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book, "Fourth and Long," the athletics
budget has increased nearly 40 percent Dave Brandon as part of Bo Schembechier's
since Brandon took over. 1973 football team. Photo from the
"Operating and administrative expens- University Athletic Department, Bentley
Historical Library, University of Michigan.
en" have nearly doubled over the four
years. There's been a 62-percent increase
in athletic-administrator compensation,
and "professional travel and conference
dues" tripled from 2010-11. Even the line
item "hosting, food and special events"
4as increased six-fold.
To fund these expenses, ticket prices
go up, all sorts of new apparel are sold
and season ticket holders pay for a per-
sonal seat license.
As former University President James_
Duderstadt says in the book, he's alarmed -
"how little of these revenues are actually
spent on student-athletes - for financials
aid, academic support and health care - -
and instead are spent on the expansion
of facilities and the staff, in areas such
as marketing. ... In the revenue sports,
these are approaching levels that are
b"Trily extreme and quite unwarranted
when compared with other university
He also accuses Brandon of using his
platform to gain personal glory.
"Brandon comes out of a CEO world
- and even a million-dollar salary is
chump change for those guys. So it has to
be a personal payoff to be out in front of
a crowd of one hundred thousand, cheer- :
ing for you. You don't get that as CEO."
It may be that Brandon is simply
powerless to the commercial direction
%fcollege sports. The ship has already
departed the dock, and he's not going "'""w mm
to be the one responsible for Michigan T " 4a x
being left on shore.,
After multiple c-mails and phone calls 4
requesting an interview, the Athletic 4
Department declined to make Brandon
or any other department member avail- .
able for comment. e ""
"The money end of it and the demandsr
of the kids now, that bothers me," Eaton,W
the former Michigan defensive end, said.
"But we're competing out there, and it's
not Michigan's place to try and save col-'
lege athletics. It's the presidents of the
universities of the country to help con- 6
trol that. Personally, I think it's gotten
out of hand."
There's little reason for Brandon to#
change his style unless university presi-
dents do indeed step in. The Michigan
Athletic Department is making money,
and when it's not, it's being given money,
like $100 million from Stephen Ross.,.
Its teams are successful. Last year,
the Wolverines came in fourth in the
, untry in the Director's Cup, a measure
of success across all sports. It was the
school's highest finish in five years. l
And even despite Michigan's place inv
the decrepit state of Big Ten football, the
Wolverines couldn't be more relevant in
today's college sports landscape. And Dave o
Bandon is making sure of that.
So until there's reason not to, there willw
be fireworks. Always the fireworks.'
statement on the street: What should the band play at halftime?
._ _ _ _ on the record
"Kanye West, because
he is the greatest. 'Can't
Tell Me Nothing,' or also
'Jesus Walks,' slightly
controversial ... maybe
not that one."
"Daft Punk. 'One More
Time,' ... If they could
somehow replicate the (Daft
Punk) helmets instead of
wearing their marching band
hats, that would be dope."
"Eminem. Because he
has really inspirational
music. I don't think
Beyonce has any
inspirational things like
that, but that's OK."
"There was a lot more free stuff; like, I got 15 t-shirts at
- DAVID LUI, Binghamton University senior, comparing the free
swag at last weekends world record breaking MHacks hackathon to a
similar event hosted at the University of Pennsylvania.
"Often comparing it to real life sex, Jon views porn as
a way of life, something as usual as going to the gym or
hanging out with his friends."
- MAYANK MATHUR, Daily Arts Writer, about the
newfilm "Don Jon".
"We all are trying to figure out where we're at as a
- BRADY HOKE, Michigan coach, after thefootball team's
close victory over Connecticut.
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t CBSNews. A virus-
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