Former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke had a rather unsuccessful run with the Wolverines. During his four seasons with the team, he was 31-20 and only won one bowl game. The team went 5-7 last season, which was the first time the team had a losing record since Bump Elliot was the coach in 1967.
According to College Spun, Hoke feels like he wasn’t given a fair shake at taking the Wolverines to new heights in both the Big Ten and the national championship scene. He talked about how long it takes to really build up a football program into a national power.
“Five to six years,” Hoke said in his debut on SiriusXM’s “College Sports Today” dropping hints about what he faced coming into Michigan. “That’s what everyone wants, two or three, especially if you’re a fan of the school. I know you may have to change an offensive system as far as going from a pro style to spread or a spread to a pro style. Defensively, are you going to be a 3-4 team or a 4-3 team? All those things are part (of it) as you go out and start to recruit.
“Whenever you get one of those jobs, that first recruiting class is going to be about a 50/50 class. Especially when you’re hired as the coach.”
Hoke coached the Wolverines one less year than he believes it takes to build up a program. The bad thing about that is the fact that the Wolverines already have a rich tradition of winning in place. They didn’t NEED to be built.
Things seemed promising in the early years for Hoke and the Wolverines. He led his team to an 11-2 record and a win in the Sugar Bowl in 2011. Then it just got progressively worse. In 2012 and 2013, the team went 8-5 and 7-6 respectively and lost appearances in both the Outback and Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Then the 2014 season happened and we all know how that went.
I am not saying that his logic doesn’t work. In his sixth and final season with Ball State, the team went 12-1 and won the MAC West Division Championship. That is also the only time in his twelve year career that he won a division championship and played for a conference title. It is also worth noting that Hoke has yet to have been hired to another head coaching position since being fired at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Maybe Hoke will get another crack at the college football world, but for now, he is just going to have to continue making idiotic comments on radio shows.
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