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07:32 AM ET 10.15 | The Wolverines are a one-loss team, but the loss to Big Ten rival Penn State stung. On the heels of another woeful performance by his offensive line, and more questionable offensive play calls in general, Michigan's Brady Hoke stood up for his coaches on Monday. Hoke was asked if he was concerned with the way offensive line coach Darrell Funk was developing his front five, and if he was concerned with the general theme of Al Borges' decisions late in a 43-40 four-overtime loss at Penn State on Saturday. His response to both questions? No. Hoke was asked if he plans on spending more time, individually, with the offensive line in practice. Hoke, again, said no. "I don't need to do that," Hoke said. "I've got a great offensive line coach. I've got a great (offensive) coordinator. I'm with them enough."

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October 15, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Hoke, Borges and Mattison seem to be in a contest to see who can physically resemble Charlie Weis the quickest...

October 15, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Seems like the problem is on defense-they allowed 43 points. Offense scored 40, looks like not as many issues there.

October 15, 2013  08:44 AM ET

I today's world you make a couple of wrong decisions during a game and the journalists swarm your boss questioning your competence. If this were the NFL I'd understand a little better but geez this is getting ridiculous at the college level.

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October 15, 2013  10:24 AM ET

A lot of flack for a coach/team that only has one loss. Think how bad the wolves would be howling if the refs had called the PI in the endzone, or UCONN had been able to finish the task.

October 15, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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A lot of flack for a coach/team that only has one loss. Think how bad the wolves would be howling if the refs had called the PI in the endzone, or UCONN had been able to finish the task.

There were pretty high expectations that this year, Michigan would get back playing Big Ten style of football, with a strong running game providing opportunities for the play action pass. The continued failure to run the ball except for Gardner scrambling, is what has most TSUN fans upset. They know that the Akron and UConn games could have gone either way. They thought they had turned the page from the RichRod years, but this is starting to look awfully famailiar.

October 15, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Hoke was a chicken shi! last weekends game at penn state with his coaching and the play calling.

October 15, 2013  11:15 AM ET

Maybe he needs to work with his kickers?

October 15, 2013  11:34 AM ET
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I today's world you make a couple of wrong decisions during a game and the journalists swarm your boss questioning your competence. If this were the NFL I'd understand a little better but geez this is getting ridiculous at the college level.

Maybe, but dudes at public schools getting paid in the mid six-figures should be near perfect. 30 years ago when OC/DC types at big schools were paid salaries that were in line with average college grads I would agree with you.

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October 15, 2013  12:18 PM ET

What isthe meaning of overrated = Michigan......they could very easily have 3 losses now barely beating Akron and UConn........TSUN is a joke.

October 15, 2013  12:21 PM ET
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They have good skill players. They need some "big uglies" up front

He still has not lost a game at the Big House! I think they are doing a bang up job and should keep doing what they are doing.

October 15, 2013  12:22 PM ET
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What isthe meaning of overrated = Michigan......they could very easily have 3 losses now barely beating Akron and UConn........TSUN is a joke.

But they beat ND!

October 15, 2013  12:23 PM ET
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Michigan is a very average football team with a very average football coach.

Average SEC or Average Big 10?

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