Nearly three weeks after former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon resigned his position, the school’s Board of Regents finally approved Jim Hackett as the university’s interim athletic director.
Once Hackett was officially approved, the meeting was “disrupted by a protest” and concluded early for “safety reasons.”
However, the protest wasn’t due to athletic standards. According to the The Detroit News, the meeting was halted by “protesters demanding greater minority enrollment at the University of Michigan.”
Brandon’s resignation was prompted by multiple factors, but they revolved primarily around the disappointment of the football program. The Wolverines are currently 5-5 with contests against the Maryland Terrapins and the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes remaining. It’s not difficult to envision Michigan finishing 6-6 this season to become bowl eligible.
Will it be enough for head coach Brady Hoke to retain his position?
The chance to be bowl eligible “doesn’t mean anything for me personally,” says Brady Hoke. “It means something for those kids.”
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 18, 2014
No timetable has been given by the University of Michigan as it pertains to naming a permanent athletic director. Hackett, a Michigan graduate, will remain in his current role until the new athletic director is hired.
Depending on the outcome of the search for a new athletic director, Hackett could be the guiding force behind the hire of Michigan’s next head football coach.