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Michigan staffers Jim Minick, Biff Poggi leaving program for other jobs

June 18, 2017

ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh’s football program is going through some turnover on the administrative level this offseason. 

Harbaugh confirmed Saturday that associate athletic director for football Jim Minick is no longer with the program. 

Minick, per Harbaugh, opted to leave his position after two-plus years to take a job with the military. Minick, a childhood friend of Harbaugh’s, was the head coach’s first official hire after Harbaugh took the job in late 2014. 

One of Harbaugh’s most trusted advisors, Minick — referred to as “The Colonel” by players and staffers — came to Michigan in 2015 after a long military career with the Marines. 

He was great (here),” Harbaugh said. “When we were building the foundation (of the program)he did a tremendous job. And he did a lot of jobs. did them very well and has put us in a very good position going forward.”

“He did them very well.” 

Typically, an associate athletic director for football works with the athletic department’s administration on a variety of topics, often speaking and working on behalf of the head coach. 

Minick’s time at Michigan wasn’t all positive, though, as he was suspended by the athletic department after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving back in May of 2015. After posting a blood alcohol level of .185, Minick eventually pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and received eight months of probation. He was suspended from his post that summer and offered his resignation, though then interim athletic director Jim Hackett refused to accept it — allowing him to eventually return. 

Poggi, meanwhile, has already left his post as the program’s special advisor/associate head coach. The father of Michigan fullback Henry Poggi is returning to Baltimore to take over as head coach at St. Frances Academy. 

Poggi left his job as the head coach at Gilman in Baltimore after nearly 20 years at the school. 

Harbaugh said both vacant positions will likely be filled with in-house hires. 

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