Toward the end of last year we heard the wiser, cooler heads here opine that Brady Hoke likely had two years to turn the football program around. What is the feeling now?
A sense of grim irony threatens to engulf the program. Every (somewhat maladroit) interview about better chemistry and every lost recruit begins to feel like added pressure--you reach a point where even news that not much can be read into begins to be interpreted as bad. . . the thing becomes harder to pull back from the brink. We have all witnessed this snowball effect only recently.
Hoke and Brandon are in many ways joined at the hip. But I still think that things have to be going pretty darned well at the end of the upcoming football season if Hoke is going to remain coach. And--reading between the lines--I don't believe that prospect is a good one.
The pressure on Brandon will be particularly intense if we improve only a little and are a sure thing to improve a little more with a veteran squad in 15-16. . . but with no clear evidence we are on our way back to championship contention. At this rate we are in some danger of falling back into a permanent second tier behind OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU. . . at least the possibility seems real. PSU may soon loom as a serious power again.
Beilein's success places a little more pressure on Hoke. What says everyone else? Does he have two years no matter what? Or will this year be decisive?