Michigan reinstates Harbaugh aide Jim Minick

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Jim Minick, Michigan associate athletic director for football, has been reinstated, a Michigan official confirmed Friday night.

Minick, an old friend of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh who was hired to the staff when Harbaugh took the job in late December, had been suspended after an arrest on suspicion of drunken driving on May 9.

Harbaugh released a statement on May 13 regarding Minick's suspension for the arrest, which resulted from a single-vehicle crash in Pittsfield Township at around 2:30 a.m. Minick told authorities he crashed after another vehicle cut him off. The other vehicle left the scene.

The officer suspected Minick was operating under the influence, but Minick refused a Breathalyzer, Gordy Schick, Pittsfield Township deputy police chief, told The News at the time. Minick, 51, who was not injured, was taken into custody

"Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions," Harbaugh had said in his statement.

An open-records request by The News for the police report was denied pending the investigation and the results of Minick's blood work. Shick said at the time it could take weeks or even more than a month to receive the results.

Shick confirmed to The News earlier this week that the blood results had been returned and submitted to the prosecutor's office. The Washtenaw County prosecutor's confirmed this week the report containing the blood results was received from the Pittsfield Police Department.

An email response from the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's office said there would be no comment from the office and information will not be released until there is an arraignment or the office has declined to prosecute.

Minick is a retired U.S. Marines colonel and longtime friend of Harbaugh.

Messages left at the prosecutor's office late Friday were not returned.