Athletic director David Brandon released a statement on Tuesday announcing that Brady Hoke, the San Diego State head coach, will replace Rich Rodriguez as the head coach at the University of Michigan. Hoke was a defensive line coach at Michigan from 1995-2002 and has since spent eight seasons as an FBS head coach at Ball State and SDSU. He’s married with one daughter.
Hoke’s results at Ball State . . .
2003: 4-8, 3-5
2004: 2-9, 2-6
2005: 4-7, 4-4
2006: 5-7, 5-3
2007: 7-6, 5-2
2008: 12-1, 8-0
Hoke’s results at SDSU . . .
2009: 4-8, 2-6
2010: 9-4, 5-3
Totals . . .
34-30 in conference
1-1 in bowl games (Hoke did not coach in Ball State’s 2008 bowl game)
The 2010 version of San Diego State finished 16th in total offense, 19th in scoring offense, 43rd in total defense, and 36th in scoring defense.
I am not a fan of this hire. At all. The all-time winningest program in college football history just hired a guy with a 47-50 career record, a .484 winning percentage. The all-time winningest program in college football history just hired a guy who has three winning seasons in his career, or 37.5% of the time. The all-time winningest program in college football history just hired a guy who was probably Michigan’s third choice – at best – behind Jim Harbaugh and Les Miles.
I said after the 2010 Ohio State game that I thought Michigan’s coaching ranking should be:
1. Jim Harbaugh
2. Rich Rodriguez
If David Brandon was going to wait until after the Orange Bowl to make a firing/hiring, then he should have sewn up Harbaugh immediately or retained Rodriguez (and forced him to fire Greg Robinson). There shouldn’t have been a third option, like Miles or Hoke.
I don’t care if Brady Hoke is a Michigan Man. He’s not a proven coach. He loses more than he wins. It took him five seasons to get the exact same record (7-6) at a MAC school as Rich Rodriguez earned in his third season at Michigan.
Meanwhile, Hoke runs a pro-style offense whose two quarterbacks in 2010 were 6’4″-6’5″ and between 210 and 215 pounds; Denard Robinson will probably either agree to change positions or transfer to Pitt. Meanwhile, Hoke had better hope that sophomore/redshirt freshman Devin Gardner can play quarterback fairly well, because . . . well . . . choices are slim. Well, “choice” is probably too broad of a term there. I know David Brandon can’t make a decision about a program based on one player or one position, but when you go with a losing coach who also probably plans to totally revamp the offensive and defensive systems, that’s kind of a double blow.
Hoke isn’t all bad. He had two 1,000 yard receivers in 2010. He also had the 10th leading rusher in the country. He went 9-4 and won a bowl game. By all accounts he’s a nice guy, a solid recruiter, and a fiery leader.
By the way, I’m keeping my Rivals account to follow recruiting, but not for the inside information. Chris Balas, the “insider” over there charged with following the coaching situation, originally implied that Harbaugh would be hired, then he switched his pick to Hoke, then Miles, then Hoke again. I said after the bowl game that I expected Harbaugh to be the next coach, but after that, I quit guessing. You get one chance to be right. If you screw it up, you just throw up your hands and say “I don’t know what the hell is going on.” Not Balas, though. I guess you’re bound to be right if, once you’re wrong, you get to change your answer a bunch of times. I wish the ACT had been like that back when I was in high school.