FORT WORTH, Texas — After months of saying he didn't want the position, Bill Martin agreed Friday night to serve as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee if he's elected.
Martin, acting president since Marty Mankamyer resigned Feb. 4, had said he was too busy as athletic director at Michigan to take the job full time. He changed his mind Friday after several USOC members, including Vice President Paul George, voiced their support over the last week.
"Yes, so get off the question," Martin said sarcastically after being asked if he will accept the position. "Because I've been beaten up."
The USOC faces a major restructuring after three months of infighting and resignations led to intervention by Congress.
A USOC task force is expected to make a restructuring presentation today and a Senate task force will make its recommendations in June. In the meantime, USOC officials are trying to get the organization headed in the right direction.