Report: Michigan to hire Brandon as AD

Updated: January 4, 2010, 11:45 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Michigan is expected to name Dave Brandon as its new athletics director Tuesday, according to a report in The Detroit News.

Brandon, a former Wolverines football player and the chairman and CEO of Domino's Pizza, was long considered the leading candidate to replace the retiring Bill Martin. Martin will officially retire Sept. 4, the day the school dedicates the renovated Michigan Stadium and opens the football season against Connecticut.

Brandon served as a university regent from 1998-2006 and has taken an active role in Michigan athletics, including fundraising efforts. The 57-year-old played defensive line for Bo Schembechler and graduated from Michigan in 1973.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.