Angelique S. Chengelis / The Detroit News
Dave Brandon, the chairman and CEO of Domino's Pizza and a former Michigan football player and university Regent, will be named Michigan's new athletic director and is expected to be introduced to the department staff Tuesday morning, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Brandon, 57, has deep ties to the university and also to Michigan business and politics and has long been considered the front-runner to replace athletic director Bill Martin.
Per Angelique: David Brandon new AD
I'll take any bowl. Give us the extra practices and the exposure that we need to show that the program is turning around.
I suspect Papa John is currently concerned.
I have a new slogan
Domino's Pizza...Leading Michigan to the Promise Land since 2010
He better not fuck Michigan up. I hate those fucking pasta things, and thier old breadsticks kicked ass, the new ones taste like fucking cardboard.
Also if he had any balls he would have brought back the Noid.
but the Twisty bread was amazing.
And whatever happened to the Noid, did he get outsourced for the crappy pasta bread bowls?
The man had his own video game and next thing you know he was out of a job.
Rumor has it that Dominos actually didn't own the Noid. They out sourced his creation and the company wanted to sell it to them, but Domino's thought he sucked so they agreed to rent him for 2 years or something. When the Noid took off and the renewal came around the company tried to charge them 10 trillion dollars to get him back. So he died.
i'm still haunted by seeing the noid in a hallway at domino's headquarters when i was a child
Oh, Adam West killed the Noid.
And I miss the old deep dish. That crust was the BOMB!
The new Michigan promotion? The 5 for 5 deal? Win 5 games in 5 years?
Maybe we;ll get the noid as our mascot.
Watching the liveblog at EDSBS--commenter says new Michigan commercials theme will be "Avoid the Lloyd." Holy shit that slayed me. Maybe its the whiskey, shitty football, and Fox announcers, but I loved it.
I wonder if he can deliver a national championship under 30 minutes.......hay-ooooo!
I nominate this for post of the month. Well done.
Well there goes any training table =)
Mike Gittleson was like, "holy crap the things I could have done for our strength and conditioning program with free Domino's delivery."
Drunk on a weeknight--not smart.
Good news guys all the lineman gained 40 pounds this off season, bad news they all have high cholesterol now =)
600 Squat = Strong
600 LDL + HDL = Biggest Loser Contestant
...you're not the only one who shows up hungover in mid-week.
You must have one of those jobs that makes you drink, just like me!
I woke up the next morning with a hangover, ten minutes late for work. The pitchers and Stoli shooters might've turned out alright, but opening the bottle of Finlandia at my friend's house afterword was a gulp too far. I suppose the drunker I got, the harder I had to try to forget about showing up to work the next day. It didn't take me too long to leave that job in the end.
Thanks for the info. Sound like a great hire.
Will be interesting to see how the stock market reacts to the news. Not often you get to see how the NYSE reacts to Michigan sports.
(note the partial sarcasm)
Let's hope Brandon won't have any Fudgems incidents while on duty at U-M. Or the Bill Martin equivalent of Fudgems, Cheryl Burnett.
I hope the new AD does not consider "sailing" as one of his favorite activities...I also wish him luck. I'm glad they hired someone who is extremely familiar with the great traditions at Michigan.
Up next: Replacing Mary Sue???
Pro Combat uniforms are the devil. I don't want my team to have snake scales for skin. That's just gross.
It's part of the grander "Team Nike" image with the thin stripes on the shoulders and the new "hi-tech" alternates that Ohio State among others wore. Pass... gimmicks are sad.
Agree. Look at the current big-time Adidas schools: Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, TAMU, Notre Dame, Tennessee. All have classy, stable uniforms. They don't follow the silly gimmicks like the Nike schools do. I like our Adidas stuff.
BTW, did you change your avatar? Seems unfamiliar.
Yeah I did, now it's pretty unique and kind of funny. Plus my mario kart character is Yoshi, and I love popcorn, so win-win.
Why? Michigan is getting a great deal from adidas.
Michigan + Adidas = Worst Seasons Ever
Probably really loves the University of Michigan, but I worry about his intense involvement in state politics.
In that initial post he did on possible AD's he listed Brandon as rumored to be anti-RR. I wonder if we hear more about this in the coming days.
