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According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan will hire a search firm in hopes of quickly naming the next permanent athletic director.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan will hire a search firm in hopes of quickly naming the next permanent athletic director.

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press Tuesday afternoon Michigan plans to hire a permanent athletic director -- and soon.

Interim athletic director Jim Hackett is not expected to be a candidate for the full time position, the report says, and the decision could come in less than a month.

The Free Press also notes Hackett will remain in his current position until the hire becomes official, and the University will announce the hiring of Diversified Search this week, a search firm geared toward spearheading the hire.

Hackett was appointed as interim athletic director by school President Mark Schlissel on Oct. 31, 2014, following the resignation of Dave Brandon.

In his a little over a year of service Hackett has wowed Michigan fans with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh last December and integral in announcing the switch back to Nike beginning in 2016, bringing stability to an athletic department in turmoil under Brandon's watch.

Largely staying out of the spotlight, Hackett was asked several times if he'd like to remain as the permanent athletic director, showing no interest in such a title.

Mlive's Nick Baumgardner reached out to Michigan and Hackett for comment on the reports, neither making themselves available to offer anything on the record.


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