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The Demise of Michigan and Brady Hoke

The news that broke out of Ann Arbor, Tuesday afternoon was not a surprise to anyone who has followed college football the last two months. Interim Michigan AD, Jim Hackett, informed Brady Hoke that the university was going in a different direction and that Hoke would not return as the Michigan head football coach.

Brady Hoke came to Michigan in 2011 with high expectations placed on him after the jobs he had done at Ball State and San Diego State, to turn those programs around. Hoke followed the embattled Rich Rodriguez, who compiled the worst coaching record in Michigan history of 15-22. The Michigan fan base was fired up over having a “Michigan Man” at the helm of the ship that had been going down for some time.
Hoke came to Michigan in 1995 with Loyd Carr, before leaving for Ball State in 2002. While at the helm of Ball State, Hoke turned a program around that hadn’t had a winning season since 1996. He only won 10 games over the first 3 seasons but was 12-0 before falling to the University of Buffalo in the MAC Championship game.

His overall record was 34-38 while at Ball State before leaving for San Diego State University in 2009. While at SDSU, Hoke’s teams were 13-12 with his best season coming in 2010 where they posted a 9-4 record.
Brady Hoke came to Michigan following the “retirement” (insert sarcasm) of Loyd Carr. In his first year he was named Big 10 coach of the year after the Wolverines went 11-2 and beat the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sugar Bowl.

Everything has been down hill since that first year however. Hoke has made comments that brought on criticism from the alumni and the sports world alike. Having not proved himself, Hoke found himself on the hot seat at the beginning of the the 2014 season and he was finally asked to get off that seat on Tuesday.  For what it’s worth, Hoke has turned some programs around and experienced success but, his overall head coaching record is not something to be desired.

The embattled program is not looking for a “Michigan Man” this time around. They are looking for a proven winner and who that may be, only time will tell. Michigan did not experience a losing season from 1968-2007 and have now had 3 since 2008. The next few weeks will be interesting with the coaching carousel beginning to spin faster and faster.  Who is the next man to lead the Maize and Yellow?  No one knows and many don’t have a leading favorite.

On a side note, Rich Rodriguez was named Pac-12 coach of the year with Arizona today.


Cover Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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