The First 40
With the 52-14 win over Appalachian State, Brady Hoke has now coached 40 games for Michigan, with a record of 27-13. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 40 games for the maize and blue?
Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 40 games.
National Championship Comparison
The “M Head Coach” line makes a sharp increase between games 37 and 38. This is because Rich Rodriguez was Head Coach for Michigan for a total of 37 games, with 15 victories in that time. His low total of 15 wins is no longer factored into the Michigan Head Coach average number of wins once the discussion begins of Head Coaches who have coached 38 games or more for Michigan.
Brady Hoke Wins in first 40 games: 27
- Michigan Head Coach average is 30.7; Median is 32.0.
- National Champ Head Coach average is 31.3; Median is 32.0.
The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.
The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.