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Athletic Director Dave Brandon resigning from University of Michigan — Ann Arbor - Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who has been under intense fire and scrutiny particularly these past five weeks, is expected to resign Friday. The announcement will be made at 1:30 p.m. Friday during an on-campus news conference with Michigan president Mark Schlissel, a source confirmed to The Detroit News.
Oct 31, 2014

Former @Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett expected to be interim @UMich AD to succeed resigning @DaveBrandonAD:…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Bill_Shea19: David Brandon will resign today as Michigan's athletics director, reports The Detroit News:…

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Expected Dave Brandon successor James Hackett is ex-UM player, Steelcase CEO — The man expected to be chosen to replace Dave Brandon on an interim basis as the University of Michigan's athletic director is a former UM football player with a long career as a corporate executive.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @stevemurphy_dn: James Hackett, UM's new interim AD, brings executive experience, ties to the Schembechler era:…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @slmandel: For interim AD, Michigan is expected to tap … another former CEO and ex-Schembechler player, per Detroit News.…

Oct 31, 2014

For interim AD, Michigan is expected to tap … another former CEO and ex-Schembechler player, per Detroit News.…

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Live: Mark Schlissel press conference at UM — Rod Beard of The Detroit News will provide live updates here from the press conference today with Michigan president Mark Schlissel.
Oct 31, 2014

Live video of Schlissel's presser announcing Brandon's resignation @UMich:…

Student: 'Buildup of bad will' led to Brandon exit — Ann Arbor - The news of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's resignation spread across the campus quickly on Friday morning. Though there was growing discontent over the past few weeks with the way Brandon had handled situations with the football program, student-ticket prices and other off-field incidents, the announcement was surprising.

What should Michigan want in new superintendent? — State Superintendent Mike Flanagan has talked about retiring the past few years. But his departure became a reality in May, when the State Board of Education launched its search for his replacement. Judging from initial names board members are considering, the next superintendent could be much more politically motivated and divisive than Flanagan, who has walked a careful line between the various education interest groups.

Wojo's Pigskin Picks: MSU, all of them, seeking respect — The initial rankings for the four-team college football playoff are out, and everyone's feverishly debating whether the Southeastern Conference will get five or six teams in, whether 19-point road losses are acceptable, and whether six or seven Big Ten teams could be invited to the NIT.
Oct 31, 2014

absolutely hilarious RT @bobwojnowski: Spartans hunting for national respect now. Will they get it?! My picks col:…

Oct 31, 2014

Spartans hunting for national respect now. Will they get it?! My picks col:…

Michigan counting on young Donnal, Doyle in frontcourt — Ann Arbor - With Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas in the backcourt the past four years, Michigan coach John Beilein hasn't had to worry much. Michigan still is loaded, with Derrick Walton Jr. and Caris LeVert.

Tigers to bring back Joakim Soria in setup role — Detroit - The first move of the Tigers' offseason has been settled. The team will pick up the $7 million option for 2015 on reliever Joakim Soria, a source confirmed to The News on Friday. The team confirmed the news later in the day.
Oct 31, 2014

Joakim Soria "ecstatic" to be back with #Tigers, especially now that he has a role.…

American Axle increases Q3 earnings 54% to $48.6M — American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings on Friday reported strong financial gains for the third quarter. The Detroit auto supplier earned $48.6 million, or $0.63 per share, from July through September, a 54 percent increase from the third quarter of 2013.

Read full Dave Brandon $3M settlement agreement here — Here is the settlement agreement between Dave Brandon and the University of Michigan. Under terms of this agreement, Brandon will be paid $3 million by UM by June 2018. This Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims ("Agreement") is made by and between David A. Brandon ("Employee") and the University of Michigan ("University").

Niyo: UM sophomore Walton groomed to be a star — Ann Arbor - John Beilein was careful not to saddle Derrick Walton Jr. with any Trey Burke comparisons - or expectations - as a freshman point guard last year. But this year, as Michigan prepares to tip off another season with a young roster and high hopes - consecutive trips to the Final Four and Elite Eight will do that for a basketball program - that reluctance seems to have faded.
Oct 31, 2014

Derrick Walton Jr. says he's ready for a starring role. That's good, because Michigan's coaches are counting on it:

Two losses in, Pistons already bickering — Minneapolis - If Stan Van Gundy found no positives in the season opener, he'll find a couple to take solace in from Game 2 - while also kicking himself for a late call.
Oct 31, 2014

Smooth start MT @JohnNiyo: Two games in, Van Gundy & Jennings already having it out. @vgoodwill with the story:

Oct 31, 2014

Two games in, Stan Van Gundy and Brandon Jennings already having it out. @vgoodwill with the story from Minnesota:

Man’s body recovered from collapsed trench — Grosse Pointe Woods - Rescue teams have recovered the body of a man who was buried in a collapsed trench. Police say the body of subcontractor Leland Rumph, 59, who died Wednesday after debris from a hole 15 feet deep buried him alive, had been extracted Friday morning.

Stephen Weiss' groin ailment is latest in list of woes — Detroit - Amid this superb start to the season for the Red Wings is one lingering pocket of frustration - Stephen Weiss. The Wings signed the veteran to a five-year, $24.5 million contract before last season with the expectation that he would be the team's No. 2 center.
Oct 31, 2014

Wings befuddled by the latest setback for Stephen Weiss

Kentucky No. 1 in preseason poll; MSU No. 18, UM No. 23 — The story seems to be the same every season at Kentucky: Lose star players to the NBA, replace them with another group of one-and-doners, compete for a national championship.

Trieu: Four-star DT Raequan Williams has MSU in top five — Raequan Williams, a highly-recruited defensive tackle from Chicago DePaul Prep, visited Michigan State last Saturday for their win over Michigan and left with a scholarship offer from the Spartans. That offer and his experience on the visit have the Green and White immediately moving into his list of top choices.

The Obama effect will hurt Democrats — Michigan has always been a little different, politically. Some would say our state is schizophrenic, but it's easily one of the more "purple" states in the union, neither dominated by the "blue" Democrat Party of the "red" Republicans. Our state hasn't elected a Republican to the U.S.

UM basketball media day and practice — University of Michigan basketball players (from left) Caris Levert, Derrick Walton Jr., and Zak Irvin share a moment during Media Day during Media Day in Ann Arbor on Oct. 30, 2014

UM still not over Kentucky's 3-pointer in Elite Eight — Ann Arbor - Coming off an Elite Eight appearance last season, Michigan still isn't satisfied. UM lost three players to the NBA and two more experienced frontcourt players, but still looks back to the final shot against Kentucky that ended its season.