Timeline of Dave Brandon's tenure as Michigan AD
Here are the highs and lows from Dave Brandon's tenure as Michigan athletic director.
Jan. 5, 2010 – Dave Brandon, former CEO of Domino's and a Michigan alum and former football player, named Michigan's new athletic director.
March 8, 2010 – Brandon's tenure as AD begins.
May 25, 2010 – Michigan admits NCAA violations by the football program under coach Rich Rodriguez.
Sept. 9, 2010 – Regents approve $1.8 million for permanent lighting at Michigan Stadium.
Jan. 5, 2011 – Rodriguez is fired as Michigan football coach after three seasons. Brandon says at a news conference he is "confident" Rodriguez "will be a successful coach at another program."
Jan. 11, 2011 – After conducting a search, Brandon hires Brady Hoke as football coach.
Sept. 10, 2011 – Michigan Stadium hosts its first night game, against Notre Dame.
July 23, 2012 – Brandon's contract is extended through June 30, 2018.
Sept. 4, 2013 – Michigan alum Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the university with $100 million earmarked for athletics.
Sept. 7, 2013 – Michigan plays Notre Dame in the second night game at Michigan Stadium and sets an NCAA record with 115,109 in attendance. But Michigan also plays the "Chicken Dance" in the stadium after the game, in reference to Hoke saying the Irish were "chickening out" of the series.
Sept. 14 – A skywriting plane hired by Michigan flies over Spartan Stadium and leaves a "Go Blue" message in the sky.
Jan. 1, 2014 – Michigan Stadium hosts the NHL Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.
Jan. 10, 2014 – Doug Nussmeier is hired as offensive coordinator and Brandon is the only individual who speaks to the media outside of the news conference.
Aug. 2, 2014 – Michigan Stadium hosts Real Madrid and Manchester United in an exhibition match and UM sets a U.S. attendance record for soccer.
July 17, 2014 – Michigan's Regents reject a request from Brandon for fireworks at the Miami (Ohio) game on Sept. 13 and the Penn State night game on Oct. 11.
Sept. 18, 2014 – Regents approve the construction of South Campus athletics facilities, funded largely by Ross' donation.
Sept. 22, 2014 – A photo taken by a Michigan Daily staffer and posted on Twitter shows a promotion offering two $75 face value tickets to the Minnesota game with the purchase of two bottles of Coke.
Sept. 27, 2014 – Michigan opens the Big Ten season against Minnesota and starting quarterback Shane Morris takes a hard hit late in the fourth quarter. He is later diagnosed with a concussion and the program is widely criticized for allowing him to play two additional plays after the hit.
Sept. 30, 2014 – Brandon issues a statement regarding the Morris incident at 12:52 a.m.
Oct. 2, 2014 – Brandon conducts a series of one-on-one interviews regarding the incident and says a breakdown in communication with the medical and training staffs was the issue. He absolves the coaching staff of blame and says he will not resign.
Oct. 8, 2014 – President Mark Schlissel visits with the football team after practice. He is not accompanied by Brandon.
Oct. 16, 2014 – The Regents have regularly-scheduled meeting at UM's Flint campus. Schlissel says he is disappointed with the way the Morris incident was handled.
Oct. 23, 2014 – Michigan announces plans to lower student season-ticket prices for next season.
Oct. 27, 2014 – Ross, the largest donor to athletics, tells the Wall Street Journal he will not stand in the way of Schlissel as the president formulates his decision about Brandon. Just a few weeks earlier, Ross had publicly supported Brandon.
Oct. 28, 2014 – UM fan site MGoBlog publishes damaging email exchanges that allegedly took place between Brandon and fans. Although the website could not say for sure Brandon authored the emails, they shared similar themes and tone.
Oct. 31, 2014 – Brandon resigns as athletic director.