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Posted on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 12:58 p.m.

Michigan's Dave Brandon, Michigan State's Mark Hollis nominated for AD of the Year award

By Nick Baumgardner

Michigan and Michigan State are at it again.

This time in the athletic director's office.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and his Michigan State counterpart, Mark Hollis, were both nominated for the 2012 Sports Business Awards Athletic Director of the Year award on Monday.


Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.

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Joining Brandon and Hollis on the list was Temple's Bill Bradshaw, Arkansas' Jeff Long and Baylor's Ian McCaw.

Both Brandon and Hollis pulled off notable creative feats this past athletic season, with Brandon playing an integral role in the Michigan football program's first home night game, the "Under the Lights" contest between the Wolverines and Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium last September.

Hollis, meanwhile, took center stage for the 2011 Carrier Classic, a basketball game between Michigan State and North Carolina, which was played on the USS Carl Vinson in November.

The SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will present all 15 of its awards during a live ceremony on May 23 at the New York Marquis at Times Square.

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Terry Star21

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 7:53 a.m.

Brandon is a class act, 'Under the Lights' was one of the greatest football games of the year and out classes playing 'Hoops on a Shrimping Boat' easily. Down south lost out for the 'Up at the Tattoo Parlor' promotion.

Bennie's Curse

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 1:21 a.m.

Congratulations to the two ADs on their nominations. Next year they can both try out for Dancing With the Stars and then maybe each can spin into another career option on cable in a reality series (Lawn Stars, Hardcourt Pawns, Ask Men, Great Lakes Gold Rush, Mid-American Pickers)? Congrats to the three State of Michigan university men's basketball teams that made entry into the 2012 tournament, also. Although the state down south may have sent more entrants this year they should remember the beat downs our state schools have hung on their flagship school in football and roundball this year. Of particular merit was the Spartans wins in football in the O-H-N-O Stadium and in basketball at the Nuthouse! This has earned the BIG10 Conference Champion Spartans the title of THE Michigan State University! Go Green and Sparty On!


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 6:56 p.m.

Didn't AD Hollis brag about how The Situation from the "Jersey Shore" was going to be at one of the Spartan home games last fall? Yes, let's award it to him...


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 6:16 p.m.

I would argue playing basketball on an aircraft carrier is a bit more creative then playing football under the lights However if this award is for "sports business," I would say it should go to Brandon as his "under the lights" promotion included all kinds of different direct monetary benefits for his University (Selling Jnew Jersey's, Arbys)

Terry Star21

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 7:57 a.m.

Really, your talking about the two greatest college football teams in history playing the greatest game of the year under the lights against two ordinary hoops teams playing on a shrimping boat, really !


Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 5:45 p.m.

Brandon SHOULD be disqualified for poor taste in fashion. If the "mustard-&-blue" home team B-ball jerseys aren't bad enough, who can forget the hideous striped retro football jerseys with a letter rather than the player's number? Oops... I forgot. It's all about "branding the M" and generating revenue. Meanwhile, a quarter of the Sweet 16 are teams from the great state of Ohio: The Ohio State University, Cinci, Xavier and the Wolverine-killing Bobcats of OU. Enjoy your hiatus, Blue fans. It must make you "green" with envy to see all those you hate advance. See you in the autumn.

Terry Star21

Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 7:39 a.m.

It still seems to really boil the ohio buckeyes to lose all their best recruits to Michigan. I think ohio should be happy that their homegrown are getting the best education and performing for Michigan, the greatest college football team of all time.

Blue Marker

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:48 p.m.

"Meanwhile, a quarter of the Sweet 16 are teams from the great state of Ohio: The Ohio State University, Cinci, Xavier" Now, Cinci and Xavier, are they going to fight to the death in their tourney? Will the game be played Cage-match style? Fine example of the great state of Ohio sportsmenship.

Blue Marker

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 8:35 p.m.

I've got some Buckeye friends and they're smart enough to know the position of AD in not one anyone at OSU should be poking fun at. Gene Smith makes an idiot out of himself on a regular basis. Next why don't you make fun of Michigan's compliance department?

Marcus Ray was Right!

Mon, Mar 19, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

The OSU, Talk all you want. The only rankings that really matter in life are the ones in the following link: (Note that where OSU is ranked they only give a range and not a definiitive number.) And it is interesting that in these type of rankings I have NEVER seen OSU ranked higher than Michigan. So live vicariously through the fleeting accomplishments of others knowing that OSU can never match up to MIchigan where it really matters.