I did not make this headline up
Mr. Hackett deserves credit for talking the talk:
"I wanted to make sure that Brady received adequate time to exhibit the results that would come from his effort and I believe that Brady and our coaching staff had enough time to produce those results and unfortunately they are not there. In the end, I feel that moving in a different direction is the right decision. I wish Brady and his family all the best in the future."
All that remains to be seen is whether Mr. Hackett can walk the walk--which Mr. Hackett has lucidly defined as having a football coach who can "produce . . . results."
I'm keeping my fingers crossed, Mr. Hackett.
I've seen this point touched on, but I haven't seen a topic posted.
There is one large flaw that exists with all the rhetoric flying around on this site about dumping Hoke immediately. Everybody seems to be rallying around the fact that Hoke needs to be gone yesterday, but I'd like to step back and consider the process involved.
Dumping Hoke would be good, yes? But what is the single thing that would be more harmful than retaining Hoke for one more year? A coaching search that ends with us somehow hiring John L. Smith as our new HC?
Granted, I may have exaggerated a bit with that. But why dump Hoke until we have solid information that we can trade up? What if we fire Hoke today, only to find out that Harbaugh(s), Miles, Mullen, Petersen, et al. do not want to come here? Then what? Then we get Schiano'd.
The point I am trying to make, and maybe not as cohesively as I'd like, is that you are crazy if you think the AD is not reaching out to find in-roads with candidates. If we get very bad news on that front (which honestly would not surprise me), then we keep Hoke another year and face those consequences.
I want to repeat this: MICHIGAN ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MESS UP THE NEXT HEAD FOOTBALL COACH.
I'll take one more year of a slow and painful death by clock mismanagement over hiring Jerry Kill and finding out that Kill was a bad choice. Four years later and the carousel has made another revolution and we wonder why in the hell we are hiring guys with marginally good records at Minnesota.
Firing Hoke before lining up a replacement could doom us. I'm not suggesting Hoke is a viable option AT ALL, just that if we miss on the big names this year, Hoke could function as a quasi-interim HC. Again, that is not an ideal situation, but neither is hiring Lane Kiffin.
The coaching situation is not black and white. Better to keep Hoke around until they line up a suitable replacement. We CANNOT screw up another hire. Not all coaches have Michigan as their dream job. If our list of 1A, 1B, 1C type coaches are not available, it is better to keep Hoke and make a new list of 1A, 1B, and 1C coaches for next year...
This is the most distant and detached Hoke has been during his tenure in A2, maybe its because hes now fully aware that "he gone".
What the most struck me as especially odd during the press conference was when someone asked him about Delano Hill. Hoke just gave an awkward series of "yes" and "no's" to the questions about Delano. I think the reporter asked if he was injured or hurt a few different ways. Hoke repeatedly responded with "yes" and "now" before giving way to an awkward smile that keeping from saying something that he may have wanted to.
It was just weird. Did anyone else notice that?
S/O to Maizenbrew for the report. Hoke has not yet spoken with Clark and will do so "at the appropriate time", presumably when he's out of jail. Assuming that this is it for his time in the program. Link below.
To celebrate Coach Hoke's birthday, I'd like to ponder the most homerish, positive outlook for the remainder of the season.
What if we won out, including a bowl game? I realize it's pie in the sky and I'm punch drunk from watching a Michigan running back actually, you know....RUN. But what if we found the missing piece with Drake, other players got healthy, and we built on Saturday's game to take a 3 game win streak into the Shoe?
What if the unthinkable happened and we beat Oiho St, won our bowl game, and finished 8-5?
Does Hoke & staff come back in 2015?
EDIT: Because there seems to be some confusion, the question is IF we win out. Consider it a hypothetical, if you will.