On Friday, Air Force and Michigan agreed to play each other in football in Ann Arbor, Mich. in 2012, and the price tag was step as Michigan is paying out $1.1 million to bring Air Force in. The negotiations were drawn out because of the uncertainty about whether the Mountain West was going to play eight or nine conference games. Once the league decided on eight games the deal was able to move forward. Air Force Athletic Director Hans Mueh said Michigan's Athletic Director David Brandon was very persistent in trying to schedule Air Force:
"They kept pushing and calling and asking," Mueh said. "I got the sense they really wanted us and were going to make it a special event. We’re excited. It’s a great opportunity to play in the Big House. "We were honored to do that. Dave Brandon was up front about it and said, "We respect Air Force and want you to come play here.’ It [sic] was very honored for them to pursue us the way they did."
I guess offering over a million dollars made this an easy choice.