Brady Hoke isn’t worried about Michigan legacy
Michigan fans are enjoying life with second-year head coach Jim Harbaugh. But the man Harbaugh replaced, Brady Hoke, isn’t dwelling on how his Michigan tenure went.
In a story by ESPN’s Kevin Gemmell, Hoke, Oregon’s new defensive coordinator, said it’s more important to focus on the present.
“If you worry about your legacy then you are worried about the wrong things,” Hoke told Gemmell. “You have to live day to day. If you worry about legacies, you’re not worrying about what’s important and that’s what you are doing in the present.”
After success at Ball State and San Diego State, Hoke started off well with Michigan. The Wolverines went 11-2 in 2011 in Hoke’s first season, beating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl to finish No. 12 in the AP Poll. But the wins dropped to 8, 7 and then 5 the next three seasons to cost Hoke his job. Michigan went 31-20 in Hoke’s four seasons.
Hoke didn’t coach anywhere during the 2015 season, but he’s now with the Ducks, hoping to help Oregon solve its defensive issues — the Ducks allowed 37.5 points per game.
Life in the Pac-12 will be different than in the Big Ten, of course. In Hoke’s 5-7 season in 2014, Michigan allowed 22.4 points. Even with Oregon’s poor defense a year ago, the Ducks still went 9-4.