U-M Director of Football Operations suspended after arrest on suspicion of DUI

The director of football operations for the University of Michigan football team has been suspended.

UPDATE: 7 p.m.: Jim Minick has been suspended indefinitely from his duties as the University of Michigan's director of football operations, the university announced Wednesday evening.

He arrested for DUI in Pittsfield Twp. Saturday morning around 2:30. Police say he was arrested at Airport Blvd. and State Street.

Jim Harbaugh released a statement Wednesday night:

"Jim Minick made a regrettable decision last week and was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. 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."

Police said they were called to the intersection on a report of a single-car crash. According to police, Minick told them that another car went into his lane and he swerved to avoid it and crashed into a ditch. He told police the other car drove off and did not hit his 2015 GMC Yukon.

Police said they believed Minick had been drinking and they asked him to take a breathalyzer. He refused and police said they drew blood and arrested him. He has not been charged and police say it will take up to another week to get toxicology results back.On Wednesday, Minick released this statement to FOX 2:

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

The Athletic Department also released a statement:

"Jim made us aware of the situation and he has taken responsibility for his actions. The athletic department understands the serious nature of this situation. We are still learning details and will let the process move forward."

The vehicle was towed from the scene and Minick was not injured. 

The 50-year-old Minick named to his post by new football coach Jim Harbaugh in January. Minick is a retired Marine Col. and a lifelong friend of Harbaugh. 

Minick and Harbaugh helped accident victims on I-94 in Ann Arbor this past March.

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