ESPN Brady Hoke is out as head coach at Michigan, according to ESPN and multiple media reports. In his first season, Hoke led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record, including a 23-20 win against Virginia Tech in the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl, Michigan’s first BCS bowl game since the 2006 season. But since then, Michigan has seen its win total decrease each season — 8-5 in 2012, 7-6 in 2013, 5-7 in 2014. Michigan came under fire for its handling of quarterback Shane Morris’ head injury in a loss to Minnesota on Sept. 27. Former Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who hired Hoke on Jan. 11, 2011, resigned on Oct. 31 amid a public outcry for a new AD. Jim Hackett replaced Brandon on an interim basis. Hoke, a former standout linebacker at Ball State, previously was the head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10) before accepting the Wolverines’ position. In a stunning coincidence, Hoke’s ouster comes on the same day that it was announced that his predecessor in Ann Arbor, Rich Rodriguez, was announced as the Pac-12 coach of the year.
We all knew this day would come, Brady Hoke (who was in over his head at such a historic program with extreme pressure to win) is officially out at University of Michigan, and the search for a replacement has already begun. Michigan’s dream head coaching candidate is clearly their former quarterback and current coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Jim Harbaugh, who is rumored to be on his way out with the 49ers due to the fact that his intense disciplinarian style has caused him to lose the locker room. Personally, I think that Harbaugh should go back to college, where he had major success at Stanford. Disciplinary head coaching styles do not work against professional athletes who are millionaires, but works well with maturing college kids, and I think that Harbaugh is better suited for the college game. However, the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders have already been rumored to be interested in acquiring Harbaugh’s services in a trade. Other candidates are expected to be current LSU head coach and Michigan alum Les Miles, as well as former NFL head coach Jon Gruden, who’s boyhood dream was to coach Michigan.