Former Michigan football assistant coach part of athletic director search
A former linebackers coach under Bo Schembechler is working as a consultant in the search for an athletic director at the University of Michigan.
Headhunter Jed Hughes, part of the Michigan football team's coaching staff from 1973-75, and the consulting firm Spencer Stuart are managing the search process, the university said Monday.
Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman is directing the search with the help of a five-person internal committee made up of basketball coach John Beilein, executive vice president Timothy Slottow, managing director of the Life Science Institute Liz Barry, faculty athletic representative Percy Bates and executive vice president for academic affairs Teresa Sullivan.
Football coach Rich Rodriguez is not on the search committee.
An official job posting on the university Web site said Coleman “selected the advisors based on their knowledge of particular aspects of the athletic director role, as well as her respect for their judgment.”
Bill Martin announced his resignation as athletic director last month, effective next September.
At the time, Rodriguez said he wasn’t concerned about having a say in the search.
“I think the administration will get input from a lot of different areas in a lot of different facets,” he said. “We have a terrific president. I think Mary Sue Coleman is absolutely one of the best there is and I know she and the administration will have a plan to follow, and I’m sure they’ll get a lot of input from a lot of areas.”
Rodriguez finished his second season as Michigan coach with a 21-10 loss to Ohio State on Saturday. The Wolverines went 5-7 and failed to qualify for a bowl for the second straight year.
Coleman has not specified a timetable for making a hire, but said in a statement last month that Martin would serve in an advisory role once one is hired.
In the official job description prepared by Hughes and consultant Phil Murphy, Spencer Stuart identied three “critical competencies" for a successful hire: Passion for student athlete development, inspirational leadership and superior business acumen.
Among the candidates reported to be in the runningÂ to replace Martin is Dominos Pizza CEO David Brandon, a former university regent who lettered in football at Michigan in 1973, Hughes' first season as an assistant.
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