UM's Hoke isn't getting worked up about future

By Angelique S. ChengelisThe Detroit News

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he hasn't given much thought to whether he will return as the Wolverines' head coach next season.

Hoke appeared Friday morning on The Dan Patrick Show on the eve of Michigan's night game against Penn State at Michigan Stadium. Michigan is 2-4, 0-2 Big Ten.

Patrick asked if Hoke has an assurance he will coach next season.

"I don't even think about that because if you get distracted and all that kind of stuff … we're humbled to be here, we love being here, this is the greatest institution in the country," Hoke said. "I can tell you we're just focused in on the 115 sons. Those are the guys we've got to make sure we're doing our work as coaches for those guys."

Hoke was asked how he maintains his "sanity" in the aftermath of the national attention focused on the program regarding player safety and while in the midst of a losing season.

"We've got a group of kids who have completely every week, every day, came into our building here, whether it's a lift, whether it's a conditioning run, whether it's a practice who they work their tails off," Hoke said. "We've talked about since last January being a hard-working team, and that's what they've come and done. The leadership throughout our team, we've got a lot of young players on our team, and the older guys have done a nice job, the younger guys have done a nice job of the accountability to each other. We've got to execute better on Saturdays but from a work standpoint, they've been great."

In light of the Minnesota game on Sept. 27 and playing Morris after a hard hit that appeared to leave him wobbly — it was later revealed he was diagnosed with a "probable mild concussion" and high ankle sprain – Hoke said Michigan has tried to learn from mistakes and is working to improve on-field communications between the medical and training staffs and coaches.

Patrick asked if there's anything the public doesn't know about the matter.

"No, no, not really," Hoke said. "I know there are a couple different statements. I think everybody pretty much understands where we've got to be better. We're not going to hide from it. We're going to fix the problems that may be here."

Hoke said it was difficult having his character and integrity challenged in the wake of the Morris incident.

"People who know me, know better, let's put it that way," he said.