Mel Pearson ‘lied repeatedly’ in Michigan hockey investigation, report says
ANN ARBOR, MI - University of Michigan hockey head coach Mel Pearson lied to investigators repeatedly during the WilmerHale investigation into his program, according to a leak of the report from UM author and historian John U. Bacon. Pearson has been under fire since last fall after a complaint was filed against him, former director of hockey operations Rick Bancroft about multiple allegations into his program. Those allegations included:Head coach Mel Pearson “instructing students to lie on their COVID-19 tracing forms” ahead of the 2021 NCAA Tournament opener in North Dakota. Pearson and Bancroft discriminating against female staffers and “creating a toxic work environment for female support staff.”Pearson retaliating against a student athlete for “raising concerns” about the hockey team’s culture. Read more from MLive:Michigan hockey assistant linked to toxic, discriminatory climate retiresLaw firm investigates Michigan hockey over allegations of COVID deception, toxic environmentmlive.com
Here’s what people are saying about the University of Michigan’s new president
ANN ARBOR, MI - Glowing reviews of a new university president can come from anyone, said University of Michigan historian and author John U. Bacon. But the hire of Santa Ono may be “better than most,” he wrote on Twitter, acknowledging that Ono’s experience as president of the University of British Columbia and University of Cincinnati are big assets.mlive.com
New Book “Let Them Lead” Explores Lessons in Leadership from America’s Worst High School Hockey Team
How did a former high school hockey player, who never scored a goal, end up coaching that same team and leading them into national recognition? That’s the story laid out in John U. Bacon’s latest book titled, “Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America’s Worst High School Hockey Team.” In it, Bacon recounts his journey from playing hockey to coaching it, and explores how uplifting leadership practices drawn from his own experience ended up transforming the nation’s worst high school hockey team into one of the best. Listen: John U. Bacon on what he learned about leadership by coaching one of the nation’s worst high school hockey teams. His latest book is titled “Let Them Lead: Unexpected Lessons in Leadership from America’s Worst High School Hockey Team.” In recalling his time playing as a forward for Ann Arbor Huron High School River Rats hockey team, Bacon says he didn’t score a single goal. “I never got mad about a loss … not that we had many toward the end … I got mad about effort and lack of team spirit,” he says.wdet.org
Michigan, Jim Harbaugh reportedly discussing a contract extension
Michigan is reportedly discussing a contract extension with Jim Harbaugh that would keep him in Ann Arbor beyond 2021. “Harbaugh can now accept, negotiate, or decline,” Bacon wrote on Twitter. Report: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh eyes NFL returnThe timing here is curious, because Harbaugh said he and Manuel had discussed a contract extension in the spring, only for it to be tabled due to the pandemic. They are 2-4 through six games, with lopsided losses to Indiana and Wisconsin, a soul-crushing defeat to Michigan State and, most recently, a 10-point loss to a previously winless Penn State team. Harbaugh is in Year 6 and failed to bring home a Big Ten championship or College Football Playoff berth.mlive.com
University Musical Society kicks-off season with virtual and in-person events
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University Music Society at the University of Michigan has kicked-off its 142nd season with a lineup of digital presentations, a virtual book launch and outdoor movement workshops. While many live concert events have been postponed or altered into digital performances due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UMS has continued to provide programming for the community. The digital premiere will be at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 but will be on-demand through the UMS website until Sept. 30. Sept. 12 & Sept. 26Two outside movement workshops will be offered by the UMSs popular You Can Dance series. Due to Michigan public safety guidelines, the UMS has translated its concert with the Takcs Quartet into a free digital performance.
Retired UMS president writes memoir of performing arts impact on Michigan communities
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Community engagement and artistic growth are the subject of a new memoir by University Musical Society president emeritus Ken Fischer. In the recently released memoir, Everybody In, Nobody Out: Inspiring Community at Michigans University Musical Society, Fischer reflects on 30 years of leading UMS and his work to diversify and expand programming. During his tenure as UMS president, Fischers efforts saw the building of UMS engagement with the surrounding communities and the University of Michigan, which made the musical society a model for performances, talent and community enrichment. Under Fischers tenure, the UMS received a 2014 National Medal of Arts, the nations highest public artistic honor. Celebrating its 142nd season, UMS is one of the oldest arts presenters in the United States having started in 1879.