Michigan AD Dave Brandon expected to resign

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon is expected to resign from his post as Athletic Director this afternoon.

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel has called for a 1:30 p.m. press conference this afternoon. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported that Brandon was expected to resign.

Brandon has been under scrutiny after the poor handling of Shane Morris’ injury situation and a general disconnect with Michigan fans. MGoBlog published a collection of controversial email exchanges between Brandon and Michigan fans.

Michigan head coach John Beilein had previously endorsed Brandon, but the public opinion has continued to sway against Brandon in recent weeks including a student rally and public disapproval from Michigan regents. An interim Athletic Director is expected to be named.

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  • Tony DeMaria

    It’s funny, I almost forget that Brandon is the AD for the entire athletic department not just football. Under Brandon, Michigan basketball has never been better. Now how much of that has anything to do with Brandon, I don’t know but he did oversee upgrades in facilities that have made Michigan a premier Big Ten destination.

    Overall, the health of the football team is of vital importance for UM as a whole, so the move had to be made.

    • Champswest

      In my opinion, the team records (see football), are unfairly attributed to the AD. Many are down on Brandon because of the football team’s struggles, but overlook how the women’s BB, softball, gymnastics, men’s BB and other sports have done very well under his reign.
      He can be fairly critized for what he has and hasn’t done as AD.

      • MAZS

        Our overall sports record under Brandon really isn’t that good. Women’s softball (and gymnastics) was already dominant well before Brandon. Women’s basketball, while improving of late, was never close to NCAA tourney level. The upgrades in the basketball facilities were largely structured under Martin, who also hired Beilein. Brandon raised alot of money. That’s it.

    • A2JD

      Bill Martin hired Beilein & okayed the facility upgrades so I don’t think DB deserves much credit regarding the basketball team.

  • Chezaroo

    Very impressed with Schlissel and the timing. Don’t want to pile on, but Brandon had to go first for us to have any shot at getting a REAL coach. Brandon is a megalomaniac whose perceived self importance has created an air of toxicity for the M community. The next AD ( once identified ) will now have a real chance to make the most important hire he/she will ever make.

  • Cory

    Whoever the new AD is, in their first meeting with Beilein they should just say, “Looks good. Carry on.” and I’d be happy!

  • A2JD

    Schlissel was great in that press conference yesterday. Forthright and intelligent.