In light of what appears imminent, it seems appropriate to consider who may be considered (perhaps already chosen?) as the next athletic director. It's my belief, that only someone very familiar with Michigan will be chosen. Furthermore, it will most certainly be someone with athletic director experience -- I think the Prez and the Regents have seen their fill of marketing gurus and businessmen. With that in mind:
Your Inside the Tracks Candidates:
Brad Bates: Bo nominated him as the next Michigan AD. Has the requisite experience at Michigan, and as an AD at BC. Likely that Bates is choice 1 or 1A.
Ward Manuel: As with Bates, has a great deal of experience with Michigan, and as AD at Buffalo and UConn.
Jeff Long: A good history within the Michigan athletic department, and understands it well. Currently the AD at Arkansas. Has hired Petrino and Bielema. To me, he would appear the favorite.
Bob DeCarolis: Spent a long time in the Michigan athletic department and is presently at Oregon State as AD. He hired Mike Riley, who has done well.
Your Outside the Tracks Candidates:
I don't think there are any likely candidates than those identified in the first section. It seems extraordinarily unlikely that an assistant would be tapped, as it Brandon's successor will need to carry enough experience, expertise, and weight to have those in the department follow his lead. No sense in hiring someone who has what may be a superior already at the department.
Joe Parker: Assistant AD TTU.
Mike DeBord: You know his background. Presently serving as assistant athletic director at Michigan.