It looks like the tenure of Jim Hackett, who has served as Michigan's Interim AD since Halloween 2014, is coming to a close. According to a report from Mark Snyder of The Detroit Free Press, Hackett will not be named the permanent AD in Ann Arbor, and the search for his replacement will intensify in the coming weeks.
The University of Michigan is expected to ramp up its search for a permanent athletic director this week, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told the Detroit Free Press. The permanent athletic director is not expected to be interim athletic director Jim Hackett, sources said.
Sources told the Free Press a search committee likely will be announced this week. The timeline for hiring U-M's next AD is unclear, but multiple sources said Hackett will step aside after the hire has been made, perhaps this month.
Hackett, a 1977 Michigan graduate and former offensive lineman for the Wolverines, has been well-regarded for what he's accomplished since taking over for Dave Brandon last October.
Most notably, he fired Brady Hoke and hired Jim Harbaugh as the school's football coach, and was instrumental in brokering what was at the time a record-setting deal between Michigan and Nike.
Given Michigan's rich athletics tradition and seemingly bright future, expect this job to attract a glut of qualified candidates.