Sunday will be the start of a very important period for University of Michigan coach, Brady Hoke. His third season has ended and now it’s time to continue recruiting, prepare for spring football and then try to turn his Wolverines back into Big Ten contenders.
The last two NCAA football seasons, especially this one, can easily be considered disappointments for Hoke and his staff. They were outclassed all season long by Michigan State. A narrow loss to Ohio State was some consolation, but the Wolverines still did lose.
Hoke realizes when he took the job three years ago that the whole idea was Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl appearances. His first season, when the Wolverines did beat Ohio State and won the Sugar Bowl, got him off to a great start and made him more than just a consolation prize to Michigan’s failure to hire Jim Harbaugh.
His biggest challenge will be coming up with a Wolverine offense that can take the team to the Big Ten title. Right now, he doesn’t have the talent set up for that. Previous recruiting classes which were considered outstanding could help Hoke get the Wolverines to a loftier level if he’s able to get them to realize their potential.
But Hoke during the offseason needs to revise the playbook, re-examine his personnel and make Michigan pertinent again in the Big Ten. The Wolverines haven’t been a factor in the Big Ten since Lloyd Carr left as head coach six years ago. They need to be pertinent next year if Hoke, heading into his fourth year as head coach, plans on sticking around for a fifth season.