Tom Goss (American football)

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Tom Goss
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1946-07-06) July 6, 1946 (age 72)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Playing career
1965–1968 Michigan
Position(s) Defensive tackle
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1997–2000 Michigan

Thomas A. Goss (born July 6, 1946) is a former American football player and college athletics administrator. He served as the athletic director at the University of Michigan from 1997 to 2000.

Goss was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1946. He attended Austin High School in Knoxville. In 1964, he enrolled at the University of Michigan. Goss was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. - Sigma Chapter in 1966. He played for the Michigan Wolverines football team as a defensive lineman from 1965 to 1968. He was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten Conference defensive tackle in 1968. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 1968.

From 1969 to 1997, Goss was employed in business with various companies, including Procter & Gamble, R. J. Reynolds Industries, Del Monte Foods, Faygo, National Beverage, and PIA Merchandising.

In September 1997, Goss became the athletic director at the University of Michigan.[1] Goss took over as athletic director amid the University of Michigan basketball scandal. One month after taking over as athletic director, Goss fired the school's head basketball coach, Steve Fisher, for his involvement in violations relating to the scandal. Michigan's athletic department ran a deficit in 1999, and Goss came under criticism for his management of the department. In February 2000, Goss announced his resignation.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Heather Kamins (September 3, 1997). "Goss to be named athletic director". The Michigan Daily.
  2. ^ "Michigan AD Goss Resigns". CBS News. February 8, 2000.
  3. ^ Jacquelyn Nixon (October 2, 2001). "Goss wasn't answer to athletic woes". The Michigan Daily.
  4. ^ "Goss defends his record at Michigan: Bollinger gives no reason for asking his AD to resign". The Detroit News. February 9, 2000.