David Brandon not afraid to fire anyone (video)

Submitted by rbgoblue on March 9th, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Fox Business Interview with David Brandon. Sorry about the ugly embedding, if you prefer, just use the LINK. FYI, the guy hosting the interview acts like a total dick. The interesting stuff comes at about the 4:40 mark. Brandon remained composed throughout the entire thing. This guy is gonna be an amazing asset for the university.



March 9th, 2010 at 12:57 PM ^

The douche bag of a host is apparently Eric Bolling. The guy comes off as a total dick, at least in this interview. His wiki page says that he is a Duke graduate and had a short minor league career playing baseball. One would think that someone familiar with sports would have been a little more informed or understanding of the role of an athletic director. It was pretty clear he had an agenda to get some specific answers out of Brandon, and Brandon didn't give him shit.


March 9th, 2010 at 1:13 PM ^

I don't really mind the questions in this case. Bolling is generally pretty tough on all of the people he interviews, so it's not like Brandon was being singled out here. I doubt the Fox Business Network has an ongoing agenda against the football program like other media outlets do.


March 9th, 2010 at 1:06 PM ^

I also love the immediate update once Brandon declares Michigan is not a brief stop. "Brandon chooses Alma Mater over Career in Politics".

So dramatic.


March 9th, 2010 at 1:08 PM ^

at the end: "You will make a great Congressman someday". What a dick. Who is going to answer the question of are you going to fire the coach. It is his first official day on the job for crying out load. Even if it was his 3rd year on the job, he is not going to tell some douche bag interviewer that he plans to fire the head coach.

Speed Kills

March 9th, 2010 at 1:15 PM ^

So the lame-o host assumes if you know how to deflect sideways questioning you *must* be destined for politics. Any executive with that, or similar, experience running a publicly traded global brand would slalom that douechebaggery of questioning. Brandon (Bandon to his close friends) is here for the long haul, b/c if the situation were to arise, he's got the cojones to make the right, winning moves.

Mitch Cumstein

March 9th, 2010 at 1:19 PM ^

I don't think they have many athletically related guests on the show. That guy was just a political talking head. Really didn't know shit, if its true he played ball at Duke you'd think he would know a little more about athletics. Oh well. But Brandon did really well.

Tim Waymen

March 9th, 2010 at 1:21 PM ^

David Brandon with his awesome Michigan accent FTW.

My god, did Mr. Brandon handle that stupid question well. I get that the interviewer was trying to kid around with DB, but he kind of started to get impatient and kind of act like a dick when DB started giving him good answers. But honestly, I think the interviewer was very excited about being able to talk with the head of a major college athletic program--I know I would--but he's an amateur with poor manners.


March 9th, 2010 at 3:52 PM ^

the guy lost his nerve and bailed right after the bad attempt to be FOX-news like w. the firing question. Brandon's answer was the obvious one: you don't fire the division head if it's not his fault the division is under-performing.

Despite this, I'm depressed. I was convinced RR had two years, and was gonna need them. Some of Brandon's other comments suggest it's this year or he's gone. I stare and stare at our schedule and hard to see us getting more than 6-7 wins; hope that's enough.


March 9th, 2010 at 2:05 PM ^

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! An interviewer asked "the" question of our new AD!! Call out the troops!!! Everyone is out to get us!!!!

After nearly 5 minutes of a 6 minute interview he asked "the" question - are you going to fire RR (to paraphrase). He framed it from a business perspective. And guess what - he is part of a business show, not a sports show. Everything until that point was neutral if not sycophantic. As was everything after "the" question. I fail to see what the problem was.

Stop being so hypersensitive.