Brady Hoke Through 44 Games

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The First 44

With the 30-14 loss to Minnesota, Brady Hoke has now coached 44 games for Michigan, with a record of 28-16. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 44 games for the maize and blue?

44 games L Minn
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

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 44 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
44 games L Minn

Summary

trend graph 44 games L Minn
Brady Hoke Wins in first 44 games: 28

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 33.4; Median is 34.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 34.9; Median is 35.

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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Brady Hoke Through 43 Games

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The First 43

With the 26-10 loss to Utah, Brady Hoke has now coached 43 games for Michigan, with a record of 28-15. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 43 games for the maize and blue?

43 games L Utah
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

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 43 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
43 games L Utah

Summary

trend graph 43 games L Utah

Brady Hoke Wins in first 43 games: 28

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 32.7; Median is 33.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 34.2; Median is 34.0.

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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Brady Hoke Through 42 Games

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The First 42

With the 34-10 win over Miami, Brady Hoke has now coached 42 games for Michigan, with a record of 28-14. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 42 games for the maize and blue?

42 games W Miami

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 42 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
42 games W Miami

Summary

trend graph 42 games W Miami

Brady Hoke Wins in first 42 games: 28

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 32.2; Median is 33.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 33.5; Median is 34.0.

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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Brady Hoke Through 41 Games

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The First 41

With the 31-0 loss to Notre Dame, Brady Hoke has now coached 41 games for Michigan, with a record of 27-14. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 41 games for the maize and blue?

41 Games L NDame
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 41 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
41 games L ND

Summary

Trend Graph 41 games L ND
Brady Hoke Wins in first 40 games: 27

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 31.3; Median is 32.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 32.5; Median is 33.0.

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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Brady Hoke Through 40 Games

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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?

40 Games W App St
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 40 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
40 games W App St

Summary

Trend Graph 40 games W App St

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.

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Brady Hoke’s Michigan Trendline

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With Team 135 set to kick off the season in 11 days, Fergodsakes.com wanted to review where Brady Hoke ranks, according to the numbers, in the pantheon of Michigan football coaches.

Brady Hoke is 26-13 as Michigan’s Head Coach. Among the nine coaches who have been Head Coach of Michigan football for 39 games, Hoke’s 26 wins ranks tied for seventh.

Start of 2014 season

The immortal Fielding H. Yost leads the way with 38.5 wins (Yost had 38 wins and one tie in his first 39 games; for purposes of counting wins, ties are counted as half of a win). Michigan coaches averaged nearly 30 wins in their first 39 games; the median number of wins in their first 39 games is 31 wins.

Coach Hoke got off to a great start at Michigan, going 11-2 in his first season. Somewhere along the line his trendline tapered off. Where did Hoke stop “keeping up with the Joneses?”

Trendline Graph thru 39 games

There are three factors that have contributed to Hoke not keeping pace with Michigan coaching legends of the past. The first is the miserable last six games of the 2013 season, starting with the game in East Lansing against Michigan State. Including the bowl game, Michigan was 1-5 in those last six games. Prior to that, Hoke’s trendline was actually tracking above that of Michigan coaches of the past, and was tracking right along with National Championship coaches of the BCS era.

The second factor contributing to Brady Hoke’s record not keeping pace with Michigan coaching legends of the past is the remarkable success of Michigan football. As Head Coach of Michigan football, Hoke has a winning percentage of 0.667 through 39 games, yet this ranks in a tie for seventh out of nine coaches who have coached at least 39 games for the maize and blue. Of the nine head coaches with 39 games under their belt for Michigan, five have won national titles; another is named Schembechler; two others are Gary Moeller and Bump Elliott; and one is Brady Hoke. With Michigan as the leader in total wins in all of college football, Hoke has some incredibly high standards to try to live up to. The college football landscape has changed in the last few decades, and there is more high level competition in any given year than there ever was before. There are incredibly talented players in every NCAA football program. I’m not sure the same could be said for the Yost era, or even the Schembechler era.

The third factor is the Rich Rodriguez Effect. Rodriguez was 15-22 as Michigan’s Head Coach. He coached a total of 37 games for the Wolverines, and his win total dragged down the average number of wins by Michigan coaches through those 37 games. But starting with Game 38, Rodriguez’s record no longer factored into the trendline of wins by Michigan coaches simply because Rodriguez never coached 38 games for Michigan. In short, Hoke’s trendline is now comparing to the more successful Michigan coaches – those who have been around for at least the same number of games as Hoke (39 games entering the 2014 season).

This 2014 season, Hoke’s fourth with Michigan, will be interesting in terms of Hoke’s trendline. Fergodsakes will be tracking it throughout the year.

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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

Summary

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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Brady Hoke Through 38 Games

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The First 38

With the 42-41 loss to Ohio State, Brady Hoke has now coached 38 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-12.

38 Games L OSU
All ties are counted as one-half of a win.

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 38 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ 38 Games L OSU

Summary

Avg Graph 38 Games L OSU
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 38 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 29.1; Median is 30.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 29.9; Median is 30.5.

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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Brady Hoke Through 37 Games

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The First 37

With the 24-21 loss to Iowa, Brady Hoke has now coached 37 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-11.

37 Games L Iowa

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 37 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ 37 Games L Iowa

Summary

Avg Graph 37 Games L Iowa

Brady Hoke Wins in first 37 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 26.8; Median is 28.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 29.3; Median is 29.5.

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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Brady Hoke Through 36 Games

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The First 36

With the 27-19 triple overtime win over Northwestern, Brady Hoke has now coached 36 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-10.

36 Games W NW

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 36 games.

National Championship Comparison

36 Games W NW

Summary

Avg Graph 36 Games W NW

Brady Hoke Wins in first 36 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 26.1; Median is 28.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 28.5; Median is 28.5.

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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