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Future of U of M's Brandon on the table at regents meeting today

Oct 16, 2014

Michigan Athletic Director, David Brandon.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The University of Michigan Board of Regents is meeting today at 3 p.m. in Flint.

It's a safe bet that one of the big issues on their agenda is the future of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon says it's "90% clear where this is going to be headed."

Brandon and U-M Coach Brady Hoke came under fire when sophomore quarterback Shane Morris was allowed to play after he was injured in last month's game against Minnesota.

Morris was later diagnosed with a concussion. 

Bacon says the regents will have influence over a decision on Brandon, but it's U of M President Mark Schlissel who will have the final say. 

Schlissel turned up at football practice a week ago; Bacon says that rarely happens. It shows the issue is on the president's radar, and Schlissel is known for his emphasis on student experience – including the experience of student athletes.

Bacon notes a petition led by Michigan students calling for Brandon to be fired has gathered about 11,000 signatures already. 

On the other hand, things may be looking up for coach Brady Hoke, thanks to a win over Penn State last weekend. 

Bacon says the win was necessary for Hoke and also significant for the whole team.

"Players I know said the celebration in that locker room was one of the best days they've ever had," says Bacon.

* Listen to the full conversation with John U. Bacon above.