Michigan has unveiled a Football Student Advisory Panel of 20 students to give suggestions on how to improve the student experience for football games and boost atttendance.
"We took a step back, looked at our relationship with the students and -- as you know -- it wasn't great last year," said Hunter Lochmann, the athletic department's chief marketing officer. "We're working with the Central Student Government and in constant communication (with them), and this really helped us get that student voice in there. But we realized, 'it's great we're working with the (CSG), but let's also get more student voices in there. "What better than to take 20 of our existing student season ticket holders (and hear their voice)."
In an effort to fix the issue, the new council will feature four freshmen season ticket holders, four sophomores, four juniors, four seniors and four graduate students. Any student holding a season ticket can apply to be a part of the council, until the deadline of Aug. 8. From there, Michigan's athletic department will do its best to select a 20-person group that achieves "a cross section that mimics what the makeup of the base is -- four from each class, males and females, differing attendance rates."
I might ask why you wouldn't want imput from those who are not attending, but it is a step in the right direction.