ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon resigned, setting the stage for new leadership at the top of one of the nation’s most prominent athletic departments.
Brandon’s resignation comes amid a dismal football season and concerns over the school’s handling of everything from its concussions protocol to student seating at games. Football coach Brady Hoke’s future has been in doubt for months thanks to his team’s lack of progress, but Brandon also became a target of disgruntled fans and students.
University President Mark Schlissel, who officially took over in September, said at a mid-October regents’ meeting that he wanted to do an in-depth review of Michigan athletics. Displeasure with Brandon and Hoke was already mounting at that point, with the football team struggling and the department still being criticized for its handling of quarterback Shane Morris’ head injury in a Sept. 27 game against Minnesota.
UK extends Stoops’ contract
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has given coach Mark Stoops another contract extension through the 2019 season in an amended deal that will now pay him a total of $21.75 million.
The deal includes a prorated raise from $2.1 million to $3 million this season with annual increases of $250,000 over the next five years.
The Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) enter Saturday’s game at Missouri having won more games than the past two seasons combined.
and are a win from bowl eligibility.
Barnhart and said in a release that, “Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that.”
Stoops, in his second year at Kentucky, had received a one-year extension in May.