Michigan has found a new athletic director, and it is none other than Dave Brandon, the CEO and Chairman of Domino’s Pizza, a former U-M Regent, and a one-time football player at Michigan for Bo Schembechler. Brandon seemed like the favorite to get the job from the moment the search began because he is a successful businessman and because he has very strong ties to Michigan. In that sense, he was the most well-rounded candidate, so it’s not surprise that he ended up getting the job.
I will have more on this hire and more on Brandon in the coming days, but my initial reaction is that this was a good move by Michigan. Brandon definitely has the business credentials for the athletic director job, and his ties to Michigan are a definite positive. He has been around college athletics as a player, as a U-M Regent, and now he will get to take it in from the perspective of athletic director.