ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan has hired Warde Manuel to be its athletic director under a five-year deal announced Friday.

Manuel had been Connecticut's athletic director for nearly four years. He returns to his alma mater a year after Jim Harbaugh came back to campus to lead the football program.

Like Harbaugh, the 47-year-old Manuel played football at Michigan under the legendary Bo Schembechler.

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Jim Hackett had served as Michigan's athletic director since Oct. 31, 2014, when he came out of retirement after Dave Brandon resigned. Hackett was never interested in the full-time job.