brady hoke en Brady Hoke's sophomore slump <p>This time last year, Brady Hoke was the darling of Michigan football fans.&nbsp;</p><p>He’d charmed everybody at his first press conference, then led a team that had averaged just five wins a year to a 10-2 regular-season record, with thrilling wins over Notre Dame, Nebraska and arch-rival Ohio State.</p><p>Then he capped it all off with an overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl.&nbsp;</p><p>The man could do no wrong.</p><p>When he referred to injuries as “boo-boos” and Ohio State as “Ohio,” fans did not conclude he was an ignoramus who knew nothing about the greatest rivalry in sports, but a motivational genius, who understood exactly what the duel was all about.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10140 at Brady Hoke's sophomore slump UM's Brady Hoke named Big Ten "Coach of the Year" <p>The University of Michigan&#39;s first-year head football coach was given Big Ten &quot;Coach of the Year&quot; honors by other conference coaches and by members of the media.</p><p>Hoke led the Wolverines to a 10-2 season overall, including a win against rival Ohio State.</p><p>From <a href=""></a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) that University of Michigan head football coach <strong><a href="">Brady Hoke</a></strong> was chosen as the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year, as selected by conference coaches, and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as picked by the media.</p><p>Hoke is the sixth first-year coach to earn the McClain Coach of the Year award, which dates back to 1972 and is named for the former Wisconsin coach. This is the inaugural awarding of the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year honor, which pays tribute to Ohio State&#39;s Woody Hayes and Michigan&#39;s Bo Schembechler.</p></blockquote><p> reports Hoke joins former Michigan coach Fielding Yost as the only coaches in Michigan&#39;s history to win at least 10 games in their first season as head coach. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 19:32:31 +0000 Mark Brush 5195 at UM's Brady Hoke named Big Ten "Coach of the Year" UM's football coach inks lucrative contract <p><a href="">Brady Hoke </a>signed a six year contract Monday, that could average out to $3.25 million a year.&nbsp; <a href="">The Associated Press </a>reports Hoke will be paid $2 million in the first year of the contract:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>Hoke will be paid $2 million this year and his base salary will increase by $100,000 each season. Hoke will earn a $1.5 million &quot;stay bonus&quot; after his third year and another $1.5 million &quot;stay bonus&quot; if he is still leading college football&#39;s winningest program in the sixth season of his contract.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The Associated Press also quoted U of M Athletic Director Dave Brandon expressing confidence in Hoke.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;It&#39;s a big job with a lot of expectations and we feel very good about how much we&#39;re compensating him to help us reach those expectations.&quot;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Brady Hoke replaced <a href="">Rich Rodriguez</a> who lost the Wolverine head coaching job after three lackluster seasons and an NCAA investigation. Hoke was an assistant coach under Lloyd Carr before becoming a successful head coach at Ball State and San Diego State University.</p><p>&nbsp;Hoke issued this statement on his new contract:</p><p><em>The contract was handled by my agent and the University. My focus has been on the football program and will continue to be on making this program the best in America. I couldn&rsquo;t tell you what&rsquo;s in the contract other than my signature. The University offered Laura and I an opportunity to coach at Michigan and that&rsquo;s been my dream. Nothing will change my focus. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:18:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 1845 at UM's football coach inks lucrative contract UM introduces Brady Hoke, new head football coach <p>The University of Michigan's athletic department held a press conference to introduce the program's new head football coach, Brady Hoke.</p><p>David Brandon says he spent a lot of time in the past few days crisscrossing the country interviewing coaches. He said he spent hours interviewing coaches saying despite what is often reported in the press, "all that glitters is not gold."</p><p>Brandon introduced Hoke saying he's "a player's coach" and said he's someone who knows Ann Arbor and someone who loves the University of Michigan.</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:25:01 +0000 Mark Brush 850 at UM introduces Brady Hoke, new head football coach Brady Hoke named as UM's football coach <p><strong>Update: 5:00 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The <a href="">University of Michigan's athletic department</a> announced today that <a href="">San Diego State University’s</a> Brady Hoke will lead the Wolverine football program.</p><p>Brady Hoke is no stranger to Ann Arbor. He worked as an assistant coach for the Wolverines for 8 seasons including on 1997’s national championship squad.</p><p>Hoke’s 28 year career includes stops at Grand Valley State, Western Michigan, and Toledo.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:00:06 +0000 Steve Carmody & Mark Brush 837 at Brady Hoke named as UM's football coach Michigan names Brady Hoke new Wolverine football coach The University of Michigan Athletic Department has announced that San Diego State University football coach Brady Hoke will be the next Wolverine football coach, succeeding Rich Rodriguez. Here's the U of M statement Hoke Named Michigan Football Coach ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 11) the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:06:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 836 at Michigan names Brady Hoke new Wolverine football coach