ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Just over a day, that’s how long it’s been since Michigan officially announced what they term to be the resignation of now former athletic director Dave Brandon.
School president Mark Schlissel made the news official at his 1:30 press conference Friday afternoon, also appointing former Michigan student-athlete Jim Hackett as the interim replacement until the next permanent athletic director can be found.
Following Michigan’s 34-10 win over Indiana Saturday afternoon, Wolverines’ coach Brady Hoke was asked for a comment on Brandon’s departure.
“I’m not going to talk on that,” Hoke said. “Because I want to talk about what those kids did today between the white lines.
“And, you know, we’ve got all day Monday we can discuss that but this is about these kids going out and beating Indiana.”
Monday of course, is Hoke’s weekly press conference.
But this past week, and more specifically, the last 24 hours, was met with a surplus of distraction in the aftermath of the Brandon news.
Asked whether or not that had an effect on his team or if the victory could provide some sense of relief, Hoke again chose to point the finger at his Wolverines and the job they’ve done.
“Look, let’s talk about what those kids did because there’s only so many opportunities they have,” Hoke said.
“Have they stayed together and been accountable? Yes. That’s what they’ve done.”
Sophomore running back Drake Johnson, who emerged with a 16 rush, 122-yard and two touchdown performance Saturday against Indiana, believes Michigan didn’t let the news deter their focus.
“I think that our reaction as a team was just become close knit, get together, we have a game in two days so we need to handle this now,” Johnson said. “We need to put everything out aside and just focus on this game so, I think that’s how we handled it.”
Perhaps the most interesting piece of news to come out of Friday’s news conference with school president Mark Schlissel is Hackett’s level of authority.
Schlissel went as far as to say Hackett will evaluate all aspects of the athletic department, including the football program and Brady Hoke, with the autonomy to make decisions.
Whether or not that’ll include a decision to retain or remove Hoke as coach remains to be seen, but Hoke was asked if he had met with Hackett upon his hiring.
“Look, we can talk all about that on Monday,” Hoke said.
For video of Hoke following Michigan’s win over Indiana, press play below.
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