Timeline: Bill Martin at Michigan
A timeline of key moments during Bill Martin's time as athletic director at Michigan:
March 2000: Bill Martin named interim athletic director by Michigan President Lee Bollinger. Previous athletic director Tom Goss was forced to resign after dealing with the Ed Martin basketball scandal, budget deficits and declining donations.
August 2000: Martin named athletic director.
March 2001: Martin fires Michigan basketball coach Brian Ellerbe.
March 2001: Martin hires Tommy Amaker to coach Michigan basketball.
July 2001: Athletic department ends fiscal year with $2 million deficit, less than the expected $5 million. It is the third consecutive year of operating in the red.
September 2001: The Western Michigan at Michigan football game is delayed a week in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
March 2002: New details of the Ed Martin booster scandal come out. Federal court records show that Ed Martin's gifts to four basketball players total $616,000.
July 2002: The athletic department has a $5.5 million surplus. Martin to the Board of Regents on comparing Michigan's current facilities to Ohio State's: "They've rebuilt their entire athletic campus for the next 100 years, while we've ignored ours for the last 20 years." Martin also notes that Michigan ranks 10th among the 11 Big Ten schools in athletic department donations.
November 2002: Martin and Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman announce self-imposed sanctions in the wake of the Ed Martin scandal. The sanctions: Forfeiting every game involving ineligible players, taking down four championship banners in Crisler Arena, returning $450,000 in postseason proceeds to the NCAA and putting the basketball program on probation for two years.
April 2003: Martin hires Cheryl Burnett to coach women’s basketball, replacing Sue Guevara, who resigned after seven seasons.
April 2004: Martin hires Bob Bowman, swim coach to Michael Phelps, to lead Michigan’s men’s swim program. Bowman replaces Jon Urbanchek, who coached Michigan for 22 years.
August 2004: Total cost of the Ed Martin basketball booster scandal is $712,425, with $349,440 going to the NCAA for penalties, $339,485 for legal fees and $23,500 to the National Invitation Tournament for penalties.
October 2004: Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman stops plans to sell the naming rights for the Michigan-Ohio State game for $530,000.
July 2005: Martin to the Board of Regents: The Michigan athletic department has a projected surplus of $13.8 million for the fiscal year and a reserve of $50 million.
July 2006: Martin projects a surplus of $16.2 million for the fiscal year, $6.9 million more than originally anticipated. Martin also notes that the waiting list for Michigan football tickets is 9,000, an increase of 2,000 in one year.
March 2007: Martin fires men's basketball coach Tommy Amaker after he goes six seasons without leading the Wolverines to an NCAA Tournament berth. Michigan went 109-83 under Amaker.
April 2007: Martin hires John Beilein to coach Michigan's men’s basketball program. After the Wolverines go 10-22 in Beilein's first season, the veteran coach leads Michigan to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 years as the Wolverines reach the Sweet 16.
April 2007: Martin hires Kevin Borseth as the women's basketball coach. Martin made the hire after former coach Cheryl Burnett announced she was retiring after posting a 35-83 record in four seasons. The Wolverines went 10-54 in Big Ten play under Burnett. Borseth went 19-14 in his first season and led Michigan to its first postseason berth in six years.
June 2007: Michigan's Board of Regents approve a $226 million renovation project that will add luxury suites to Michigan Stadium. The plan is approved only a few months after a disabled veterans group filed a federal lawsuit against the university claiming the project does not meet federal standards for wheelchair accessible seating.
July 2007: The athletic department finished the fiscal year with a $13.6 million surplus. "We are in great shape, " regent Martin Taylor said. "This has to go down as one of the great departmental turnarounds in history."
July 2007: Martin announces an eight-year sponsorship deal with Adidas, ending Michigan’s longtime relationship with Nike.
November 2007: Martin begins search for new football coach after longtime coach Lloyd Carr announces his retirement. Carr, who led Michigan to the 1997 co-national championship, leads Michigan to an upset win over Florida in the Capital One Bowl.
December 2007: Martin hires Rich Rodriguez as Michigan's football coach five weeks after Carr announces his retirement.
June, 2008: Martin hires Mike Bottom to take over Michigan's men's swimming coach to replace Bob Bowman.
July 2008: Martin projects a surplus of $14.2 million for the fiscal year, which exceeds expectations. The surplus represents the seventh straight year the athletic department has reported an increase. Martin credits a portion of the growth to a preferred seat licensing program at Michigan Stadium, which nets a 97.1 percent renewal rate.
January 2009: The Michigan Board of Regents approves plans for a $23.2 million basketball practice facility adjacent to Crisler Arena. "This is a major step forward in improving our basketball facilities," Martin said.
June 2009: Nine consecutive years of a surplus. Martin tells the Board of Regents his department will have an $8.8 million surplus and projects a surplus of $10.2 million for the next year.