Brady Hoke will not be returning as the University of Michigan's head football coach next season, the university announced Tuesday. Hoke has faced mounting criticism from students, alumni, and fans this year as the football team continued to underperform. The season ended last weekend with a loss to Ohio State -- the team's seventh defeat of the year. Hoke's team is only the third Michigan squad in the last 40 years not to play in a bowl game.
Hoke was also criticized in September for allowing a quarterback to stay in a game despite exhibiting symptoms of what would eventually prove to be a concussion. Hundreds of students marched to the home of the university's president, demanding that Hoke and David Brandon, Michigan's athletics director, be fired. Brandon resigned in November. Hoke, who served four seasons as head coach, is owed a $3 million buyout by the university. "This was not an easy decision given the level of respect that I have for Brady," Jim Hackett, the university's interim athletics director, said. "He has done a great job of molding these young men, making them accountable to their teammates, focusing them on success in the classroom and in the community."
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