Report: Michigan to hire ex-Harbaugh teammate Warde Manuel as AD

Warde Manuel played football at Michigan with Jim Harbaugh. (USATSI)

Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett led the Wolverines out of a rocky period for its football program with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh, but his plan was always to remain in the office only until a new full-time athletic director was chosen.

According to the Detroit Free Press and longtime scribe Mark Blaudschun, now of, that person will be UConn athletic director Warde Manuel. “Contract details are still being finalized,” according to the Free Press, but an announcement could come as soon as this week.

Manuel, 47, is a former Michigan football player who was teammates with Harbaugh on the Wolverines in 1986. He also spent time in the school’s athletic department as an administrator and has been the athletic director at UConn since 2012.


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