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Any chance Michigan coach Brady Hoke had of salvaging his job was stomped on by the thousands of Rutgers fans that stormed the field following the Scarlet Knights’ 26-24 win.
With 3 minutes remaining, freshman Kemoko Turay blocked a 55-yard field goal try from Matt Wile to secure Rutgers' first-ever Big Ten win. It was Turay's third block of the season and Rutgers’ 17th blocked kick since 2012.
But Rutgers' elation was Michigan’s disappointment as Hoke’s team continued to add negative notations to the record book. The Wolverines, who have lost nine of their last 12 games, are now 0-2 in Big Ten play for the first time in 47 years.
Following the game, Hoke was asked what he should tell his players after losing their third consecutive game.
“What do you tell them? You’ve got to win the next one,” Hoke said. “You’ve got to go back to work. That’s what this is all about, developing a team.”
Hoke also was asked if he thought he’d be around in January.
“I don’t know. I don’t think about that stuff. I’ve got 115 sons. Every day is different,” Hoke said. “You get distractions all the time. I know we’re going to do the right things for these kids to be a coach.”
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon told media this week that he plans to wait until the end of the season to evaluate his coaches, but it’s clear Hoke’s teams aren’t getting any better and the schedule doesn’t get any easier.
And hey, if you ask Michigan receiver Devin Funchess, wins and losses don't really matter.
Funchess also said they don't need a win next week. Wins and losses are a "statistic."
— Max Cohen (@MaxACohen) October 5, 2014
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