents that has been divided 6-2 based on political lines regarding Brandon. He said the university was conducting an internal investigation of what happened during and after the football game on Sept. 27.

“Without a doubt, athletics is a huge part of our identity, tradition, our students care about it, our alums care about it, fans across the world care about it,” Regent Mark Bernstein, who issued a “no comment” when asked if he supports Brandon, said after the meeting earlier this month. “The thing that is most disappointing, and I’m speaking for myself, is that there is this sense among many of our students, as expressed by our student body president and fans and alums, that there is a feeling athletics has been stolen from them in some way. It’s our job to help get it back, and that’s an important job of this board.

“The Shane Morris incident, the performance of the football team (currently 3-5), is like a spark in a very, very dry forest. There’s not a lot of water around. The actions of the athletic department, I think it would be, I believe, generally agreed, have drained whatever reservoir of good will there is in Michigan football, particularly, so it makes navigating this issue far more difficult.”

Regent Andrea Fischer Newman has been a staunch Brandon supporter. And while her support has not wavered, she agreed with the assessment that communication must improve.

“I think the university was slow in responding to everything that’s happened the last month,” she said after the meeting. “We agree there was a response problem. We need to respond when there’s an issue to respond to. We did a poor job of that.”

Dave Brandon’s timeline

Jan. 5, 2010 – Dave Brandon, former CEO of Domino’s and a Michigan alum and former football player, named Michigan’s new athletic director.

March 8, 2010 – Brandon’s tenure as AD begins.

May 25, 2010 – Michigan admits major NCAA violations by the football program under coach Rich Rodriguez.

Sept. 9, 2010 – The Regents approve $1.8 million for permanent lighting at Michigan Stadium.

Jan. 5, 2011 – Rich Rodriguez is fired as Michigan’s football coach after three seasons. Brandon said at a news conference he is “confident” Rodriguez “will be a successful coach at another program.”

Jan. 11, 2011 – After conducting a coaching search, Brandon hires Brady Hoke as football coach.

Sept. 10, 2011 – Michigan Stadium hosts its first night game (against Notre Dame).

July 23, 2012 – Brandon’s contract is extended through June 30, 2018.

Sept. 4, 2013 – Michigan alum Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the university with $100 million earmarked for athletics.

Sept. 7, 2013 – Michigan plays Notre Dame in the second night game at Michigan Stadium and sets an NCAA record with 115,109 in attendance. But Michigan also played the “Chicken Dance” in the stadium after the game in reference to Hoke saying the Irish were chickening out of the series.

Sept. 14 – A skywriting plane hired by Michigan flies over Spartan Stadium and leaves a “Go Blue” message in the sky.

Jan. 1, 2014 – Michigan Stadium hosts the NHL Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

Jan. 10, 2014 – Doug Nussmeier is hired as offensive coordinator and Brandon is the only individual who speaks to the media outside of the news conference.

Aug. 2, 2014 – The stadium hosts Real Madrid and Manchester United and set an attendance record for watching soccer in the U.S.

July 17, 2014 – Michigan’s Regents rejected a request from Brandon for fireworks at the Miami (Ohio) game on Sept. 13 and the Penn State night game on Oct. 11.

Sept. 18, 2014 – The Regents approve the construction of South Campus athletics facilities.

Sept. 22, 2014 – A Twitter photo taken by a Michigan Daily photographer showed a promotion offering two $75 tickets to the Minnesota game with the purchase of two bottles of Coke.

Sept. 27, 2014 – Michigan opens the Big Ten season against Minnesota and starting quarterback Shane Morris takes a hard hit late in the fourth quarter. He was later diagnosed with a “probable mild concussion” and the program was widely criticized for allowing him to play two additional plays after the hit.

Sept. 30, 2014 – Brandon issues a statement regarding the Morris incident at 12:52 a.m.

Oct. 2, 2014 – Brandon conducts a series of one-on-one interviews regarding the incident and says a breakdown in communication with the medical and training staffs was the issue and absolves the coaching staff. He says he will not resign.

Oct. 8, 2014 – President Mark Schlissel visits with the football team after practice. He was not accompanied by Brandon.

Oct. 16, 2014 – The Regents have regularly scheduled meeting at U-M-Flint. Schlissel opens statements saying he was disappointed with the way the Morris incident was handled.

Oct. 23, 2014 – Michigan announces plans to lower student season-ticket prices for next season.

Oct. 27, 2014 – Ross, the largest donor to athletics, tells the Wall Street Journal he will not stand in the way of Schlissel as he formulates his decision about Brandon. Just a few weeks earlier, Ross had publicly supported Brandon.

Oct. 28, 2014 – Popular Michigan sports blog MGoBlog publishes damaging email exchanges between Brandon and fans. Although the website could not say for sure Brandon authored the emails, they shared similar themes and tone.

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October 31st, 2014, 12:31 pm
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Go blue!

The turnaround begins now...


October 31st, 2014, 1:31 pm
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Blueskies wrote:
Go blue!

The turnaround begins now...


I am relieved that we might be able to get the permanent AD in place before bowl season is over. That way, we can focus on the next HC search and get it resolved quickly.


October 31st, 2014, 4:39 pm
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can they fire hoke and name hoke the interim head coach?


October 31st, 2014, 10:28 pm
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will UM qualify for a bowl? they still arent anything resembling a good team but ill give them credit for not giving up despite all the nonsense sideshows going on around this program. really hope that they do, it ll be a strong statement from the players in the program and even if not a good bowl game a nice treat to the players for fighting through a lot and not getting too distracted.


November 9th, 2014, 2:54 pm
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It would just complicate the coaching hire process.


November 9th, 2014, 9:24 pm
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Jim Hacket to be named the full time AD. But, I haven't seen or heard any real info about him. What do you know about him Blueskys?

Also, the source that broke this news also said that this decision was not100% done yet.


November 26th, 2014, 1:54 pm
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He's the current interim. Has no AD experience. But who knows?

Ultimately, as AD, your job is to find the right talent and delegate; get out of the way. I think Brandon's problem was that he was ego maniac.


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i think hackett was secretly hoping that Hoke would get this crew into a bowl game, that way he could pursue a big time coach like miles or the harbaughs behind the scenes and secure that person before having to fire hoke. as soon as hoke is fired it will turn the whole thing into a media wild goose chase of rumors, gossip, lies and misinformation again. if they swing and miss at the top 3 they may even end up with someone with no better or worse credentials than hoke


November 27th, 2014, 1:02 pm
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Hope to god that's the last time I'll have to watch that idiot clap.


November 29th, 2014, 10:15 pm
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If we can't get either Harbaugh or Miles, I would not mind bringing Mohler back. It was players that he recruited that eventually won the national title.


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BillySims wrote:
If we can't get either Harbaugh or Miles, I would not mind bringing Mohler back. It was players that he recruited that eventually won the national title.



lol he s 73 years old and hasnt coached anything in over 10 years


November 29th, 2014, 11:36 pm
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