The search for a brand new head coach is officially on at Michigan. Brady Hoke was relieved of his duties Tuesday after another down season in Ann Arbor. Though the era comes to an end on a downward trend, Hoke says he leaves with fond memories of his time in charge of the Michigan program.
“I feel very fortunate to have been an assistant and head coach at the University of Michigan,” said Hoke in a statement released by Michigan just before a press conference with Athletics Director Jim Hackett commenced. “I will always support the University and this football program. This is a special place and one that Laura, Kelly and I have enjoyed representing during our time in Ann Arbor.”
Hoke was let go with a record of 31-20 at Michigan, but just 18-14 in the Big Ten. While the results on the field may not have been up to par for Michigan, Hoke’s relationship with his players was much more successful. Aside from a bizarre sequence earlier in the season regarding the health of quarterback Shane Morris, Hoke did have a good relationship with his players and he commented on that.
“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. I additionally appreciate all of the support that our fans, alumni, students, administration and former players have provided our program. I leave with fond memories of my experience at Michigan. Thanks and Go Blue!”
Hackett announced Michigan will be hiring a firm to assist with the search for a new coach, but he did not expand on the plans regarding that process. Hackett also said he met with the players briefly this afternoon, but the team meeting was more for Hoke to have time to say good-bye to the players.