Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has given Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke a public vote of confidence.
In a blog post on the school's website on Wednesday, Brandon said there should be no doubting that Hoke is the man to lead the Michigan program.
Brady Hoke is our coach and will be leading our football program well into the future. There is no question about it. Brady has done a great job rebuilding the program and reshaping the culture to the level it was under coaches Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr. Anyone making efforts to stir up a coaching controversy at Michigan is ill-informed and is likely promoting a personal agenda that is not in the best interest of Michigan Football.
In almost three full seasons in Ann Arbor, Hoke has led the Wolverines to a 26-11 record, including 15-8 in the Big Ten. In 2011, Hoke's first season as a replacement for Rich Rodriguez, Michigan finished 11-2 and reached the Sugar Bowl. But Hoke followed that up with a 7-5 record in 2012, and his team sits 7-4 heading into this weekend's rivalry game with No. 3 Ohio State.
Brandon said that while the program is not winning at the level expected by fans, Hoke and the current staff have the program headed in the right direction.
We don't make excuses at Michigan when we fail to reach our goals, and we never will. We recognize areas we need to address and improve -- and we will. We also know how to hold people accountable for the roles and responsibilities they have as part of the privilege for being a part of Michigan Football -- and we will. However, it is valuable to occasionally step back from the disappointment and frustration that occurs when things don't go as well as expected and consider a few facts that may help put things into proper perspective. Is our program where we want to be? No. We want to consistently compete for championships. That is the expectation at Michigan and that has been Brady's stated expectation from day one. When we don't meet those expectations there's disappointment -- and that starts with Brady, the coaches, players and everyone else that represents our football program. If you saw how hard everyone inside Schembechler Hall works every day, you would understand why they are disappointed. They pour their lives into developing these young people to prepare them to compete at the highest level and consistently win.