UM has new coach, new hope

The University of Michigan has a new head coach and a new direction.

After a stretch that may have been the worst in Michigan football history, Athletic Director Dave Brandon decided it was time to part ways with Head Coach Rich Rodriguez on Jan. 5.

Rodriguez had been the football coach for the Wolverines for the past three seasons. He was previously the head coach for West Virginia.

The University of Michigan had been known as the winningest program in college football history, but with Rodriguez as the coach the Wolverines went 15-22 over the three seasons.

It did not take long for the Wolverines to find the 19th coach in the program’s history. Six days after Rodriguez was fired, former Wolverine asistant coach Brady Hoke was introduced.

Hoke comes to Michigan after showing his coaching skills with both Ball State and San Diego State. Hoke is a true “Michigan Man,” after spending eight years on the staff, including the 1997 national championship team.

UM fans are hopeing Hoke can help the team return to its former status.

“It’s been hard being a Michigan fan lately, so I’m really hoping Brady Hoke can do for the University of Michigan what he did at his previous two stops,” MCCC student Matthew Pitcher said.

“He wasn’t many people’s first choice and he definitely wasn’t mine, but I’m willing to give it a chance,” Pitcher said.