Brady Hoke might not be playing for national championships — which many still view as the expectation at Michigan — but does that put him on the hot seat?
Michigan athletics director Dave Brandon said talk of Hoke being on the hot seat is "nonsense."
"That's websites and that's bloggers and that's social media and that's all part of the game that's played out there — let's stir up controversy," Brandon said during a radio interview with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM. His quotes were published at mlive.com. "This happens every year. I can't do very much about that, other than (say), that's nonsense.
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"Brady and his staff are building something very important here. I believe strongly we're moving in the right direction, and I'm looking forward to a great a season coming up. All this hot seat stuff, to me, is just nonsense. I don't pay any attention to it."
The vote of confidence has got to be good news for Hoke, who has been successful in building his kind of program in Ann Arbor.
But it could be irritating news for fans, the ones who lament Michigan's lack of competition for college football's ultimate prizes. The Wolverines are 26-13 in three seasons under Hoke, with those win totals slipping in each season from 11 to eight to seven. Hoke's first season saw an appearance in the Sugar Bowl, a game Michigan won. Since, it's been losses in the Outback Bowl and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.