Michigan football is one of the most iconic and proud programs of all-time in college football. At the moment, they’re one of the most embarrassing programs in the entire nation. Not only are they playing terrible (2-3, 0-1 in the Big Ten), they are showing no signs of getting better. It’s not like this team doesn’t boast talent, they do. They just lack quality coaching, intensity, and motivation. Head coach Brady Hoke has lost control of his team and has now lost the respect of most of the country — after continually playing a visibly injured quarterback in last Saturday’s game. Michigan football has never had trouble selling out the “Big House”, their stadium that holds 110,000 people, but they are now. The Wolverines do not just have to make this switch at head coach, they have to make it now. Here are eight reasons why Hoke has to go and Harbaugh needs to be brought in.
8. The Big Ten Needs Michigan To Be Relevant:
It’s no secret that the Big Ten is in a down period in football. The SEC has been king for awhile, but the Pac-12, Big 12, and ACC have all passed the Big Ten in relative popularity and competitiveness in recent seasons. This shouldn’t happen, the Big Ten is a proud conference. Michigan being bad is a major part of this conference’s slow fall into obscurity. The Big Ten needs Michigan to be dominant, relevant, and routinely on the national stage. If Michigan fired Brady Hoke and brought in Jim Harbaugh it would reenergize a massive fan base and potentially bring Michigan back to its elite status in college football. The Big Ten needs Michigan to get back there as their dominance directly correlates with the Big Ten’s reputation and prestige. Michigan cannot be great with Hoke, they’ve proved that. They must look to be great without him.
7. Hoke Doesn’t Have The Players’ Safety In Mind:
In the second half against Minnesota on Saturday Brady Hoke’s newly-named starting quarterback Shane Morris was visibly injured, but remained in the game. Morris was limping for many plays and then was on the receiving end of a brutal hit to the head. Hoke kept Morris in the game, even when other Michigan players seemed to be calling for Morris to be taken out. Eventually he did come out of the game, but not long enough to undergo proper concussion protocol. Morris reentered the game on Hoke’s command in an awful display of lack of care for the kid. Hopefully he’s not terribly injured moving forward. It was hard to watch as he limped back to Michigan’s huddle. Hoke needs to be held responsible for his actions which endangered a young player that is fighting for a starting job and shouldn’t be able to make the decision to play injured. Morris is a tough kid, but not in a position to make that decision. The head coach is supposed to be the responsible one and Hoke wasn’t.
6. Michigan Football Cannot Sell Tickets With Hoke Coaching:
Tickets to Michigan football games have always been coveted items. Their legendary stadium, the “Big House” has been filled for every game stretching back generations. This year they’re having trouble selling tickets at all. They even put out a deal where a $1.50 coke gets you two free tickets to a game. Pathetic, and a low point that a proud program should never reach. They even resorted to selling their tickets on Groupon, for a discount. This reason, above all, should motivate the university. There is a lot of money in major college sports and Michigan football is as big as it gets — or used to be. The Athletic Director should fire Hoke and bring in a coach that can bring back the excitement for Wolverine football. Not to mention, get people happily paying full-price for tickets to the games again.
5. Hoke Isn’t A True ‘Michigan Man’:
If Brady Hoke was a true ‘Michigan Man’ he’d look at what he’s done to this program and know it’s time to move on. He’d allow another coach to come in and fix the mess that he created. True ‘Michigan Men’ understand that the glory of the program comes above the glory of the coach — not like he’s receiving much glory these days anyway. A true ‘Michigan Man’ would understand that it’s time to move on and that the program will be better without him, because the health of the program should always be the primary concern of ‘Michigan Men.’ Harbaugh could be the man to fix this program, he is a real ‘Michigan Man’ through and through. Although, Hoke most likely missed his opportunity to walk away as he should be chased out of Ann Arbor now, and very well may be.
4. Harbaugh Is Having Troubles In San Francisco:
This is the perfect time to poach Harbaugh from the 49ers. San Francisco isn’t the dominant team it has been the last few years and Harbaugh is on a bit of a hot seat. More so from his own players than the fans though. Many veteran 49ers are complaining about Harbaugh, his approach to coaching, and there is nothing he can do to fix his relationship with them. He’s had some success in San Francisco, but now is the perfect time for him to walk away. He can leave with his pride intact, on his own terms, to take over what he would certainly call his ‘dream job’ at Michigan. The players don’t like him and the fans are getting restless. In Ann Arbor it would be the complete opposite. His intense personality is perfect for the college game and the fans would immediately anoint him king of southeast Michigan for the foreseeable future.
3. Hoke’s Record Against Michigan’s Rivals:
Underwhelming would be the best word to describe Michigan’s play against its rivals in the Hoke era. He is 2-4 against Michigan’s biggest rivals Ohio State and Michigan State. And in Michigan’s final matchup with Notre Dame, which took place earlier this season, his Wolverines got beat 31-0 — the first time Michigan was ever shut out over the course of the historic rivalry. That is not the type of success that Michigan head coaches are supposed to have against their rivals. Plus, in the Hoke era Michigan State has taken over as the dominant team in the state. That is the biggest blemish Hoke’s time in Ann Arbor. He let the ‘little brother’ take over the state as the top dog and has shown no reason to believe he’d get that title back for the Wolverines. For that he must be let go.
2. Hoke Cannot Win Against ‘Power 5’ Teams:
Hoke has posted an abysmal 1-8 record in Michigan’s last nine contests against ‘Power 5’ teams. That doesn’t just make Michigan bad, it makes them a floor mat, essentially a cellar dweller of the Big Ten. Michigan football should never fall to such levels. But maybe Michigan keeps losing games because Hoke doesn’t even wear a headset during the action — for real. He doesn’t call plays or have any immediate input on play calling or personnel decisions. How can you have a coach that doesn’t influence the flow of the game? Plus, he’s able to say things like ‘I wasn’t aware of that’ about things that occur during games because he doesn’t have a headset on. Ignorance isn’t an excuse for the college football coach of one of the most iconic programs in the history of the sport. In fact, it’s a reason to let him go.
1. Harbaugh Can Bring Michigan Football Back:
Harbaugh is the one man that all Big Ten teams do not want Michigan to hire; everyone knows what he could do with this program. And he’s the man the fans want. The second he steps foot in Ann Arbor this program would be buzzing with excitement again. Ticket sales would once again go through the roof and recruits would flock to Harbaugh, who has insane name recognition. His roots with Michigan university are unquestioned and he would get this program headed in the right direction quickly. With Michigan’s illustrious history recruiting is always going to be easy for a big-name coach. Getting back to relevancy shouldn’t take more than a couple years. It would be bad for Big Ten teams if Harbaugh came to Michigan, but it would be great for the conference as a whole. He’d bring a level of dominance to Michigan unseen since the early days of Lloyd Carr. Hoke isn’t going to bring Michigan back, he’s just going to continue to drag them further down. Harbaugh is the man for the job and the man Michigan needs.