Univ. of Michigan Official’s Jet Visits Baton Rouge

Earlier today a Lear Jet featuring a University of Michigan-themed paint job was spotted at the Baton Rouge metro airport - just a few miles from LSU’s campus.

Richard Rogel's Michigan Jet in Baton Rouge today

The jet is personally owned by Richard H. Rogel, a wealthy “independent investor” and high-ranking official at the University of Michigan who in 2004 personally donated $22 millon to the school. Rogel is also the former president of the University of Michigan’s Alumni Association and served as Chair of a University of Michigan fundraising initiative that raised over $3 billion.

Along with Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and Mets Owner Fred Wilpon, Rogel is also a member of the school’s “Director’s Cabinet in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The plane, with the tail number N929SR, was also spotted in West Virginia last March as former Univ. of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez utilized the jet to visit family.

So why is it significant that Rogel’s private jet made a stopoff in Baton Rouge today?

It may not be. Or it could be a sign of Michigan’s pursuit of LSU head football coach Les Miles.

Ironically though, Miles is in Dallas today to coach the Tigers in the Cotton Bowl.

Also interesting to note that the flight log for the plane, dating back to Sept. 8, 2010, indicates no previous visits to Baton Rouge.

That could indicate that it isn’t a coincidence that the private jet of someone who controls purse strings and wields influence in the athletic dept. at the Univ. of Michigan was spotted near Miles’ place of employment.