When asked about his job future after Michigan’s 42-28 loss at rival Ohio State on Saturday, Hoke replied: “What I know is I am going to be the football coach at Michigan.”
Next year? “Yeah.”
You know that? “Well, it’s what I know right now.”
That may be true. But Hoke is due to meet with interim athletic director Jim Hackett for his season evaluation any day now. And after a 5-7 season, and not becoming bowl eligible for the third time since 1975, Hoke’s tenure in Ann Arbor may be coming to end, despite what he thinks. And loss of extra practice time for his young team only adds to the disappointment of the season.
“That stinks. That’s disappointing for all of us,” Hoke said. “It stinks for a lot for a lot of reasons. Number one, your expectations you have, you haven’t met them like we would like to as a program, as a team and for this team. And then the other part is what you get out of some extra work. Especially with our team is youthful.”
Despite his 31-20 record during his four years at U-M, Hoke says his program is still moving in the right direction because of its youth.
“I know it is,” Hoke said. “I know it is because of the youth that we have on our football team. Fifty six guys are in our two-deep, and 50 of them are coming back. We were 11-2 and we had 15 fifth-year seniors. We had three this year. There is a lot to be said when you look at the maturity of your team experience wise. So we got a lot of guys who got a lot of experience. Even guys who didn’t play this year because they are in a program and are learning an offense and are learning a defense.”
While the team coming back will be year older and more experienced, it might be too late for Hoke.
As far as addressing his job at Michigan any further, Hoke deferred to discussing it on Monday.
“Let’s worry about that on Monday,” Hoke said.
As of right now, there is no press conference scheduled on Monday.