After an 11-2 record in his first season at Michigan, coach Brady Hoke’s record slipped each season. The university fired Hoke on Tuesday after four seasons and a record of 31-20 with the winningest program in college football history.
Couldn't maintain early success
Michigan Under Brady Hoke
Michigan won 16 of its 1st 20 games under Hoke, including the 2012 Sugar Bowl (2011 season), but the Wolverines are 15-16 in 31 games since then.
Michigan won its first 19 home games under Hoke but has gone 4-5 at the Big House since, including a 4-3 mark at home this season.
Couldn't beat the rivals
Hoke -– like Rich Rodriguez before him -- struggled against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, going 2-6 against those schools (Rodriguez was 0-6). Those were games won regularly under Lloyd Carr, Gary Moeller and Bo Schembechler (who were a combined 16-7-1 against the Spartans and Buckeyes). Hoke became the third coach in program history to lose at least three times in the first four meetings with Ohio State.
Michigan lost each of its two trophy games -- to Michigan State (Paul Bunyan Trophy) and Minnesota (Little Brown Jug) -- in the same season for the first time since 1967.
Could have kept Rodriguez?
Rodriguez was fired after three seasons at Michigan in 2010 despite his record improving each season. After a year off, Rodriguez was hired at Arizona in 2012, and the Wildcats have had the better record since, posting a .684 winning percentage to Michigan's .526. Rodriguez has six wins against AP-ranked teams in that span. Hoke had one.
The difference was most stark this season: Arizona will play for the Pac-12 title Friday, and Michigan fell short of bowl eligibility.
Why the Wolverines struggled
Michigan had the worst turnover margin in the Big Ten this season at -16. That tied for fourth-worst in the nation.
The Wolverines ranked 88th in offensive efficiency this season; their offense was about two points per game worse than that of an average FBS team. In 2013, Michigan ranked 47th in offensive efficiency and contributed about six points per game to the team's scoring margin more than an overage offensive unit would.
And the fans stopped coming
Michigan’s streak of 16 years leading the nation in average attendance was snapped this season by Ohio State. The Wolverines last failed to lead the nation in attendance in 1997 (Tennessee), the only time in the previous 40 seasons Michigan was not tops in the country.