December 2, 2014
Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett announced Tuesday that Brady Hoke will not be returning as football coach next season.
Brady Hoke will not be returning as the U-M football coach. (Photo courtesy of Michigan Athletics)
"I met with coach Hoke today and informed him of my decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program," Hackett said. "This was not an easy decision given the level of respect that I have for Brady. He has done a great job of molding these young men, making them accountable to their teammates, focusing them on success in the classroom and in the community.
"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."
"I feel very fortunate to have been an assistant and head coach at the University of Michigan," Hoke said. "I will always support the university and this football program. This is a special place and one that Laura, Kelly and I have enjoyed representing during our time in Ann Arbor.
"I want to thank all of the sons that played for our teams and appreciate the commitment that our coaches and support staff made to the program every day. I will miss the relationships that I've been fortunate enough to make within this university and community.
"I additionally appreciate all of the support that our fans, alumni, students, administration and former players have provided our program. I leave with fond memories of my experience at Michigan. Thanks and Go Blue!"
Hoke became the 19th head coach in Michigan football history on Jan. 11, 2011. A former assistant coach at U-M (1995-2002), Hoke guided the Wolverines to a 31-20 record (18-14 in the Big Ten) in his four seasons as head coach.
Hoke led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and Allstate Sugar Bowl victory in his first season at the helm, while U-M finished the 2012 season with an 8-5 mark following a bid to the Outback Bowl.
The Wolverines went 7-6 in 2013 and made an appearance in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Michigan finished the 2014 season with a 5-7 record.
Mike DeBord will oversee the day-to-day aspects of the football program as sport administrator until a new head coach is hired. Hackett will begin a search for a replacement immediately.