As we all know, some of the reputations on the coaching staff took a bit of a hit this year. Whether it was Darrell Funk and the offensive line's horrendous play or Al Borges and the ridiculous game plans at times, there's no question fans have lost some faith.
Does Brady Hoke even deserve some of the heat? From the minute of his introductory press conference at Michigan up until this season, he basically could do no wrong. However, that magic wore off a bit this season, and the fans' image of him may have been brought back down to Earth a bit.
Still, all of the coaches mentioned can redeem themselves big time in this bowl game. If Funk prepares the offensive line and they then go out and give a great performance against a dominating South Carolina front seven, he will gain back a lot of respect.
Borges will also reassure many fans if he is able to use both Gardner and Robinson in creative ways that highlight each player's athleticism.
However, if the offense struggles mightily in this game, only more and more heat will be put on the offensive staff.