U of M Searches for new A.D.
Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett does not want the job permanently and the school has hired a search firm to find a replacement. That’s the word from an Associated Press source. Hackett was hired a little over a year ago to replace Dave Brandon. The school announced today it has formed an advisory committee and hired a search firm to begin looking for candidates. Hackett will serve as athletic director until his successor is in place. He retired in February 2014, from Steelcase, a Michigan-based business that makes office furniture and will be remembered as the AD who brought Jim Harbaugh back to Michigan. Possible candidates, all of whom are athletic directors with ties to Michigan, include Arkansas' Jeff Long, Connecticut's Warde Manuel, Boston College's Brad Bates and Colorado State's Joe Parker.