When Wolverine alum Jim Harbaugh was hired by Michigan last December, almost everyone in the universe viewed it as a ‘home-run’ hire and the best hire of the offseason. However, ex-head coach Brady Hoke is not ready to proclaim that sentiment just yet.
While appearing on Matt Dery’s show on Friday on WMGC-FM, Hoke was not yet ready to praise his successor at Michigan.
“Everyone has an opinion,” Hoke said (as reported by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press). “I don’t know ever if there’s a home run hire, to be honest with you. I think that’s probably more mediaspeak than anything else and I guess I’m in the media, so I’ll be using that terminology. I think it’s a guy who, obviously, loves his school — seems to love it — and that’s where he wants to be. That’s all you can ask for.”
Hoke kind of played the middle with that statement, as he did not knock or praise the hiring of Harbaugh to replace him.
However, with what Harbaugh has accomplished (which is a fine read by our own Adam Biggers) thus far on top on Hoke’s failures (two straight 3-5 finishes in the Big 10), his comments seem hallow. Hoke had some other interesting things to say regarding his firing, how he views the team, the handling of Shane Morris’ concussion and a variety of other issues. as Snyder nicely detailed in his article.
Michigan is set to open their season on September 3 at Utah.