Kentwood, MI (WZZM) - What a surprise!
That's what a former teammate says about west Michigan businessman Jim Hackett becoming interim athletic director at the University of Michigan.
"I was very surprised," says Greg Denboer.
Denboer and former Steelcase chairman Jim Hackett were Wolverine football players in the 1970's.
Hackett didn't play much but Denboer was the tight end on several Big Ten championship teams.
Because of recent problems in the football program he suspected Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon would resign. But he says the appointment of Jim Hackett came out of the blue.
"I didn't know about Jim until I watched him on camera," he says.
Hackett has no experience as an athletic director, but he led Steelcase for 20 years until his retirement in 2013.