The current state of football at the University of Michigan is as follows:
- 5-5 record, 1-5 in the Big Ten.
- After starting 4-0, the Wolverines have dropped 5 of their last 6. Including 5 straight Big Ten losses.
- Their head coach’s status for next season is up in the air.
With these facts in hand, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Big House is filled with frustrated fans and alumni.
The frustration has also bubbled up in outgoing athletic director, Bill Martin. But it’s unclear whether Martin’s frustration stems from Michigan’s play on the field or students not knowing who the heck he is.
The following tales seem to vouch for the latter.
Michigan student Jackie Turner says she told [Bill] Martin he needed a pass to enter the regents guest area of the press box Sept. 12 during a game against Notre Dame. She said he pushed her shoulder and walked past her.
“Honey, I am the athletic director,” Turner quoted him as saying, according to a university report on the incident.
Not sure if we need to be questioning his behavior or his use of the word, “Honey” (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).
On Oct. 17, Eastern Michigan student Arif Khan said he told Martin and a female companion they needed passes to enter the regents guest area after a game against Delaware State. Khan said Martin grabbed his jacket.
“I am the athletic director, I can go in,” Khan quoted Martin as telling him.
Unfortunately, Martin is retiring. So we will never get to see Martin get so frustrated that he power-bombs a student. Yeah, it really does suck.
He does leave us with his views on being the athletic director at Michigan.
“Being the Michigan AD is not just a job, it’s a way of life and one I have embraced full force,” Martin wrote in the letter made public Oct. 21.
Indeed, Bill. And we’re ever so grateful that you truly embraced it with full force. Literally.
Outgoing Michigan AD apologizes for pushing students (CBS Sports)