mgoblue.com: Michigan athletic director Bill Martin will retire next year
Michigan athletic director Bill Martin will retire on Sept. 4, 2010, the university announced on its web site this morning. Martin made the move official with a letter to Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman this morning.
The date is the same day the Michigan football team opens a renovated Michigan Stadium, one of Martin's signature achievements in his 10-year tenure, in a game against the University of Connecticut.
Martin could not immediately be reached for comment.
Coleman's full statement can be found here.
He became Michigan's athletic director on an interim basis on August 1, 2000, replacing Tom Goss.
"Being the Michigan AD is not just a job, it's a way of life and one I have embraced full force," Martin wrote in his letter to Coleman. "It's fair to say the role also can have its challenges, but our exceptional coaches, students, support staff and administrators have made my job enjoyable every day."