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Michigan has offensive coordinator position endowed

Doug Nussmeier, Devin Gardner AP

Earlier this year, it was announced that Brady Hoke will formally be referred to as the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach after the position was endowed by the Harris family with a $10 million gift.

Three months later, the same thing’s happening at offensive coordinator.

Moving forward, UM announced Thursday, Doug Nussmeier will be referred to as the Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator. Sanford Robertson, an alum of the school, donated $3 million to have his name attached to the coaching position.

“I am humbled and honored to be at a school where alumni like Sandy care so deeply about the commitment to being leaders and best and developing our student-athletes,” Nussmeier, entering his first year as the Wolverines’ coordinator, said in a statement. “This is what makes Michigan so special, and I am grateful to be a part of it.”

While Michigan is the latest to endow coaching positions, they’re far from the first — or the last.

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.

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16 Responses to “Michigan has offensive coordinator position endowed”
  1. tigers182 says: May 29, 2014 8:24 PM

    So for the price of being named after an assistant coach, all 85 players could split that and make over $35,000/year. Where is that money going I ask?

  2. wolfman55h says: May 29, 2014 8:31 PM

    They can endow till the cows come home. They still gonna suck.

  3. mydixienormus says: May 29, 2014 8:39 PM

    Pretty gay…

  4. bostonfrogs says: May 29, 2014 8:55 PM

    Stuff like this has to have Bo Schembechler rolling over in his “Poulon Weed Eater Grave, presented by AT&T” right about now.

  5. dmcgrann says: May 29, 2014 9:31 PM

    I don’t find this weird at all. My alma mater endowed the athletic scholarships in all sports separately 30 years ago. It does seem sort of odd to give naming rights like you would for a campus building, though.

  6. auburntigers34 says: May 29, 2014 9:35 PM

    Can’t wait to see what the endowments for water boys and trainers brings.

  7. sportsguy3434 says: May 29, 2014 10:21 PM

    The title is changed. This isn’t a scholarship endowment. Those are good ideas.

    How far will $10M go with his salary? Maybe it will pay for the buyout. Or a set of headsets that Hoke will actually wear.

  8. pawloosa says: May 30, 2014 6:56 AM

    I don’t know boys…. When the amount of money that UM generates from season ticket sales, Big 10 conference sharing, Big 10 network, and booster donations appear to NOT be enough and your looking for more money by selling naming rights to a coaches position …. IMO that might be a sign of other problems in your athletic department!!

  9. bigbuckeye76 says: May 30, 2014 7:41 AM

    Well said. Who would want to pay for this?

  10. motobus says: May 30, 2014 8:12 AM

    So they’re selling naming rights to coaching positions, but paying players will ruin the integrity of college athletics?

  11. chinahand11 says: May 30, 2014 11:42 AM

    Hmm. Perhaps I can get someone to endow my 15 year-old Lexus. Still runs good.

  12. pawloosa says: May 30, 2014 2:05 PM

    Not so surprised about selling coaching positions as I am that it’s Michigan doing it… IMO its more of a mid major conference idea to improve their program than a Big 5 thing considering the MM lack the massive revenue streams someone like Michigan would have. So IMO it’s really funny that a “traditional” team is doing something like this…
    Next stop… selling yard markers on the field…
    ” The wolverines just crossed the “Moe’s Tex-mex home wrecker burrito 50 yard line”

  13. pawloosa says: May 30, 2014 2:11 PM

    Check that…
    Michigan can imitate Ricky Bobby and put endorsements all over their uniforms… Smack a big ole “wonderbread” logo across their helmets!!! LOL!!! Good times ahead!!

  14. tigersfandan says: May 30, 2014 8:04 PM

    pawloosa says:
    May 30, 2014 6:56 AM
    I don’t know boys…. When the amount of money that UM generates from season ticket sales, Big 10 conference sharing, Big 10 network, and booster donations appear to NOT be enough and your looking for more money by selling naming rights to a coaches position …. IMO that might be a sign of other problems in your athletic department!!
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    The problem with that reasoning is that you are assuming UM wouldn’t be looking for new ways to raise money unless they were in financial trouble. It could be that Dave Brandon is just looking for even more of a financial edge against other BIG teams.

  15. pawloosa says: May 30, 2014 8:46 PM

    Financial edge??? LOL…. You know, $134 mill/yr just don’t goes as far as it used to for funding a universities programs…

  16. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 11:43 PM

    Idiots

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