Michigan ends relationship with former USA gym exec Faehn

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has ended its relationship with former USA gymnastics executive Rhonda Faehn, three days after she agreed to work as a coaching consultant for the women’s team.

Athletic director Warde Manuel released a statement Sunday, saying: “I have come to the conclusion that it is not in the best interest of the University of Michigan and our athletic program to continue the consulting contract with Rhonda Faehn. It was the wrong decision, and I apologize. Our student-athletes are our highest priority and I want to do everything in my power to support them fully and put the focus back on their athletic performance.”

USA Gymnastics parted ways with Faehn as senior vice president in May after she was criticized by victims of Larry Nassar, the former national team doctor serving decades in prison for abusing athletes.

Faehn was with the Wolverines for a meet at Alabama on Friday.

On Saturday, Manuel said he supported the hiring recommendation made by gymnastics coach Bev Plocki after reviewing her role with USA Gymnastics and her coaching career.