When Hoke and his staff came on board 3 years ago we had just endured perhaps the lowest point in the history of the program. We were desperate for a change, desperate to return to the glory days of what we knew Michigan football was and what we hoped it could be once more. Hoke said all the right things and the team had a massive turnaround in year 1, especially the defense. As a Michigan fan, I couldn't say enough good things about Hoke and the direction he was taking the program, and I had no doubt in my mind that we were on the verge of another golden era for Michigan football. Then Hoke started bringing in top recruits from all over the country. The man could do no wrong. Fast forward to today. Our team is an embarrassment, our season is in shambles, and as fans we are trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with our team. My knowledge of football is pretty limited, so don't have much to say about that. But for me, the worst part is seeing the expectations I had built up (and we as a fan community had built up) these past 3 years for the program be shattered in such a sobering fashion, week after week after week. Maybe Hoke and his staff need more time. Maybe they have been exposed as a bunch of good guys who love this program but don't have what it takes to get it to where it needs to be. I'm a Michigan fan for life, but right now my faith in this coaching staff and the direction of this program is severely damaged. Thank goodness basketball season is here.
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."