Hoke Shares Schlissel's 'Expectations'

Brady Hoke responded to recent comments made by U-M president Mark Schlissel regarding the academics standards of the football team.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In response to recent comments made by U-M president Mark Schlissel regarding the current state of academic standards of the Michigan football team, Brady Hoke said he shared the same “expectations” as the president and noted his successful graduation rate of his seniors.

The response, of course, comes a day after the Michigan Daily reported that Schlisslel had some choice words when regarding the current state of academics affairs in the athletics department – particularly the football team -- at the school’s Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs meeting on Monday.

“We admit students who aren’t as qualified, and it’s probably the kids that we admit that can’t honestly, even with lots of help, do the amount of work and the quality of work it takes to make progression from year to year,” Schlissel said, per The Daily. “These past two years have gotten better, but before that, the graduation rates were terrible, with football somewhere in the 50s and 60s when our total six-year rate at the University is somewhere near 90 percent, so that’s a challenge.”

In his weeklyconference call, Hoke said he’s had a chance to sit down with the U-M president for a half-hour, and the two them share the same vision of academic standards for the football program.

“I know one thing, we embrace the expectations that we have here from an athletic to an academic standpoint,” Hoke said on Shlissel’s comments regarding academic standards of the current football team.

Hoke continued: “The things that are truly special about Michigan, is it an academic institution that has the balance when you look at the competitive side of all sports [including] the football program.”

One statistic Hoke wanted to point out, was the graduate rate of seniors during his tenure as Michigan’s coach.

“What we’re proud about since we’ve been here, is all 69 of 69 seniors have graduated,” Hoke said. “Our APR number is at the highest it's ever been. And we really look at in recruiting at guys academically who can succeed and do the work. We’re looking for the best football players. And then the best people we can put in this environment.”

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