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Howard and Hutchinson have hope for Hoke

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Despite seeing their school take steps back in total wins each of the past couple of seasons, a couple of notable Michigan alums are coming to protect the back of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke. Desmond Howard and Steve Hutchinson have each spoken out in support of the current Wolverines head coach, rejecting the idea Hoke may be on a hot seat in Ann Arbor.

“I think they’re headed in the right direction, and I’ve got a lot of confidence in Coach Hoke,” Howard said in a story by MLive.com while making the rounds at the Super Bowl. Howard and Hutchinson are each among the many football personalities floating around New Jersey and New York this week. “Sometimes you got to take your lumps before you get to the top of the mountain. I don’t think people understand that. I’m good with it.”

Michigan had the Big Ten’s top-ranked offense in 2010 but the Wolverines have slipped in Big Ten total offensive ranking each season since, ending the 2013 season ranked 10th in the 12-team Big Ten in total offense. Howard warns any who suggest Hoke should be on a short leash that he has done some good things since arriving as the head coach to succeed Rich Rodriguez.

“Michigan won a BCS (game) championship for you lately, don’t forget about that,” Howard said, referring to the 2011 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech, a game neither team probably should have been in anyway.

Howard’s words of encouragement were echoed by Hutchinson.

“He has my support 100 percent,” Hutchinson said to MLive.com. “I don’t think you can put him on the hot seat. I think anytime you don’t get the results right off the bat, that phrase ‘hot seat’ comes up. A lot of times I know where it comes from, but I don’t think it’s justified here. People need to be patient and know we’re headed in the right direction.”

Hoke and Michigan have come under fire this week with the report of kicker Brendan Gibbons dismissal from the university and how it was addressed, or rather not addressed, by Hoke and the athletics department. That issue was not addressed by either former Wolverine, at least not in the MLive story.

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10 Responses to “Howard and Hutchinson have hope for Hoke”
  1. hehateme1 says: Jan 31, 2014 7:24 PM

    Michigan will win the national championship. No question.

  2. be4bama says: Jan 31, 2014 7:39 PM

    LOL….when, hehateme1?

  3. hehateme1 says: Jan 31, 2014 7:51 PM

    This year son. Ha!

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 31, 2014 8:09 PM

    Michigan is Michigan.

    Few teams, if any, can compete with their tradition & historical success. The Urban Meyer thing is cute and all, but it’s only a matter of time before Michigan adds more national titles to their resume.

  5. normtide says: Jan 31, 2014 8:14 PM

    Since when do you have to win a title to have a great year? Ten wins its still awesome to me. That said, don’t bet there farm hehateme, unless your still talking about the XFL. I will give you props tho, that was the best player nickname ever. But, try to win your division in the weakest AQ league first.

  6. dumbpollack says: Jan 31, 2014 9:08 PM

    Yes, please keep Brady!

    Buckeye Nation

  7. dkhhuey says: Jan 31, 2014 10:27 PM

    Flounder Hoke has and always will be a .500 coach… he has proven that again and again… it was clearly on display for the last 3 seasons and it will continue until he gets fired. The Buckeye Nation hopes it will be for many years to come…

  8. tigersfandan says: Jan 31, 2014 11:22 PM

    That was a very alliterative headline!

  9. bballnut50 says: Feb 1, 2014 10:41 AM

    A honest take from a big ten peer. Something is just not right with Hoke. Suspect the wolves will move in a different direction next year….

  10. basebuck says: Feb 1, 2014 11:05 AM

    Hoke is a very like able guy but I don’t think he is head coaching material. He will end up his career as a coordinator somewhere.

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