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Michigan gets their man, Brady Hoke

Brady Hoke (courtesy of San Diego State athletics)

The Michigan Wolverines, despite being turned down by so-called “name” coaches like Les Miles, Jim Harbaugh and Bo Pelini, picked Brady Hoke. Hoke might as well get ready for a lukewarm reception, the same as the man he is replacing did, Rich Rodriguez.

Hoke travels back to  Ann Arbor after successful stints at Ball State and San Diego State in which he went a combined 47-50. He is however a former Michigan assistant coach under Lloyd Carr, from 1995-2002, coaching the defensive line during the 1997 national championship season before leaving to turn around both Ball State and San Diego State.

Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots played for Hoke during their careers at Michigan.

Hoke is a native of Dayton, Ohio.

compiled from staff & University of Michigan athletics news

No more guessing, Rodriguez out as Michigan coach

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All of the speculation that has gone on since Rich Rodriguez arrived in Ann Arbor, can now be put to rest.

After a three year record of 15-22, his time as the Michigan head coach has ended.

There have been several coaches that Michigan wanted but those coaches do not want them: Bo Pelini of Nebraska, Jim Harbaugh of Stanford, but he is now with the San Francisco 49ers. Gary Pinkel of Missouri said no and there were reports that they want LSU’s Les Miles, but he didn’t seem interested when asked at the Cotton Bowl by reporters.

The 47-year-old Rodriguez left Ann Arbor with a tenure that was marred by turmoil and controversy on and off the field. He experienced more losses than the program has had in decades. His ledger includes:

*A 6-18 record in the Big Ten. He went 0-3 against both Michigan State and Ohio State, the Wolverines top two arch-rivals.

* The first losing season at Michigan in more than 40 years. His first team went 3-9; Michigan’s last losing season (4-6) came in 1967 under Bump Elliott.

* Three years of NCAA  probation for five major rules violations. One of the NCAA’s most historic football programs had never been on probation before.

* Michigan’s streak of playing in a bowl game every year since 1975 ended his first year and the second year they did not participate in a bowl. This season, Michigan was hammered in the Gator Bowl by Mississippi State, 52-14, the worst bowl loss in history.

When Rodriguez was hired away from West Virginia, he agreed to a six-year, $15 million contract that stated that he would be paid a $2.5 million buyout if fired on or after January 1, 2011.

compiled from staff & Michigan athletics

Game 12 Preview: Michigan Wolverines at Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio

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The Big Game will be upon us with one more day to go.

Michigan invades Ohio Stadium on Saturday to play Ohio State.

Game time is 12 noon and the game will be aired on ABC-TV.

Michigan enters the yearly-war with a 3-4 record in the Big Ten and 7-4 overall after winning two of its last three games.

The Wolverines are coming off a 48-28 loss at home to Wisconsin last Saturday after winning two in a row over Illinois (67-65 in 3 OT’s) and Purdue (27-16).

Michigan started the season 5-0 with wins over Connecticut, at Notre Dame, Massachusetts, Bowling Green and at Indiana. They could’ve easily lost to Notre Dame, Massachusetts and Indiana, but came through with late rallies to win.

Much-maligned head coach Rich Rodriguez is in his third year in Ann Arbor with a 15-19 mark and a 120-81-2 record overall as a head coach. Despite all the criticism about his coaching abilities, Rodriguez has the Wolverines bowl eligible for the first time in his three-year tenure as coach.

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Before taking the Michigan job, he spent seven seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, West Virginia where he went 60-26, won four Big East titles and took the Mountaineers to two BCS bowls.

With Saturday’s win at Iowa, Ohio State became the first team in Big Ten history to win at least 10 games in six consecutive seasons.

Saturday’s contest will be the 107th meeting in the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan.

Ohio state has won the last five meetings with Michigan and 8 of the last 9 overall. Michigan has not won in Columbus since 2000.

If Ohio State wins on Saturday, it can claim a share of the Big Ten championship with Wisconsin and Michigan State.