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How Does Brady Hoke Stack Up Against Wolverines' Former Coaches?

Phil CallihanContributor IJuly 4, 2014

How Does Brady Hoke Stack Up Against Wolverines' Former Coaches?

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    Brady Hoke expounded on the importance of tradition when he became Michigan’s head coach. Now entering his fourth season, high expectations fueled by the storied past of Michigan football threaten to swamp the program.

    Program Winning Percentage 1969-2007 (at least 400 games played)
    RankTeamWinning %WinsLossesTiesTotal Games
    1 Nebraska0.79979 38394 5 482
    2 Michigan0.77612  360101 8 469
    3 Ohio St.0.76609 353105 8 466
      Source:  Stassen.COM    

    Fans in Ann Arbor, spoiled by a 40-year run of success, are eager to forget the disappointment of the last six seasons.

    Program Winning Percentage 2008-2013
    RankTeamWinning %WinsLossesTiesTotal Games
    53t Toledo0.544674134 0 75
    55t Michigan0.539474135 0 76
      Source:  Stassen.COM    

    Here’s a look back at the first three seasons of Michigan football coaches since 1969. How does Brady Hoke compare? 

Bo Schembechler

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    28-5 (1969-71)

    Two Big Ten Championships (one outright, one shared)

    0-2 Bowl Record

    Rivalry Record: 2-1 vs. MSU, 2-1 vs. OSU

    Schembechler returned to Ann Arbor and helped reignite the Michigan vs. Ohio State rivalry in his first season, upsetting the Buckeyes by a score of 24-12.

    The loss ended a 22-game unbeaten streak for Ohio State, sending Michigan to the Rose Bowl.

    The bitter defeat ended Ohio State’s season, which may be hard to imagine nowadays with a virtually unlimited number of bowl games. However, back then, it was the Rose Bowl or bust for Big Ten schools.

    Schembechler won or shared two Big Ten titles in his first three seasons, setting the bar for every Michigan coach to follow him. 

Gary Moeller

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    Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller
    Bo Schembechler and Gary MoellerDOUG SHERIDAN/Associated Press

    28-5-3 (1990-92)

    Three Big Ten Championships (two outright, one shared)

    2-1 Bowl Record

    Rivalry Record: 1-1-1 vs. ND, 2-1 vs. MSU, 2-0-1 vs. OSU

    Gary Moeller, Schembechler’s hand-picked successor, practically duplicated the initial three-season run of his mentor.

    Both Moeller and Schembechler won 28 games in their first three seasons.

    While Moeller had three ties, he also won or shared three Big Ten titles.

    Moeller is also credited with opening up the Michigan offense, setting the stage for Desmond Howard to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Lloyd Carr

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    29-8 (1995-97)

    National Championship, One Big Ten Championship

    1-2 Bowl Record

    Rivalry Record: 1-0 vs. ND, 2-1 vs. MSU, 3-0 vs. OSU

    Moeller, who suffered the unenviable task of replacing a legend, chafed under the pressure and eventually resigned after a drunken arrest at a local restaurant.

    However, he left the cupboard full for his replacement.

    Lloyd Carr not only won one more game during his first three seasons than Schembechler and Moeller, he also captured something that had eluded Michigan since 1948—a national championship. 

Rich Rodriguez

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    15-22 (2008-10)

    No Big Ten Championships

    0-1 Bowl

    Rivalry Record: 2-1 vs. ND, 0-3 vs. MSU, 0-3 vs. OSU

    When Rich Rodriguez succeeded Carr for the 2008 season, it seemed to mark the beginning of a new era for Michigan football.

    Unfortunately, it was an era of unprecedented decline.

    Rodriguez struggled to retool the program for his offense and never was able to field a competent defense.

    Strife with former players and an NCAA investigation dealt Rodriguez blows that he couldn’t overcome. 

Brady Hoke

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    26-13 (2011-13)

    No Big Ten Championships

    1-2 Bowl Record

    Rivalry Record: 2-1 vs. ND, 1-2 vs. MSU, 1-2 vs. OSU

    Hoke was hired to get Michigan back on top and had great success in his first season, going 11-2 and winning a BCS bowl game.

    Clearly Rodriguez didn’t leave the cupboard bare, either.

    Unfortunately, Hoke has struggled to repeat the success of his initial season.

    Michigan hasn’t won a Big Ten title or even played in the conference championship game under Hoke and has lost two straight bowl games. Hoke also has a losing record in rivalry games (4-5). 

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