Michigan football coach Brady Hoke comments on Jim Tressel's resignation
In mid-May at the Big Ten spring meetings in Chicago, former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel called new Michigan coach Brady Hoke "awesome." He thought he was good for the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, a yearly matchup Tressel lived for a decade. On Monday, in the midst of a scandal and cover-up, Tressel resigned.
And a day later, Hoke had something to say.
“I have great respect for Jim Tressel and what he has accomplished during his coaching career," Hoke said in a statement released by Michigan late Tuesday. "We enjoy competing in ‘The Game’ and have great respect for our rivals in Ohio. Our program looks forward to the last weekend of November.”
Instead of facing Tressel in his first Michigan-Ohio State game as a head coach, Hoke will go against fellow first-year coach Luke Fickell. Fickell was named interim coach for the entire 2011 Ohio State season on Monday.
It'll mark the first time since 1929 and fifth time in history both schools will have a head coach in their first year at the school on the sidelines.