(ESPN RUMOR) Potential Coaching Moves

Submitted by robbyt003 on November 24th, 2013 at 5:14 PM

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 Following the Wolverines' loss to Iowa on Saturday in which it was outgained 407 yards to 158 by the Hawkeyes and blew a 21-7 halftime lead, Michigan is 7-4 and Brady Hoke is approaching hot-seat territory. Some coaches I spoke with this week said, at the very least, he will likely have to part ways with offensive coordinator Al Borges. (If Michigan does open again, either this year or next, one trusted college football source suggested that LSU coach Les Miles could finally head home to his alma mater. “I’ll bet that’s where he goes and retires,” the source said.)

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November 24th, 2013 at 7:45 PM ^

Hoke made Ball State into a legitimate program. That is an incredible accomplishment that ignoramuses like you don't understand because you are totally unaware of teams outside of Michigan.

What? He had two winning seasons there, one conference championship, and his teams lost both bowls they went to (and they lost them quite badly too).

After he left, they went 2-10 (2-6) and 4-8 (3-5) before firing Parrish, and hiring Pete Lembo.

I'm not trying to knock Hoke, but saying that he built Ball State into a legitimate program is just flat out wrong

Avon Barksdale

November 24th, 2013 at 5:37 PM ^

Hiring a successful coach with a proven track record of winning and has a national championship, elite recruiting, roots to the south and Midwest as well as being a Michigan Man? Naw, that makes too much sense.


November 24th, 2013 at 7:11 PM ^

Miles is a dirty coach. Look at his time at OK St. Being a "michigan man" should not be criteria for a new coach or coordinator. That's how we got here in the first place. Hire a GOOD coach by whatever other metrics you can come up with.


November 24th, 2013 at 5:41 PM ^

As crazy as it drives most of us we must remember that Hoke LOVES Borges and the offense he runs and our flaiings and bitching mean absolutely nothing.

Borges will be the OC in 2014 no matter how poorly the offense performs in the last two games.  His boss thinks he does "a fantastic job" and that doesnt usually equate to termination.



November 24th, 2013 at 5:42 PM ^

Mods should delete this.  It's not news; it's un-named coaches who seem not to know shit about the situation speculating.  For all we know, the coaches could be Rich Rodriguez and Urban Meyer.


November 24th, 2013 at 6:39 PM ^

It has more to do with what we do if we fire Hoke. If Brandon has feelers out with a couple top-notch coaches the internet rumor mongering suggests (one of the Harbaughs, Les Miles, Sumlin) and one of them accepts, then there's no instability.


I'll use John  Harbaugh as the example here mostly because of all the rumors, he seems like the likliest candidate. If we fired Hoke on a Tuesday and hired John Harbaugh on a Thursday, there's almost no instability. He's universally viewed as a better coach than Hoke. He'd almost assuredly keep Mattison. There'd be little instability in a change like that. 


What would be disastrous would be to fire Hoke and do what we did after fired Rich Rod where we went through "the process."  I hope Brandon does what he should have done a few years ago: have a few names, contact them, if they agree to the job, fire Hoke and name his replacement almost immediately.  If they don't agree, realize that Hoke in year four is better than some second-rate alternative and hope for the best while having a year to prepare for the worst. 


November 25th, 2013 at 12:14 PM ^

that he came to Michigan to coach for Hoke. He clearly deeply enjoys the relationship that he shares with Hoke and that is a significant part of the joy he has coaching at Michigan.  Mattison has made more than enough money to retire should he choose to. He can stay in AA to be close to his family with or without a job at Michigan. 

If he feels that Hoke was fired unfairly it seems very doubtful Mattison would continue as DC. Even if he feels that Hoke was fired fairly, it is unclear that he would stay to coach under a new head coach. 


November 24th, 2013 at 5:42 PM ^

are probably not even talking about how awful we are. At worst, we would have 8-9 wins.

Everyone reads so much into Brady's media speak. Keeping/firing Al will tell us all we need to know about what Brady has been thinking all along. A blind pauper could see it's the only decision to make. If he sticks with gorgeous Al, it will probably cost him his lifelong dream job. If he fires him, pray he can find someone who is a marked improvement, or it might still end the same way.


November 24th, 2013 at 5:44 PM ^

ESPN hasn't been great at sports in a while and I feel as if this "source" is just a guy from the Michigan department sending off a trial balloon.  No way we get Les Miles, and it's a definite low chance of Borges getting fired this week or the next.


Eye of the Tiger

November 24th, 2013 at 5:49 PM ^

Not in 2014, at least. And he probably finishes his contract (through 2015).

Al Borges...well, that's another story. I can see him being replaced--possibly with Scot Loeffler. But it's not a certainty either.

Les Miles? LOL...not going to happen.



November 24th, 2013 at 5:50 PM ^

most of us believe Hoke deserves another year, regardless of the next two games, and that fire Al or not fire Al, he's butt will be on a frying pan (at least medium heat) next year.