Hoke Has B1G Expectations

Michigan coach Brady Hoke talks Big Ten championship and what U-M needs to fix in order to achieve it.

CHICAGO--As Michigan enters its 134th year of college football it's no secret what their expectations are for the season—a Big Ten championship.

While that's easier said than done, it's clear that U-M coach Brady Hoke likes what he has on the field as he enters his third season as the headman of college football's winningest program.

"I like our football team," said Hoke in his opening statement at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. "I usually don't say that. I said it after the spring. I will continue to say it because I like how they've handled themselves on the field and off the field so far this summer. I like their work ethic, and I like how they've represented Michigan in a lot of ways."

While Hoke may like how his team has developed after a strong spring. He was the first to admit there is still a lot work to be done before hoisting the Big Ten Championship trophy later this fall.

"Me liking them doesn't guarantee us anything, because we have a lot of work ahead of us still," Hoke said.

A big part of the "work" or problems that the Maize and Blue need to address--is turnovers. The Wolverines' finished 8-5 last season and had 18 turnovers in those five defeats. And that isn't good enough for Hoke and Co. if they expect to contend for a Big Ten title this season.

"It's unacceptable at Michigan. It's unacceptable for us," Hoke said. "…We need to be a little more diligent in making better decisions. And those are things that we've talked about and we've had through spring ball, had a good spring."

If Michigan is able to solve their turnover problems, then this truly could be the special season that that Hoke needs and expects.

U-M begins Big Ten play on Oct. 5 against rival Minnesota. And on that day the Wolverines' will try to live up to their high standards set forth by Hoke.

"The expectations, though, never change. And that's to win Big Ten championships," Hoke said.

And if they fix their turnover issues—a Big Ten championship may be in coming to Ann Arbor this fall.

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