Editors Note: The following statement was released by Athletic Director Bill Martin on March 13.
Brian took over this team in the midst of some trying times, and we all realize the challenges he has faced. I considered this during my evaluation of the team. In the end, my decision was based on the fact that I did not see the improvement in the program over the past four years that I hoped for and that I believe is possible. I believe it is in the best interests of our student-athletes and the basketball program as a whole to have new leadership at this time.
Despite this painful decision, I am very grateful to Brian for all the hard work he has invested in the team over the past four years. He has had a tough challenge, particularly under the intense public scrutiny that comes with being a Michigan coach. He is an outstanding person and has handled these pressures with grace and dignity. I am confident that Brian will find a coaching environment that fits his strengths and within which he can be successful.
I will begin a search for a new head coach of the University of Michigan basketball team immediately. I will create a small advisory committee composed of former and current players and U-M staff to help me evaluate potential candidates. I want all the student-athletes on the team to know that we want each and every one of them to continue both their athletic and academic careers here at Michigan.