ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- New Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has had a busy few weeks of meeting with the athletic programs around campus, donors and also making the rounds with the media as well.
Featured on 1050 WTKA on Friday, Manuel was asked a myriad of questions surrounding the program. Naturally, the football program was brought up. The football program boasts some excellent facilities for the student athletes to work but it is clear the weight room will need some upgrades. According to former athletic director Jim Hackett, him and head coach Jim Harbaugh have been conducting fundraising efforts to raise money for needed renovations for the weight room.
According to Manuel, the fundraising efforts are continuing but now have a general timeline of the project completion.
"It is on the agenda and it's something that's needed to, particularly with the differences now in the way we train across the board, weight rooms and the size and what you can do in them is important," Manuel said. "So yes it is something that we continue to raise money on and we're looking at. Hopefully in the next couple of months we'll have more fine-tuned designs, estimates and cost estimates. That's a project I'd like to see completed in the next couple of years."
As far as the other facilities with the rest of the programs, Manuel says that some other programs are currently receiving renovations that will be completed in the coming months.
These renovations, he says, are very positive for the athletic department.
"I think what has been done in the past 10 years to change and improve the facilities for our programs has just been very positive from my perspective," Manuel said. "We have everything that we need to continue the success and the growth of the programs to help the student athletes not in the classroom and prepare there and also to prepare in the field of play to win. We have some new facilities that are being erected down on South Campus on State Street that, within the next 18-24 months, should be completed. That work is in progress now."