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Endowment in the offing for Michigan head coaching job

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Stanford does it.  So does Northwestern and Vanderbilt among others.  In short order, Michigan could be headed down the same endowment path.

Pending approval from the university’s regents, Brady Hoke will officially be referred to as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach.  The Board of Regents is expected to approve the move at a meeting Thursday.

The Harris family, through their foundation, donated $10 million recently for the “naming and endowment of the head football coach position.”  The family’s foundation is a longstanding donor to the program specifically and the university in general, with the Detroit Free Press writing that they “previously had named the football locker room and ‘created scholarships, endowed professorships and provided support’ to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, the Ross School of Business and the Ford School of Public Policy.”

“This endowed position will strengthen the program for years to come and ensure the future generation of student-athletes will continue to benefit from outstanding coaching and leadership,” a letter to the regents explained.

At Stanford, an endowment led to the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football, the official title of head coach David Shaw.  An anonymous donor also endowed the offensive coordinator position in honor of former Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck.

In a report from August of 2012, the New York Times notes that Rutgers, Duke and Texas Tech are all seeking endowments for their respective head football coaching jobs.  Another?  UM’s in-state rival Michigan State.  For the low, low price of “just” $5 million, a donor can endow MSU’s head football or basketball coach.  Another $500,000 would endow an assistant coaching position.

In an email to the Detroit News, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis explained that endowments are quickly becoming an integral part of the sport.

“Endowments in higher education are becoming more critical, including within intercollegiate athletics,” Hollis said. “Specific to athletics, endowments in scholarships, coaching positions and operations allowed a department to sustain excellence for years to come.”

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9 Responses to “Endowment in the offing for Michigan head coaching job”
  1. michiganstillsucks says: Feb 18, 2014 8:28 AM

    ONCE AGAIN Michigan embarrasses itself. What an absolute joke of a school…

  2. philliesblow says: Feb 18, 2014 10:10 AM

    I’d love to make fun of this, but someday I might have to live with the Earvin “Magic” Johnson Head Basketball Coach or something similar.

    So if a football coach is worth 5 – 10 million, how much would it take to get naming rights to a whole university? Pick a school and a rich alum or supporter. 50 million for the T. Boone Pickens Oklahoma State Universtiy? 60 million for The Bill & Melinda Gates Harvard University?

  3. chunkala says: Feb 18, 2014 10:15 AM

    Michigan is absolutely embarrassing themselves with a Top 15 programs for MBAs, JDs, Undergrad business, etc. Check the school endowment, its basically printing money and in turn, Michigan graduates earn a more than healthy salary as well.

    In case you have lacking reading comprehension skills or just chose not to read the article – it says that Vandy, Duke, and Stanford all do this already, with Michigan State and others looking to follow as well. Michigan wants to be included with the Ivy and top private schools not with the Ohio States of public education. Sorry you either couldn’t get into Michigan, etc.

  4. thraiderskin says: Feb 18, 2014 12:49 PM

    Michigan is a great educational institution, but it is in Michigan, more importantly it is immediately next to Detroit. Even as great an institution as it is, this move is embarrassing. If Ohio State goes this route I will definetly say the same thing, mark it.

  5. dkhhuey says: Feb 18, 2014 2:08 PM

    It would have been more relevant if it was the Dominoes Extra Large Meat Stuffed Triple Cheese and Extra Meat Meat Lovers Pizza Head Football Coach….

  6. dumbpollack says: Feb 18, 2014 2:39 PM

    could care less what they call it, just keep Brady. Its funny and sad how that university has applauded his average skills.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 18, 2014 5:27 PM

    How much to get the naming and endowment of the assistant trainer position?

    I got like $100 I could throw down?

    Towel boy maybe?

  8. normtide says: Feb 18, 2014 6:17 PM

    If it helps the program, I’m all for it. It will free up ten million for upgrades in other areas. I do agree with other posters, and have said before, Hoke better prove he deserves the new title this year. Michigan has money, there is no reason they can’t hire a proven coach. That is the lone ingredient for a winning program, the right coach.

  9. indi0228 says: Feb 18, 2014 8:29 PM

    Shouldn’t they be more worried about actually disciplining players accused of sexual assault instead of ignoring it for four years, and also not steering most of their players into a lame general studies major that does them no good when they get out of school?

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