College Football: Michigan's Brady Hoke and 10 BCS Championship Coaches

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College Football: Michigan's Brady Hoke and 10 BCS Championship Coaches
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It seems there are some that are concerned that Michigan may have settled by selecting Brady Hoke as their next coach.   After Rich Rodriguez was fired, it seemed that Jim Harbaugh was the odds on favorite to be the next coach.  Once he decided to head to the NFL, all eyes turned to LSU coach Les Miles.  Reports vary on if Miles was even offered the job before they hired Hoke.

Harbaugh and Miles were the superstar names on the list.   By not getting either one of them or by luring some other “named” coach, Michigan has been accused of settling by going with Hoke. 

Looking at the past 10 BCS Champions though, we see that based on the winning coach’s backgrounds, Hoke is the right choice.  It is rare to see a big-name coach from a top flight school jump to another big school and even rarer for them to find success.  The path to championship coaching appears to be finding the next big coach from a mid-major or lower-tier school, rather than luring one away from another established winning program.

One question being asked by some is:  Does Hoke have the experience needed to run a major football program?  Based on this list, the answer is yes.  Also, much is made about Michigan wanting a “Michigan Man.”  The stats show that many of these coaches had previous experience at the school that they eventually won a championship with, and most didn’t have the “Big” school coaching experience.

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