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University of Michigan says school president wasn't drinking alcohol before speech at game


University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman speaks during a press conference to announce the "Victors for Michigan" fundraising campaign at Hill Auditorium on Thursday, Mov. 7, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The campaign, with an ambitious fundraising goal of $4 billion, is the sixth such effort undertaken by the university since 1948 . (AP Photo/, Melanie Maxwell) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT (The Associated Press)

The University of Michigan has issued a statement saying school President Mary Sue Coleman had not been drinking alcohol before making remarks at halftime of the football game against Nebraska.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said in a statement Monday morning that the awkward audio was a result of Coleman attempting to slow down her speech because of the significant feedback she was hearing from Michigan Stadium's public-address system.

Coleman was honored at halftime of Saturday's game because she is planning to retire in July.

The spokesman says Coleman didn't have experience using the wireless microphone provided to her and significant wind led to the sound being distorted, delayed and reverberated.

Fitzgerald says Coleman attended non-alcoholic events before the game and hosted one during the game.