Michigan official Jim Minick suspended after weekend arrest

Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Michigan director of football operations Jim Minick was suspended indefinitely by the program on Wednesday after a weekend arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh announced Minick's suspension in a statement released Wednesday evening. Minick's arrest was first reported by Fox Detroit earlier in the afternoon.

"Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated," Harbaugh said in the statement. "Jim makes no excuses, regrets this decision and understands the consequences for his actions. Due to the serious nature of this event, Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely and we ask for your understanding while we address the situation."

Minick was hired by Harbaugh shortly after Harbaugh was hired as Michigan's head coach in late December. The two are long-time friends and Minick recently retired from the Marines.

Minick was arrested in Pittsfield Township on Saturday at about 2:30 a.m. Police told Fox Detroit they were called to the scene after a report of a single-car crash. Minick told them that another car swerved into his lane and that he crashed his 2015 GMC Yukon while trying to avoid it. Minick told police the other car drove off.

Minick had not been charged as of Wednesday night. Police told Fox Detroit toxicology results could take up to another week to be returned.

"I'm not going to make any excuses," Minick said in a statement to Fox Detroit. "I'll face the consequences of my actions. I regret the difficult position in which this has put my family and my employer."

Minick and Harbaugh were driving together in March when they helped two people who were injured in a car crash in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Mike Fiammetta

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