I would caution everyone's enthusiasm with the fact that David Brandon has 1 card left to play to smooth things over with Schlissel in light of building momentum:
Donors. Specifically Stephen L Ross, Ira Harris and that ilk.
DB can wrap his arm around President Schlissel and say in his best CEO weasel voice (apologies to weasels and the good CEOs): "President, listen, this is solved by tossing Brady aside and getting a new Coach. I've talked with Ross about it, Harris is on-board, we'll talk to usual suspects and get Brady out of here. Clean, no fuss. No donors walk, we may even pull in another "named coach" position out of this. Net-net, this could actually make Michigan a few million dollars."
Don't underestimate the machiavelli dwelling inside Brandon. Becoming CEO of multiple corporations doesn't occur unless you are a premier manipulator. Premier... and a very adroit liar.
The remedy for the donor move in continued public pressure. By both media and fans.
Just preparing folks in the (unfortunate) event of a long siege.
Well, for those of us wondering how Stephen Ross feels about Dave Brandon and the AD, I think we have our answer, though it's not what most of us hoped for:
"He's probably the most qualified athletic director in the country. I think he's terrific," said billionaire real estate developer Stephen Ross, a UM alumnus who has given the university $310 million in recent years. "I wouldn't have given my gift to the athletic department if I didn't believe in Dave."
Another interesting takeaway from this article that seems to contradict what other recent reports have suggested:
A source within the university, who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, said concerns about Brandon and UM athletics are a talking point, but little else at this point.
"There's no movement to push Brandon out," the source said, who noted that any change would go through the university president, to whom the athletic director reports, and would be a long-term process rather than a sudden dismissal.
Here's the full article
Report: Ross to give $200 million in largest-ever donation to University
The article gives the details and apparently there is a press conf today (Wednesday). Impressive. Some of the donation will go to athletics.
Stephen M. Ross – Michigan grad and owner of the Miami Dolphins – has signed his name on the Giving Pledge with the goal of donating half of his wealth to charity. As many may know, Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates started it a few years ago. Ross along with others were announced recently as new members in the group.
Prominent in real estate, Stephen M. Ross founded Related Companies and today is the owner of the Miami Dolphins. In his pledge letter, he says "I turned a 10-page business plan" -- created after he'd been fired by a New York financial firm -- "into over a $15 billion business." Formerly private in his philanthropy, he says he joined The Giving Pledge hoping to inspire others to give.
Good for him and all the others. Great to see people willing to make such sacrificies in this world.
Article in Forbes about Stephen Ross