Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, the largest donor to Michigan athletics, told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that he will not stand in the way of the university firing Dave Brandon if it chooses to go in that direction.
“I don’t think alumni should control universities,” Ross told the paper. “We have a great president and he is running the university and not me.”
Brandon has been under fire since he admitted the school did not handle an injury situation with quarterback Shane Morris well. Morris suffered a head injury against Minnesota and was not only allowed to stay in the game for one more play before being removed, he was then reinserted into the game after backup Devin Gardner lost his helmet and needed to come out for a play.
Ross has been one of Brandon’s biggest supporters, but he’s seemingly in a minority when it comes to that.
Ross told the Wall Street Journal that Schlissel has “been talking to a lot of people” about Brandon and “has not come to a hasty conclusion.” Ross said he didn’t think Schlissel had come to a decision about Brandon’s fate and that if he had, “he has not told anyone.”
Ross did note that he didn’t think Brandon’s job status should be based on the struggles of the football team, which is now 3-5.
“There’s a lot more to the job than winning football games,” Ross said. “That’s the coach’s responsibility.”
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