UM's Minick offered to resign, Hackett refused

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Jim Minick, Michigan associate athletic director for football, who recently pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and also for refusing a Breathalyzer test and faces eight months probation, offered his resignation to interim athletic director Jim Hackett.

"Jim Minick submitted his resignation, and I refused it," Hackett said, mentioning Minick's seven tours of duty. "Selflessness would be a way I'd describe him. He and I had deep conversations about it, and I was convinced this is a guy who will learn from this mistake."

Minick, a retired Marine colonel and 27-year veteran, is a longtime friend of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, was hired by Harbaugh to the current football staff.

Hackett said he and Harbaugh talked with Minick about the situation after the associate athlete director for football's early morning one-car accident. His blood-alcohol level was .185 and he said in court he had consumed eight drinks.