Fans and media alike now very much wondering whether or not Michigan coach Brady Hoke was the right man for the job and still capable of pushing the program forward positively into the future.
Now after another embarrassing loss at Michigan State, the record sits at 3-5 and those murmurs have turned to screeches, with many now knowing what they expect to be a formality at seasons end: Brady Hoke will no longer be the head coach at the University of Michigan.
But it’s not over.
Hoke will still be working the sideline Saturday as the Wolverines prepare to host Indiana, one of four remaining contests left this season and for Hoke, he’s trying to keep his players focused on issues in practice, not off the field issues.
“We educate them about what’s important and what’s not,” Hoke said. “I think because of how accountable they’ve been to each other and how they feel, I can’t, I’m not inside their minds totally but I think they’ve handled everything very well.”
And in a world of cell phones and social media, that’s really all Hoke can ask from student-athletes exposed to news and speculation every second of the day.
For Hoke, who received a major vote of confidence from Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon last off-season, the message is unclear.
When asked if he’s received any confirmation he’ll be back or had any conversation at all about his job status, Hoke essentially laid out what he expects the timeline to be.
“To be honest with you, anytime we’ve ever talked, I think those things will be talked (about) at the end of the season,” Hoke said. “Have I talked to anybody about those things? No. I don’t worry myself about those things.
“I’m confident in what we’re doing and I know what we’re doing for 115 kids, everyday I know that. And that’s as important as anything to me.
“I feel bad and I do get angry, we had this discussion the other night, because they work so hard and we’ve got to get over the hump and execute and have consistency as a team. But the work ethic these guys have put in, I couldn’t ask for more.”
With just four games left and nothing, not even a stake to the ground, being able to get his team going, Hoke is considering changing a few things up in practice moving forward.
“I’ve thought about that,” Hoke said. “We may do a couple things different."
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