Michigan begins search to replace interim AD Jim Hackett

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has begun to search for someone to replace interim athletic director Jim Hackett.

The school announced Wednesday it has formed an advisory committee and hired a search firm to begin looking for candidates.

Hackett will serve as athletic director until his successor is in place. He was hired Oct. 31, 2014, to replace Dave Brandon after he resigned. Hackett’s biggest achievement was hiring football coach Jim Harbaugh. He retired in February 2014, from Steelcase, a Michigan-based business that makes office furniture.

Possible candidates, all of whom are athletic directors with ties to Michigan, include Arkansas’ Jeff Long, Connecticut’s Warde Manuel, Boston College’s Brad Bates and Colorado State’s Joe Parker.

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