Last season Michigan went just 3-5 in the Big Ten and 7-6 overall, and for the second straight year failed to win a bowl game. But athletic director Dave Brandon said in a radio appearance Thursday that any talk surrounding head coach Brady Hoke's job security is "nonsense."
In an appearance on 105.1 FM, Brandon addressed Hoke's performance:
"That’s websites and that’s bloggers and that’s social media and that’s all part of the game played out there. Let’s stir up controversy. This happens every year and I can’t do very much about that other than, it’s nonsense. Brady and his staff are building something very important here and I believe strongly we’re moving in the right direction. I’m looking forward to a great season coming up and all this hot seat stuff is nonsense, I don’t pay any attention to it."
After starting last season 5-0, Michigan lost six of its final eight games, and five of its last six. The Wolverines' only victory in that span was a triple-overtime win over Northwestern, which finished 1-7 in the Big Ten.
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- Alex Hampl