AAC tabs Draper to oversee football
Former Michigan football administrator Scott Draper, who left the Wolverines program after receiving a letter of reprimand from the NCAA, has been named the American Athletic Conference's associate commissioner for football.
Draper has spent the last three years as an associate AD at Division III Albion (Mich.) College. He'll be the American's primary football administrator and contact for scheduling, officiating, operations and bowl relationships, the league announced.
"He brings two decades of high-level administrative experience and expertise to this important role in our conference," American commissioner Mike Aresco said in a conference news release.
"Most notably, Scott spent nearly 15 years in various administrative and operational roles at one of the premier programs in college football."
That tenure ended in the wake of an NCAA probe into Michigan's football program during the Rich Rodriguez era. The school admitted to four major violations including excessive practice hours and staffing mistakes. It also acknowledged a former aide lied to investigators.
Draper, then UM's assistant AD of football operations, was among seven employees who received a letter of reprimand. In brighter days at UM, he served on the staff of four Big Ten championship teams and was a graduate assistant on the Wolverines' 1997 national title squad.
"The thing that stands out about Scott is that he's paid his dues," former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr said in the release.
"He came to us as a student assistant, went on to become a graduate assistant, became our director of football operations, and then an assistant athletic director."