Brady Hoke Through 39 Games

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The First 39

With the 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Brady Hoke has now coached 39 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-13. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 39 games for the maize and blue?

39 games L K State

Ties are counted as 0.5 wins.

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 39 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
Nat Champ 39 games L K State

Bowl Game Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s bowl wins in first three bowl games versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
Nat Champ Bowl Games 3 L K State


Avg Graph 39 Games L K State

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 39 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 29.8; Median is 31.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 30.8; Median is 31.0.

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.

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