Ever since Jim Hackett stepped into the inteirm athletic director position at Michigan back in October of last year, he’s been steadfast and vocal in his intentions to serve only as the interim, and not the full-time AD.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan is “expected to ramp up its search for a permanent athletic director this week,” and “the permanent athletic director is not expected to be interim athletic director Jim Hackett”.
The piece goes on to point out that a search committee will be likely be announced at some time this week, and a permanent AD could be in place as soon as this month. Once a permanent AD is in place, Hackett (who was making $600,000 during his indefinite appointment) will step away from his role.
Hackett stepped in admirably and did an outstanding job during a turbulent time in Michigan athletics. One of his first orders of business was to dismiss head coach Brady Hoke, and then start the search for his replacement.
We all now how that ended up.
Hackett will forever be remembered as the man who brought Jim Harbaugh back to Ann Arbor, and did everything in his power to restore Michigan football to a level that all fans expect. His short time leading Michigan athletics has left an undeniable legacy.
Jim Hackett will forever go down as the “You had one job” champion
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 1, 2015
Head here to read the full run down from the Detroit Free Press.