Four candidates to be UM athletic director
Here's a look at four probable candidates to become Michigan's next athletic director:
Jeff Long: He was hired in the Michigan athletic department in 1988 and had a long career at UM. He had been a graduate football assistant in 1987. He spent 11 years at Michigan and since then has risen through the ranks. He is widely known nationally as the chairman of the College Football Playoff committee, a position he has held for two years, including the inaugural playoff committee in 2014. Long, whose wife, Fanny, is an Ann Arbor native, is in his seventh year as vice chancellor and director of athletics at Arkansas. He was the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year for the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013. He negotiated Arkansas' apparel deal with Nike. Long is a native of Kettering, Ohio, and attended Ohio Wesleyan, where he earned seven varsity letters in football and baseball.
Joe Parker: He currently is the athletic director at Colorado State. Parker is a former All-American swimmer and captain of the 1987 Michigan team that won the Big Ten title. He worked in the UM athletic department for eight years (2003-2011) and was part of a small team that raised more than $400 million in infrastructure improvements, including the renovation of Michigan Stadium. He was well-known as a fund raiser and during his tenure helped raise $14 million in annual gift revenue and more than $31 million in major gifts to support the Michigan Stadium renovation. Parker in 2006 was promoted to senior associate athletic director for development and corporate relations. He was named Colorado State athletic director on March 17, 2015, and prior to that was deputy athletic director at Texas Tech beginning in 2011.
Brad Bates: Bates was a walk-on football player under Bo Schembechler and eventually earned a scholarship. Bates holds a master's degree in education from Michigan and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt, where he worked from 1985-2002 and was senior associate athletic director and supervised the athletic department's budget. After 10 years at Miami of Ohio, where he was athletic director, Bates became athletic director of Boston College in 2012. Bates' name came up last year after Dave Brandon resigned as Michigan's athletic director. Bates, in an interview with the Port Huron newspaper last year, would not say if his alma mater had contacted him about the job, saying he loves Boston College but is proud of U-M, "and value the education the students are receiving there."
Warde Manuel: Manuel played football at Michigan (1987-88) for Bo Schembechler until his career was cut short by a neck injury. Manuel joined Michigan's athletic department and in 1988 was named assistant athletic director and then associate athletic director in 2000. He became athletic director at Buffalo in 2005 and was there until 2012, when he became athletic director at Connecticut, where he continues to run the department. Under his watch, UConn has won six national championships, the most in school history in a three-year period. Earlier this year, Manuel was named winner of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America.