Manuel sees need to expand Michigan football weight room – Detroit Free Press

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When Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel arrived in mid-March, his plan was to survey the athletic department landscape.

He already sees one area that needs help at U-M: The football team’s weight room.

“Based on today’s standards and the things that you’re doing to create more space to train our student athletes,” he said in a Free Press interview last week.

U-M football coach Jim Harbaugh and former interim athletic director Jim Hackett were scheduled to take a fundraising trip to meet with donors in early February to raise money for the project.

The weight room was refurbished for $1 million when Rich Rodriguez took over in 2008, but no major changes have occurred since, other than the signage and the equipment changing when a new strength staff arrived.

Manuel hadn’t seen the weight room in awhile and saw the need for more space to be created “based on training methodology now.

“It means probably an addition … to Schembechler Hall,” Manuel said.

The sports performance aspect has been on Harbaugh’s mind and Manuel sees possibilities for expansion there as well.

“By the time you do that, then you’re create some other space and some other areas that will impact particularly sports performance, nutrition, training,” Manuel said.

Harbaugh said after February’s “Signing of the Stars” event that he had broached the idea with Tom Brady about expanding Brady’s TB12 sports therapy center, opened two years ago, to Ann Arbor.

Currently, it is in Foxborough, Mass., where Brady’s day job is located with the New England Patriots.

“Tom Brady is very important to us and, if he has some ideas conceptually that will be able to help us and move us forward and help our student-athletes, then I’m definitely going to have that conversation with him,” Manuel said. “And we have that conversation with many others to find out if there’s a way to provide to our students the things that they need to be successful. So we’ll continue to do that.”

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