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UPDATE: Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett has announced that Brady Hoke won't be back next season.

“I met with coach Hoke today and informed him of my decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program,†Hackett said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision given the level of respect that I have for Brady. 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. I wanted to make sure that Brady received adequate time to exhibit the results that would come from his effort and I believe that Brady and our coaching staff had enough time to produce those results and unfortunately they are not there. In the end, I feel that moving in a different direction is the right decision. I wish Brady and his family all the best in the future.â€

“I feel very fortunate to have been an assistant and head coach at the University of Michigan,†Brady Hoke said in the same statement. “I will always support the University and this football program. This is a special place and one that Laura, Kelly and I have enjoyed representing during our time in Ann Arbor. I want to thank all of the sons that played for our teams and appreciate the commitment that our coaches and support staff made to the program every day. I will miss the relationships that I’ve been fortunate enough to make within this university and community. I additionally appreciate all of the support that our fans, alumni, students, administration and former players have provided our program. I leave with fond memories of my experience at Michigan. Thanks and Go Blue!â€

Michigan says Hackett will start looking for Hoke's replacement immediately and that sports administrator Mike DeBord will be in charge of the day-to-day football operations in the meantime. 

The rest of this post appears as originally written.

Brady Hoke has been told he's been fired as head coach at Michigan, a source told FOX Sports.

Hoke was 31-20 in four seasons at Michigan, but the team's win total declined in each of his four seasons in Ann Arbor, going from 11 wins to eight to seven to this season's 5-7 record. Hoke was also 6-10 in Big Ten play the past two seasons.

A former Wolverine assistant, Hoke's tenure in Ann Arbor started with much promise. He's elevated both the Ball State and San Diego State programs in his two previous stops and went 11-2 and won a Sugar Bowl in his debut season at Michigan, but his offenses struggled as the program went from the transition of his predecessor Rich Rodriguez's spread attack to his style.

The Wolverines, who were one of the younger teams in the Big Ten in 2014, struggled on their O-line the past two seasons and had shaky quarterback play.

Michigan's issues on the field were also compounded by the school's administrative issues as well, which created for a very messy 2014 that saw AD Dave Brandon lose his job a few weeks ago in Ann Arbor.

Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FOX Sports 1. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author. His new book, The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, came out in October, 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB.




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