A News Sports — 31 October 2014

Michigan AD Brandon ResignsUnder growing pressure from fans, University of Michigan Athletic Director, Dave Brandon has resigned.

“Dave feels that it would be in the best interest of our student-athletes, the athletic department and the university community if he moved on to other challenges and allowed the important work of the department and the university to continue without daily distractions,” said Mark Schlissel, the university’s president in a press conference.

A flurry of mishaps in recent months had Michigan fans calling for Brandon’s resignation. Notwithstanding Michigan;s abysmal 3-5 record in football, and a wet blanket 18-16 record for Michigan coach, Brady Hoke since beating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, a recent on-field “miscommunication” added to the storm.

During the Michigan Minnesota game, back-up quarterback, Shane Morris, was put back into the game after a crushing blow to the head that left him visually concussed. Brandon and Hoke gave very different messages about how Morris returned to the field, which ESPN suggests showed great dysfunction in the athletic department.

Jim Hackett – the president and CEO of Steelcase – will take over as interim AD. Hackett is a former Michigan athlete.

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