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Brady Hoke Out as Michigan Head Coach

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With Hoke fired, three great jobs are now open at Michigan, Florida and Nebraska.

Brady Hoke Out as Michigan Head Coach

Earlier today, the Michigan Wolverines announced that Brady Hoke would be out as head coach of the football team after four years with the program. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, especially with Michigan's disastrous 5-7 season this year and his poor record against the team's biggest rivals: Michigan State and Ohio State. In four years, Hoke was a combined 2-6 against the Buckeyes and Spartans, and I'm sure fans of both teams are sad to see him leave.

Things started well for Hoke in Michigan. In 2011, Hoke led the Wolverines to a 10-2 regular season record and a victory over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl to make it 11-2. But after the honeymoon, things went south in a hurry. Michigan State only went 8-5 in 2012 and lost in the Outback Bowl to South Carolina. Then the team went just 7-5 in 2013 before losing to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Now with a losing record and no bowl game eligibility, it was clear that the downward progression of Hoke was leading to a change.

The news was first reported by Sam Webb, who tweeted this:

With Hoke now out at Michigan, three prestigious head coaching openings exist on the college football landscape: Michigan, the Florida Gators, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Will Muschamp announced earlier this season he was stepping down at Florida, and Bo Pelini was fired as Nebraska's coach yesterday. If I had to rank the three jobs, it would be Michigan, Florida, Nebraska, though I've gone back and forth on one and two a few times now. Florida is one of the best jobs in the SEC, like Michigan is in the Big Ten. There are major recruiting advantages at both schools, not to mention plenty of history. I think the Michigan position still holds a little more weight though, and there are plenty of rumors about big names (like John Harbough) being sought after as replacements.

Whoever is named the replacement, he won't be following a tough act.

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