The Wolverines will have plenty of time to find a new head coach after losing out on bowl eligibility this season with a 5-7 record.
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Michigan Wolverines football head coach Brady Hoke has been fired by the school after posting a 5-7 record, their worst since 2009.
Interim athletic director Jim Hackett is expected to make the official announcement later this afternoon, but all inside media outlets have confirmed that Hackett will announce Hoke’s firing. This comes on the heels of a 5-7 record, Michinga’s first year without a bowl game or losing season since 2009.
Hoke was hired as the head coach in 2011 after successful stints as head coach of the Ball State Cardinals and the San Diego State Aztecs. Hoke had put together winning seasons in three of his last four years with the two schools. In his first season with Michigan, the Wolverines went 10-2 in the regular season, winning the Big Ten Coach of the Year Award and earning a spot in the Sugar Bowl where they beat Virginia Tech 23-20 in overtime. The following two seasons the Wolverines went a combined 15-11, losing the Outback Bowl to South Carolina in 2012 and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to Kansas State in 2013.
In 2014 the Wolverines were unable to string together wins, losing in embarrassing fashion to Notre Dame, Utah, Rutgers, Minnesota and bitter rival Michigan State. At 5-5, needing only one win to clinch bowl eligibility, the Wolverines had games against a home game against Big Ten newcome Maryland, but lost 16-23. The following week they were dominated by arch-rival Ohio State, ending the season with a 5-7 record and losing bowl eligibility.
Earlier in the season the former athletic director had been fired and rumors that Hoke’s firing was inevitable began to surface. Possible replacements for the job have ranged from NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh to recently-fired Florida head coach Will Muschamp.