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Michigan AD says Brady Hoke isn’t on hot seat

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Michigan head coach Brady Hoke isn’t worried about being on the hot season this season, and he shouldn’t be.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon stated Hoke’s job isn’t on the line as the Wolverines prepare for the 2014 campaign.

“It’s not,” Brandon told The Detroit News’ Bob Wojnowski. “Every football coach in America lives under enormous pressure, so I don’t need to apply any more. We’re the winningest program in the history of college football, we know what the expectations of our fan base is. Nobody has to tell Brady that. And I have all the confidence in the world that he’s bringing in the right kids, that he continues to do the right thing in terms of getting his staff lined up. I’m convinced we’re heading to a very, very good place.”

It’s certainly different to make such a claim in July than it will be a few months from now, particularly if the Wolverines struggle through another season.

Brandon expects the Wolverines to improve from last year’s 7-6 record. But he wasn’t willing to provide a benchmark for Hoke to remain off the hot seat. Brandon simply expects to see continued improvement.

“I have a high level of confidence that the pieces are being put together for this program to be what we all want it to be,” Brandon said. “I have to be patient because I know what’s involved. I know what was here when coach Hoke arrived, in terms of how we needed to change.

“We needed to get bigger, we went from one style (the spread offense under Rich Rodriguez) to a different style. You’d like to think you can snap your fingers and make that happen, but it takes time. So on the one hand, I have to be patient because I realistically know it takes some time, but on the other hand, I’m as impatient as anybody.

“I want to win, and my expectations haven’t changed one iota. We want to be in that game in Indianapolis, we want to be competing for that championship. We have unfinished business and that’s to get this program back where we want it. I’m confident that’s going to happen.”

Unfortunately for Michigan, the road to Indianapolis and the Big Ten Championship doesn’t go through Ann Arbor. It goes through Columbus or East Lansing. And a third place finish — or worse — in the Big Ten’s eastern division could finally land Hoke on the hot seat.

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16 Responses to “Michigan AD says Brady Hoke isn’t on hot seat”
  1. 513guy says: Jul 28, 2014 9:22 PM

    Yeah, and Dominos Pizza doesn’t taste like a hot circle of garbage. Get real Brandon.

  2. tigers182 says: Jul 28, 2014 9:50 PM

    Let’s avoid making fat jokes about Hoke. We should focus instead on what a boob he is as a head coach, or how he’s David Brandon’s lap dog, or how he’s owned by MSU and OSU, or how he looks like he smells like sweaty Fritos, or how much of a sloppy pig of a man he is.

  3. spreadthecheese says: Jul 28, 2014 9:50 PM

    On a related note, the rest of the Big Ten supports Michigan’s AD for wanting to keep Hoke around.

  4. brianincbus says: Jul 28, 2014 10:21 PM

    Yep, keep Flounder around, he’s my favorite coach at scUM ever!

  5. BrownsTown says: Jul 28, 2014 10:22 PM

    OMG, I can’t believe I never made the connection between the former CEO of Domino’s recruiting a certain, rotund head coaching candidate to be the head coach at his school.

    “Such an idiot!”

    [in my Napolean Dynamite voice….speaking of which, I bet Hoke carries tots on his person as well]

  6. jrs45 says: Jul 28, 2014 10:37 PM


    I’m curious to know what university you’re fan of? Note: how I sad fan. Because you graduated from a Community College.

  7. spreadthecheese says: Jul 28, 2014 10:59 PM


    Maybe you should proofread your comment and remove misspellings before broadly asserting all community college students lack intelligence.

  8. BrownsTown says: Jul 28, 2014 11:15 PM

    People go on and on about how smart Google is, but Google Translate still can’t make heads or tails on jrs’ comment.

  9. polegojim says: Jul 28, 2014 11:58 PM

    He better be on the hot seat Dave.

    He better be coaching for his job, every single year.

    Seriously, how can you accept anything less than that?

    So far, very little has been accomplished towards winning a B1G title, let alone a sniff at a NAT.

    He better be feeling the heat, or Brandon should go.

  10. polegojim says: Jul 29, 2014 12:01 AM

    BrownsTown… for once you, Napoleon, and I agree.

    BTW, if you’re gonna use a quote, at least spell the guys name right.

  11. wolfman55h says: Jul 29, 2014 9:49 AM

    So he’s gone by Halloween?

  12. vapor54 says: Jul 29, 2014 11:09 AM

    Hoke finishes 9-4 or better -he stays

  13. jrs45 says: Jul 29, 2014 12:22 PM

    Ok guys I’m so sorry. BrownsTown what college are you a fan of?

  14. notthatconfused says: Jul 29, 2014 1:31 PM


    Ending a sentence with a preposition, for the win!

  15. jrs45 says: Jul 29, 2014 4:55 PM

    I always win.

  16. desal2ds says: Jul 30, 2014 10:28 AM

    He’s not on the hot seat until after Ohio state game.

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