Report: Michigan agrees to contract extension with AD Warde Manuel
The University of Michigan and athletic director Warde Manuel have reportedly agreed to terms of a contract extension. MLive.com reported on the news on Monday morning.
Manuel’s contract was set to expire on March 14, 2021, which required the university to create a new contract for the AD. Details regarding the extension were not provided in the initial report, but it is expected to be a multi-year deal to keep Manuel in Ann Arbor.
Manuel has been the athletic director at Michigan since 2016, when he took over for Jim Hackett. He most recently signed Jim Harbaugh to a four-year contract extension to keep the head coach in charge of the football program.
The biggest hire Manuel has made in his tenure with the Wolverines was replacing former head basketball coach John Beilein with Michigan alum and Fab Five member Juwan Howard. Beilein left for the NBA following the 2018-19 college basketball season (he has since resigned), but Howard has done a terrific jon in his first two years as the leader.
Michigan currently sits at 9-1 in the B1G, leading the conference standings. The Wolverines are also ranked No. 3 nationally and are currently considered a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
The University of Michigan Board of Regents are expected to meet later this week and Manuel’s contract will likely be approved. More details are expected to be revealed soon.