Michigan's Brady Hoke says he isn't concerned about his job status
After leading Michigan to a 7-6 record in 2013, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke says he is not concerned about his job status.
"I’ve never worried about what other people think in anything I’ve done," Hoke said, speaking at Big Ten media days in Chicago Monday. "The only pressure is, every day, preparing those guys for life after football."
Despite outside pressure, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says that Hoke's job is safe.
"I have all the confidence in the world that [Hoke is] bringing in the right kids, that he continues to do the right thing in terms of getting his staff lined up," Brandon told The Detroit News. "I’m convinced we’re heading to a very, very good place."
Michigan players were also asked about their coach's perceived hot-seat status.
“Everybody's going to say whatever they want to say,” Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner said, via MLive.com. “My job is to make sure he's not on the hot seat, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to make sure we win football games.”
Hoke is 26-13 in three years with the Wolverines. Michigan was 11-2 in his first season, 2011, including a win over Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. After going 8-5 in 2012, the Wolverines finished 7-6 (3-5 in conference) in 2013, fifth in the Big Ten's Legends Division.
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