It appears that the University of Michigan has found their 12th athletic director in the school’s intercollegiate athletics 150-year history.
Manuel, a former defensive end in the late 1980s during the ‘Bo Schembechler’ era and had the title of assistant AD in 1989 and was the associate AD in 2000. Prior to being hired by UConn in 2012, Manuel held the same role at the University of Buffalo from 2005-2012.
At all of his stops, he largely oversaw the program’s football and basketball programs. When he was at Buffalo, he hired head coach Turner Gill, who led the Bulls to their first winning season and bowl game appearance. When he left for Storrs, CT, his first order of business was hiring Kevin Ollie to coach the basketball team. All he did was bring home the national title back to the UConn.
Manuel will fill the void left by Dave Brandon, who resigned in October of 2014. Jim Hackett has been the interim athletic director since then.