Wasn't there a follow up that dismissed those rumors?
From Dave Brandon And Other Athletic Director Bits, 10-27-09:
* The tinfoil-hat wing of the internet that's suggested Brandon is a part of the shadowy anti-RR cabal hypothetically headed by Lloyd Carr could not be more wrong. Brandon was a key supporter of Rodriguez's candidacy. He and RR have dinner regularly. 3-9 engenders some frustration, but one of the items cited was Rodriguez getting "too friendly with the media".
This is not someone who has anything but the program's best interests in mind. Brandon would represent an RR faction* win.
If Brandon wants the job I'm betting he's the front-runner.
. . . *(Assuming that there is any actual anti-RR faction within the athletic department.)
And from Unverified Voracity Pulls Around, 10-21-09:
A couple AD clarifications. The thing about Dave Brandon politicizing the AD position was not meant to suggest a staunch anything couldn't run the department—Bo, good God.
Obviously, they would have to order some pizza...couple of mediums with a couple toppings and a chocolate lava cake?
Brandon and Braylon love RR. how dare you!!!!
from Athletic Director Speculation Time Starts Now posted on 10-21-09:
Former regent Dave Brandon is out there, but is a heavily active Republican who might unnecessarily politicize something that doesn't need that sort of thing. He's also the Domino's CEO and would have to give up his current job, and has considered running for the Senate. He's got other priorities. Also rumored to be anti-RR.
I wonder what Brian might have to say now. Well, as the header says, "Don't panic."
Edit: I see I'm not the first to dig up Brian's old post.
I guess I'll have to bring out the fucking Noid now.
SO how much longer do we expect Hungry Howies to be Michigan Basketball Sponsor?
Hopefully a long time. I haven't ever found a fast-food-ish pizza that I like as much as a pepperoni pizza with butter cheese crust from Hungry Howie's.
Wikipedia says he was a backup QB under Bo but that article says he was a defensive end. Was he both?
Who wants some freeeee pizzzzzzaaaaaaa?
I remember all of Brian's articles, both saying Brandon was anti-RR and pro-RR, but I remember a conversation I had with a friend of mine back in December or November, after Martin's retirement came out. Basically, said person had close connection with Dave and said that Brandon is not anti-RR, but rather, that Rodriguez will be kept on a very short leash.
Now, take that for what it is worth, being that it is only one person's stance.
on the "Neon Yellow" +1. On the other hand, our "maize" looks different from one photo to the next. I have to admit I haven't seen our team in person since 1969. Assuming what I see (bright yellow) on TV is close to what is actually there, when did we abandon wearing our actual school colors in favor of this washed-out looking happy-face yellow? I'll stop now before I sound like a hater.
Maize - like its name indicates - is the color of corn. Corn is yellow. Maize is NOT that dirty yellow-orange color people seem to think it is. We've never worn that color in our uniforms.
But I think that vagaries of color processing can still be filtered for. (Uniform materials may also affect color.) There is no way to settle this here, although there is plenty of documentary evidence on YouTube about historic Michigan football. FWIW:
Apparently he is an active hands-on manager and keeps a blog accessible to his underlings:
"David keeps a blog, titled "Dave's Blog," which is accessible only to Domino's Pizza franchisees and corporate store managers. In his blog he talks about topics, like his personal unannounced visits to stores and the price of cheese."
Some like sailing, some the price of cheese.
Language NSFW in places:
Tom Monaghan bought the Detroit Tigers in 1983. In 1984 the Tigers won the World Series. That should give those touting a National Championship in 2011 something to tout about. Unfortunately, the World Series victory wasn't repeated. We should expect a new Athletic Director from the Little Caesar's camp in 2019.
The appointment should also provide blogfodder regarding covert Knights of Malta connections.
Bo talked very highly of Brandon's work ethic in his last book and had high praise for him. IMO I would think that a "Michigan Man" will be running this team before too long.....can anyone say Mr. Harbaugh?
I'm sure Brandon will give RR at least a few more season to turn this team around. In some respect RR personality is more like that of Bo's than LC was. Brandon and RR may turnout to make a good team much like Don and Bo!