ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan athletic director Tom Goss is expected to resign as early as Tuesday, ending a rocky 29-month tenure, according to two newspaper reports.
Detroit television station WKBD reported late Monday that Goss had submitted his resignation earlier that day, though school officials said they could not comment.
On Sunday, The Ann Arbor News cited unnamed sources as saying that Goss would be fired Tuesday if he didn't resign.
Goss, who last week rejected as rumors reports that his resignation was imminent, did not immediately return a message left Monday night at his home.
Bruce Madej, the school's sports information director, and Julie Peterson, the university's spokeswoman, said they had no details about the matter.
''I can't even tell you no comment, because I don't know,'' Madej said before directing questions to Lee Bollinger, the school's president who Madej said was out of town.
Bollinger, who hired Goss in 1997, could not be reached late Monday.
The Detroit News reported in Tuesday's editions that Goss' departure comes after he angered Bollinger by not telling him of an NCAA probe of the eligibility of Wolverines freshman basketball player Jamal Crawford.
The NCAA last week suspended Crawford, the team's leading scorer, for six games for his living arrangements while in high school.
The Free Press reported that Goss and Bollinger are expected will appear together to discuss Goss' departure, though it was not clear when that would take place.
The Detroit News reported that Bollinger learned of the Crawford investigation on television while watching a basketball game between the Wolverines and in-state rival Michigan State while Bollinger was in Washington D.C.
Within hours, the News said, Bollinger formed a crisis team that included Provost Nancy Cantor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Robert Kasdin and Lisa Tedesco, a university vice president whose job is to alert Bollinger and the regents to any impending negative publicity.
Their efforts quickly focused on Goss' handling of the Crawford case, the News reported. After two days of fact-checking, they recommended Thursday that Bollinger ask Goss to resign.
Goss also has been criticized by some of the university's regents for a budget deficit last year. He was placed under close scrutiny by the administration after a $2.8 million budget deficit was revealed last June, sources have said.
Last Friday, Goss called reports that his departure was near ''a rumor'' started about a year ago.
''You see me in this chair? That's where I am. I'm in the chair,'' said Goss. ''Yes, I will be here a month from now.''
Last weekend, the Ann Arbor newspaper reported sources as saying Bollinger would likely not pick a permanent replacement until near the end of the school year in May and that the next athletic director would not necessarily have strong ties to the university.
When hired at Michigan to succeed Joe Roberson, who retired, Goss became the Big Ten Conference's highest-paid athletic director with his initial salary of $220,000. In April 1998, Bollinger boosted Goss' to $275,000.
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