Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon
Unviersity president Mark Schlissel announced at a press conference that the
embattled Brandon offered his resignation Friday morning and that he had
Jim Hackett, a former Michigan football player and ex-CEO of furniture maker
Steelcase, was named interim athletic director. His appointment is pending
approval in November by the university’s Board of Regents.
“Jim is a highly experienced and respected business leader, a man of integrity
and a devoted member of our Michigan community,” Schlissel said in making the
announcement. “I am confident Jim will immediately begin the process of moving
the department forward, including working closely with me to develop a plan to
identify and recruit Michigan’s next permanent athletic director.”
Brandon had been under intense fire and scrutiny in recent weeks over the
football program’s mishandling of quarterback Shane Morris’ head injury and
issues with students’ ticket prices.
After taking a hard hit, Morris was allowed to keep playing in and then re-
enter Michigan’s game against Minnesota on Sept. 27. He was later diagnosed
with a mild concussion.
Students were upset when Brandon changed the student football section to
general admission during the 2013 season and then had their season tickets
raised to the highest prices in the Big Ten this fall.
Brandon became athletic director at his alma mater in 2010.