from Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News,
Mel Pearson, Michigan's hockey coach the last five seasons, will not have his contract extended and has been relieved of his position.
The move was first reported by journalist John Bacon and confirmed by The Detroit News on Friday. This comes just days following the revelation of allegations made against Pearson and “cultural issues” identified in the program that “require attention” in a 70-page report from Washington D.C.-based WilmerHale law firm. The report, obtained Tuesday by The Detroit News, was given to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel on May 5.
Pearson’s original five-year contract expired at the end of April, just more than three weeks after he had taken his team to the NCAA Frozen Four. Pearson, 63, has been the head coach of Michigan’s hockey program since 2017, taking the program to two Frozen Four appearances, and continued to work the last three months in this role despite not having a new contract.