If you have been following college football you are probably aware of the dumpster fire going on at the University of Michigan. Sitting at 2-3, Michigan most recently lost to Minnesota and is only a three point favorite over Rutgers. It seems all but a formality that Brady Hoke is going to be canned by season's end, if not before. But what about Michigan AD Dave Brandon? The Wolverines football team is the bread and butter of that athletics program, and when they don't perform, heads are going to roll.
Enter Boston College AD Brad Bates. According to 247's Pete Roussell (a coaching search guru), Bates's name has been floated as a possible replacement for Brandon if Michigan decides to go in a different direction. BC's AD, you may remember, was part of the Michigan football program under Bo Schembechler, and holds both an undergrad and graduate degree from the school.
Clearly if Michigan calls, you better answer. Bates just completed his second full season as the Eagles' athletic director. In that span he has hired a football coach (Steve Addazio) and a basketball coach (Jim Christian), and improved gameday experience at football games. There is still a lot of work to be done on the Heights, including indoor practice facilities, the wretched baseball program, and the strategic improvement plan which may or may not ever see the light of day.
The other name being floated is UConn's Warde Manuel. He also has ties to the Michigan program, and played there under Bo Schembechler. While this is all just in the rumor phase, Bates to Michigan certainly makes sense. The drama in Ann Arbor has now caught the attention of Eagles nation. Hold on tight folks, this may get interesting.