Michigan’s Board of Regents met Thursday and the university’s athletic director, Dave Brandon, was the main topic of conversation.
While no regent spoke out against Brandon or discussed his status with the school, one comment was very telling.
Regent Mark Bernstein said Shane Morris’ injury was a “spark in a dry, dry forest. …There isn’t much water around.”
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) October 16, 2014
Bernstein is referencing the school’s acknowledgement that quarterback Shane Morris was incorrectly put back into a game against the Minnesota Gophers after suffering a concussion. The comedy of errors by the coaching and medical staffs brought the jobs of head coach Brady Hoke and Brandon into question.
Michigan president Mark Schlissel even stated his extreme disappointment in how everything was handled.
The incident already forced reform in how the school deals with head injuries, which is what Bernstein may have been referring to with his comment. There was also a “spark” within the student body. It’s an area Brandon is actively trying to address.
“I think there are a lot of people who have decided to not like me who have never met me or have probably never met me or have never been in the same room as me, so I need to fix that,” Brandon said in an interview with the Michigan student paper, via ESPN.com . “One of the things I want to do is to figure out ways I could connect more with the student body.”
The athletic director failed in his goal since the the students were given a forum at the meeting and asked for Brandon’s resignation.
The students and a portion of Michigan’s fan base may eventually get exactly what they want, but it’s going to take time before there is any legitimate change within the Wolverines’ athletic department.