Brady Hoke Fired As Head Coach After 4 Years 
December 2, 2014 5:30 PM

It wasn't a question of if he would be fired, the question was why did they wait until today.

"Brady Hoke had enough time at Michigan, but not enough wins, interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Tuesday night."
 
Hackett formally announced his decision to fire the Wolverines' head coach shortly after Hoke shared the news with his team.  Hoke ends his four-year tenure in Ann Arbor with a 32-19 record, and that is after he started11-2 his first year. 

In a statement from Hoke, it included: "I want to thank all of the sons that played for our teams and appreciate the commitment that our coaches and support staff made to the program every day. I will miss the relationships that I've been fortunate enough to make within this university and community."

The search for Hoke's replacement will begin immediately, according to Hackett. He defined the criteria for candidates as "winning with the shared values of the University of Michigan."  Hackett said he has a specific deadline in mind for when he wants to have a new coach in place, but did not share that date publicly. He plans to use an executive search firm that is familiar with Michigan and its athletic department to help make the process run smoothly.  He was explicit in saying that having a history at Michigan and being a "Michigan man" was not a prerequisite for getting the job.

Hoke, who is owed a $3 million buyout, earned the title of a Michigan Man when he told reporters he would've walked to Ann Arbor to accept the Wolverines' job when he was introduced as the head coach four years ago. He served as an assistant at Michigan from 1995 until 2002, when he left to take the head coaching job at Ball State.

Inside Story Spells Bad News For the Boys In Blue 
July 23, 2014 3:00 PM

Things are not starting out well this season for the Blue .... at least if you chose to believe the post today on the Bucknuts.com board.

I have a relative who hails from Ohio and is currently on the Michigan roster. He has been around for 3 years and he told me some very interesting things about TTUN and what's going on with their team. The first thing he told me is that he is not convinced that outside of peppers that any of the freshman are gonna be able to be key contributors, no one seems to be above average. And here is the good news, during spring ball and summer conditioning there have been multiple scuffles and fights amongst the players. The team is not meshing and he also said the upperclassmen do not have faith in the new offensive coordinator and are losing faith in hoke, word is in the locker room that hoke is on the hot seat and if he loses a couple conference games early he might not even be employed come bowl season, apparently that's why they brought in the OC from Bama as a potential interim. The players are on board with Hoke being fired if this season is anythin less than spectacular. Have a great day bucknutters, hope that put a smile on your face!

   ..... It was on the Internet so it must be true.


OSU-Michigan Game Not Played For Primetime 
July 21, 2014 1:00 PM

Ohio State is schedule to play a program-record five night games, but 'The' Game will not be number six

As long as the current athletic directors for Michigan and Ohio State are in place, it should continue to be an early game.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told the Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday that he and Dave Brandon, the U-M athletic director, "constantly have conversations that that should not be a night game, and it will not be a night game."

Smith snuffed that out, saying, “It won’t be (at night) this year, nor in following years."

“We have really been firm on that,” Smith added. “I think our (TV) partners understand our position. We haven’t gotten any pressure this year at all. As people change, we’ll probably end up getting pressure down the road. But we’re not changing. We think that game should be played in the daytime, and we’re going to keep it that way.”

Michigan is Looking for All-Americans 
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5-Star Running Back Decommits From U-M 
January 21, 2014 12:00 PM

As Michigan works to rebuild in 2014 after a disappointing season, the UM class of 2015 appears to have taken a loss.  Running back Damien Harris, a 5-star recruit and a top overall player across the recruiting boards, decommitted from the Michigan Wolverines today.  As reported by Scout.com:

"After a great deal of thought and consideration, Berea (KY) Madison Southern RB, Damien Harris has decided to reopen his commitment to better explore his options."

Harris committed to the Wolverines early, but after a poor 2013 season and the firing of offensive coordinator Al Borges, this was expected.  New offensive coordinator, former Alabama assistant Doug Nussmeier, visited with Harris in an effort to keep the star in Ann Arbor so this could be an indication he has failed at his first assignment on the job.

Hoke Announces Michigan OC Fired 
January 8, 2014 5:45 PM

Ohio State is going to have to do some soul searching as it relates to what changes need to be made to take the program to the next level.  Some of those thoughts may lead to adjustments in the staff.  Michigan began to make those decisions for their program today. 

Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke announced today offensive coordinator Al Borges will not be retained for the 2014 season according to MGoBlue.com.  Prior to joining the UM staff in 2011, Borges was a member of Hoke's staff at San Diego State in 2009 and 2010.

"Decisions like these are never easy," said Hoke. "I have a great amount of respect for Al as a football coach and, more importantly, as a person. I appreciate everything he has done for Michigan Football for the past three seasons."







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