Brady Hoke Fired From Carolina Panthers

Submitted by CincyBlue on December 3rd, 2018 at 10:21 AM

Per Tom Pelissero on Twitter:

The #Panthers have fired multiple assistant coaches, including DL coach Brady Hoke and CBs coach Jeff Imamura, per sources.



December 3rd, 2018 at 10:26 AM ^

Why not just retire? I mean, he is still reasonably young and might just truly love the work. But man, who wants to move his family every year or two when they (at least, should) have large sums of cash waiting in the bank? 

Ali G Bomaye

December 3rd, 2018 at 1:18 PM ^

Also the luckiest season I've ever seen. Not that I'm complaining, but we probably should have lost to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, and could have blown The Game against a mediocre OSU team if Braxton Miller could hit an open receiver. If we go 9-4 instead of 11-2 in 2011, Hoke's tenure feels very different.


December 3rd, 2018 at 2:51 PM ^

Sadly correct. However, if we beat Florida, I think you'd have an argument. Is beating the weakest OSU team in the 21st Century and magic unicorns farting rainbows to 11-2, greater than the same record on a much firmer basis with the only two losses to the #3 and #5 teams pre-bowl games? It's not obvious to me.


December 3rd, 2018 at 10:33 AM ^

Well, no. Most coaches didn't make $5 million a year for 3 or 4 years at UM. If he was even reasonably cautious, he should have an 8-figure IRA/401K/TIAA lying around. He's almost 60 now. I just can't see wanting to move my family from city to city at that point. But if he truly loves the work still, more power to him! 


December 3rd, 2018 at 10:44 AM ^

What was his total compensation for the UM gig? Plus he probably made decent money before that, and is old enough to have some compounded gains. 8-figs is still hard to pull off after you factor in taxes, plus the fact that he's probably spending quite a bit more on convenience than the rest of us (e.g. moving, temporary housing, no time for groceries and meal prep etc). Not that you need 8  to retired (I'd be happy with 7 lol) 

Also I think his family is basically his wife, since his daughter is out of the house.

Either way, maybe he hangs it up now and then you'll be right. 


December 3rd, 2018 at 11:26 AM ^

Why would you ever retire from coaching football?   I spend several hours a week on MGoBlog and fantasy football.  I've I could get paid several hundred thousand (million some years) to coach football I would do it till I died.  Look at Greg Mattison.  Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier both came back.    It's like you're an old guy playing chess in the park, but your pieces are elite athletes.   Sad Brady hasn't caught on with a long term gig, but I think most football coaches are transitory.  Half of all teams have losing seasons (on average) and those coaches get let go fairly quickly.


December 3rd, 2018 at 12:30 PM ^

Exactly!  I wouldn't blame Brady Hoke for continuing to work at coaching football for as long as he can find jobs doing that. When people say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life", think of Brady Hoke coaching football.

If Jim Harbaugh and Greg Mattison called him today and asked him to come up to Ann Arbor and volunteer to help the defensive linemen prepare for Florida and maybe stick around to help with recruiting in January, I think that Brady Hoke might start walking from Charlotte.


December 3rd, 2018 at 1:51 PM ^

While I would have said no way a few years ago (since many of his players were still on the team), at this point that would no longer be a concern.  The case for Hoke:

1.  Was a hell of a recruiter (aside from Mo Hurst, he also was the primary recruiter for Tom Brady);

2.  Has an obvious love for Michigan

3.  Before his time at Michigan, he was considered to be a very good d-line coach

That said, I still don't think it would ever happen.  Too many alum and fans don't want him anywhere near our team since his tenure was a failure.  Also, it would just be weird for him to walk by Harbaugh's office every day knowing that it was once his office.  Finally, it's a distraction - the media would be all over the story of our former head coach coming back as a position coach - and Harbaugh probably doesn't want the distraction.