This is the end, Brady Hoke, the end.
It started so beautifully for Hoke as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. The Wolverines were 11-2 during Hoke’s first season at the helm of the program. He’s now lost three of team’s last four contests against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Utah Utes and Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The final straw, which may ultimately determine Hokes fate, may be Saturday’s 30-14 loss Saturday to the Gophers. Jerry Kill‘s squad dominated the contest from start to finish.
In fact, the Wolverines’ start to this season is the worst in the school’s history.
Michigan first fielded a football team in 1879. Not once in those 135 years have the Wolverines lost 3 times before October. Until now…?
— Brett Edgerton (@EditorEdge) September 27, 2014
It wasn’t simply that the Wolverines lost the Little Brown Jug for the second time to the Gophers in 23 years. It was how the team lost.
First, Michigan was dominated physically by the Gophers at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Gophers ran the ball 47 times for 206 yards. Senior running back David Cobb ran over, through and past the Wolverines to the tune of 183 yards.
On the defensive side of the football, Minnesota harassed Michigan’s quarterbacks all game. It got to the point where first-time starter Shane Morris had to be pulled due to an injured ankle.
There was even one point when Hoke put Morris back into the game, and it wasn’t clear whether or not the quarterback suffered a concussion from a massive hit.
I’d be fine if Brady Hoke was fired in-game for putting a dazed-looking Morris back in the game.
— Tom Gower (@ThomasGower) September 27, 2014
Hoke is out of excuses after the Morris debacle. The young quarterback was billed as the future of the program. The coach decided to pull his senior signal caller Devin Gardner after a poor outing last week. But the sophomore didn’t provide the answer the team was looking for.
There is no where else for Hoke to turn. The Wolverines are 2-3, and their record indicates exactly the level of football program they are at the moment. That’s a direct reflection on its coaching staff.
Did I say last week that Brady Hoke wouldn’t last until December? Surviving October would now require a miracle – or idiocy.
— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) September 27, 2014