Posted November 28, 2013

Michigan AD Dave Brandon: ‘Brady Hoke is our coach’

Brady Hoke, Michigan Wolverines
Brady Hoke got a public note of support from Michigan's athletic director as he Wolverines prepare to play Ohio State. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Brady Hoke got a public note of support from Michigan’s athletic director as the Wolverines prepare to play Ohio State. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has given Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke a public vote of confidence.

In a blog post on the school’s website on Wednesday, Brandon said there should be no doubting that Hoke is the man to lead the Michigan program.

Brady Hoke is our coach and will be leading our football program well into the future. There is no question about it. Brady has done a great job rebuilding the program and reshaping the culture to the level it was under coaches Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr. Anyone making efforts to stir up a coaching controversy at Michigan is ill-informed and is likely promoting a personal agenda that is not in the best interest of Michigan Football.

In almost three full seasons in Ann Arbor, Hoke has led the Wolverines to a 26-11 record, including 15-8 in the Big Ten. In 2011, Hoke’s first season as a replacement for Rich Rodriguez, Michigan finished 11-2 and reached the Sugar Bowl. But Hoke followed that up with a 7-5 record in 2012, and his team sits 7-4 heading into this weekend’s rivalry game with No. 3 Ohio State.

Brandon said that while the program is not winning at the level expected by fans, Hoke and the current staff have the program headed in the right direction.

We don’t make excuses at Michigan when we fail to reach our goals, and we never will. We recognize areas we need to address and improve — and we will. We also know how to hold people accountable for the roles and responsibilities they have as part of the privilege for being a part of Michigan Football — and we will. However, it is valuable to occasionally step back from the disappointment and frustration that occurs when things don’t go as well as expected and consider a few facts that may help put things into proper perspective.

Is our program where we want to be? No. We want to consistently compete for championships. That is the expectation at Michigan and that has been Brady’s stated expectation from day one. When we don’t meet those expectations there’s disappointment — and that starts with Brady, the coaches, players and everyone else that represents our football program. If you saw how hard everyone inside Schembechler Hall works every day, you would understand why they are disappointed. They pour their lives into developing these young people to prepare them to compete at the highest level and consistently win.

21 comments
CanadianBuckeye
CanadianBuckeye

It appears that a very large number of fans from TSUN are dumping their tickets to Buckeye fans so the stadium will be at least half Scarlet and Gray!  If OSU comes out and pummels TSUN - the large number of recruits on their official visits will no doubt start to reconsider their decisions!!!  I'm guessing Peppers will be the first one to bail! 

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Public vote of confidence. Translation: He's gone after this weekend's game of if they don't improve after next season. 

EverettLivingston
EverettLivingston

Best news a Spartan fan could.on Thanksgiving. Hoke can stay forever. God bless us everyone

tony34
tony34

if they lose peppers than say goodbye to Hoke.  The AD is just giving his confidence to keep his finger in the dam of recruits

BudkisMandel
BudkisMandel

Karma baby, Brady Hoke is feeling my voodoo doll for leaving SDSU, which has a better record since that fat boy left. Hoke is a one more chicken wing closer to losing his "Dream Job". Good luck Brady Fat, I heard that El Camino Junior College has an opening for Chalk Machine Coach.. you are the guy!  You better go back to California, lose some weight before you lose your life. Living in Michigan, one of the unhealthiest states in the United States is not going to do you any favors... 

playemball
playemball

The question is..will anyone be storming the field after the game?  ;)

d48
d48

For the foreseeable future, meatchicken....um, I mean michigan will be the little sister to Michigan State. All the best recruits go to OSU or MSU. The wolverweenies will be B1G bottom feeders for a few decades.

drmiller166
drmiller166

5 million Ohio State fans also gave Hoke a vote of confidence.

tony34
tony34

When Hoke heard the news he yelled, " YABBA DABBA DOOOO" WILMA!!!

PamemakeJones
PamemakeJones

IT's not Hoke as much as it is Borgess and Funk. Funk is the first to go with Borgess not far behind. I think Hoke is on the right track. People aren't aware of the absolute disaster that RR and Carr left for him to straighten up. Can't be done in a year or two. The foundation to excel forward is there. The real test for Hoke now is over the next 2-3 years. Michigan has the talent base now to propel into the Top 5 consistently. It's that measure over the next 2-3 years that will determine if Hoke will stay and prosper or look elsewhere for a job.

JamesZeller
JamesZeller

Sounds a little like Pat Haden near the end of last season.

RandomGuy81
RandomGuy81

So let me get this straight: Rich Rod gets fired for winning only 2 games more each year than the last and yet Hoke, who took over what would have been RR's best team, gets to keep his job beyond 3 years despite the teams win total declining each year? How does that work?

MrArlington
MrArlington

It should be mentioned that of 4 of the 7 wins that Michigan did have this year were HORRIBLE. Needing OT to beat perennial basement dwellers or mid majors. This is the worst Michigan team in recent memory. I suppose that Dave Brandon would say I have a "personal agenda" vs Hoke now?

LeslieHoerwinkle
LeslieHoerwinkle

Hoke is still the coach, but  his record has gotten worse each year. Michigan should hire the coach from Southwestern Idaho Tech.

doghockey
doghockey

@BudkisMandel You seem kind of bitter about a guy who simply took a better job with a bigger paycheck.   The opportunity to do the same must never have happened to you.

CanadianBuckeye
CanadianBuckeye

@PamemakeJones That logic would work if Hoke didn't go 11 - 2 with RR's recruits!  Sorry, there are a ton of examples of coaches coming in and making a big positive impact on their teams immediately!  Flounder Hoke has been a .500 coach his entire career and watching this train wreck up north and him getting continuously out coached, you can absolutely see why it is happening!  

BigBubba
BigBubba

@RandomGuy81 David Brandon has been eating WAY too many Domino's pizza. That's what it does to your brain

doghockey
doghockey

@LeslieHoerwinkle The record last year was 7-5.  This year it is 7-4.  In what statistical world is that worse?

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@doghockey @d48 Technically, you are correct.  But I think as Michigan goes through 7-5 after 7-5 season, each will feel worse than the season before.