By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor
The Brady Hoke era in Ann Arbor is over.
University of Michigan interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett announced Tuesday that Hoke has been fired as the football team’s head coach.
The move comes just four days after a 42-28 defeat to Ohio State, sealing a 5-7 record with no postseason appearance. It’s the third time Michigan failed to make a bowl since 2009. From 1975-2007, the team qualified for postseason play each year.
“I met with coach Hoke today and informed him of my decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program,” said Hackett in a statement released by the university’s athletic department. “This was not an easy decision given the level of respect that I have for Brady. He has done a great job of molding these young men, making them accountable to their teammates, focusing them on success in the classroom and in the community.
“I wanted to make sure that Brady received adequate time to exhibit the results that would come from his effort and I believe that Brady and our coaching staff had enough time to produce those results and unfortunately they are not there. In the end, I feel that moving in a different direction is the right decision. I wish Brady and his family all the best in the future.”
Hackett said interim sports administrator Mike DeBord will “oversee the day-to-day aspects of the football program as sport administrator until a new head coach is hired.”
Hoke was hired on Jan. 11, 2011 to replace Rich Rodriguez as Michigan’s head coach. Behind quarterback Denard Robinson, Hoke led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record and Sugar Bowl championship.
Since then, Michigan has experienced disappointment under Hoke as its win total has dropped each season. The Wolverines have lost their last two postseason appearances — the 2012 Outback Bowl and 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
“I feel very fortunate to have been an assistant and head coach at the University of Michigan,” Hoke said, in a statement released by the university’s athletic department. “I will always support the University and this football program. This is a special place and one that Laura, Kelly and I have enjoyed representing during our time in Ann Arbor.
“I want to thank all of the sons that played for our teams and appreciate the commitment that our coaches and support staff made to the program every day. I will miss the relationships that I’ve been fortunate enough to make within this university and community.”
Rodriguez, the man who Hoke replaced at Michigan, took over as Arizona’s head coach in 2012.