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Michigan starts fresh by dumping AD Dave Brandon

This was a rough day for football fans in places like Columbus, Ohio, and East Lansing, Mich.

The man who helped run Michigan football into the ground got stripped of his powers Friday, giving a once-mighty program a fresh start. Once Brady Hoke follows Dave Brandon out the door, the Wolverines will have a chance to re-establish themselves as an upper-echelon Big Ten program.

Brandon thought it wise to charge students $295 per season to attend the games. He thought fans wanted a spectacle of flyovers and fireworks and piped-in music at Michigan Stadium. He thought Hoke was the right man for the job after going a combined 47-50 at Ball State and San Diego State. He thought it...