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... but turmoil in the Athletic Department makes the aftertaste somewhat bitter
Goss' tenure short, but legacy
stil veiy much in question
By Janet Adany
and Heather Kamins
Sept. 9, 1997f ,
Amaker takes over after Ellerbe firng
Newly appointed Athletic Director
Torn Goss said yesterday that he will
use principles of integrity and account-
ability to strengthen the University's
"I am grounded in accountabilities,"
said Goss, a former California business
executive and Michigan defensive
tackle. "Once you know what I expect,
I hold you accountable. People will
know what the expectations are."
Following weeks of speculation,
University President Lee Bollinger
officially announced Goss as his
"absolute first choice" to serve as the
ninth athletic director.
By Jeannie Baumann
and David Den Herder
University President Lee Bollinger
officially accepted the resignation of
Athletic Director Tom Goss yesterday,
after appointing him in September
"Every decision that I have made in
the past 29 months was made from the
heart and in the best interest of the Uni-
versity of Michigan and its student-ath-
letes," said Goss, who is scheduled to
leave office at the end of the winter ath-
letic season in March.
"This is a decision Torn and I have
arrived at that goes back over many
months and over many discussions,"
Bollinger said. "It is far too complex for
any kind of simple statement. This is
the right decision for the University."
Bollinger refused to give the specifics
behind the athletic director's departure.
But as Goss addressed his future
options, he mentioned the abruptness of
"I really haven't had the time to real-
ly consider (my options)," Goss said.
"This just happened real quick."
By Michael Kern
After Tommy Amaker was announced yesterday as the
next coach of the Michigan men's basketball team, junior
forward Chris Young quipped, "If he wasn't going to be a
coach, he could probably be a politician."
Amaker certainly had all of the right answers for the
When asked if he minded that he would be playing second
fiddle to Lloyd Carr and the football team, Amaker expound-
ed about the example that Michigan football set for college
"It's more than just winning, it's how they win," the new
coach said. "There is no better example for our basketball
team than our football team."
Amaker left Seton Hall under difficult circumstances. The
announcement came suddenly and caught many of his former
players off-guard. The Pirates held a team meeting with their
former coach yesterday to say goodbye. More than a few
tears were shed.
"It's unfortunate. I think we all recognize it is part of th -,
landscape (of college basketball)," Arnaker said. "I tried tom
get up and get a haircut before I got on the plane this morn-
ing, and I was told by my barber, 'Well Coach, the fact is that
maybe people are upset and disappointed, but it beats the
heck out of people throwing a party that you are leaving.'
During Amaker's introductory speech yesterday, the team
stood behind their new coach, smiling with approval. Amak-
er met with the team for the first time for about an hour
before the press conference, taking the time to get to know
Besides the throng of media and players in attendance for
the press conference, a few Maize Ragers were on hand to,
one put it, "personally thank Tommy Amaker for coming
Amaker comes to Michigan after spending four years as
Seton Fall's head coach. In that time, the Pirates were 68-55
with four postseason berths, including a trip to the NCAA
Sweet 16 a year ago.
By Michael Kern
March 14, 2001
A FORGOTTE. :
Tom Goss addresses the media at the press conference announcing the end of his
tenure as Michigan's Athletic Director.
Coaches petition Martin to
accept full-time AD position
By Lisa Koivu
Aug. 7, 2000
- After serving as the interim-athlet-
ic director since the forced resigna-
tion of Tom Goss almost five months
ago, Bill Martin was chosen by Uni-
versity President Lee Bollinger to
continue on as head of the Athletic
Department for the next five years.
The decision came after the major-
ity of the head coaches of the 25 var-
sity sports on campus sent a petition
to Bollinger, asking for Martin to
retain the job.
"About two to two and a half
weeks ago, the coaches got together
and put a petition in followed by the
staff saying 'please stay'," Martin
said at the press conference announc-
ing his ajpointnent.
"That:really personally stunned
me. I was shocked by that. It made
me pause and think about this. I
paused and reflected, said if these
folks really want me that bad, maybe
I better take a hard look at this," he
Martin was not among the three
finalists presented by the search com-
mittee to Bollinger.
"We looked at hundreds of people.
Bill Martin wasn't a candidate," Jack-
After weeks of speculation, Michigan
Athletic Director Bill Martin announced
yesterday that Brian Ellerbe would no
longer coach the Michigan basketball
team and that a search process to find a
replacement would begin immediately.
"Sunday afternoon during a meeting
in my office I asked Brian Ellerbe to
step down as head coach of the Univer-
sity of Michigan men's basketball
team," Martin said in a written state-
ment. "This has been an extremely diffi-
cult decision and one I made only after
careful assessment of the entire pro-
Ellerbe will receive $447.000 in com-
pensation, which Martin said is consistent
with the terms of his contract that call for
a three-year payout of his base salary.
In a statement he released to the
Detroit Free Press, Ellerbe thanked
those who had worked with him while
he was coach and maintained that he
believed he had met the standards set
forth when he was given the job.
"When I took this assignment, I knew
our program faced several issues that
were left for us to deal with," Ellerbe
wrote. "I also knew that returning the
program to competitive standards com-
mensurate with Michigan's rich athletic
tradition would not be done overnight. I
am confident I fulfilled the guidelines
established by President Bollinger and
Tom Goss by running our program with
Despite great success, Fisher fired
By Heather Kamins
and Jim Rose
Oct. 13, 1997
Months of controversy and specula-
tion culminated in the firing of Steve
Fisher as Michigan men's basketball
coach, Athletic Director Tom Goss
Goss said the decision was entirely
his own and that Fisher was never
offered the option to resign.
"I have decided that it is time to
make a change in the head men's bas-
ketball coach at the University of
Michigan," Goss said. "To change the
program was my decision. To hire a
new coaclT will be my decision."
A national search for a successor
will begin immediately and conclude
as soon as possible, Goss said. Assis-
tant coach Brian Ellerbe will serve as
interim coach and lead practices, which
are scheddled to begin Saturday.
Goss met with Fisher on Fridah
afternoon for a general discussion or
the future of the program. He said he
had no prior intention to fire him.
"I didn't know. I was very open-
minded. I was ready for the meeting to
go either way," Goss said.
Saturday's announcement came just
two days after the release of a 250-
page report detailing a private law
firm's investigation into the Univers4
ty's basketball program. The seven-
month investigation uncovered only
three minor violations, despite prior
allegations of major NCAA infrac-
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