In early December, Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he didn't anticipate any staff changes heading into the 2014 season. Then, early last month, Michigan did the opposite of that -- firing Al Borges and hiring new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. On Monday, Hoke spoke about the staff move for the first time since making the Nussmeier hire, and was very clear about one thing. Unless an assistant coach opts to leave for another job, there will be no more changes to Hoke's staff for 2014. "Unless someone gets a call, there's still a lot of jobs out there to some degree (there will be no changes)," Hoke said. Asked again if he planned on making any further staff changes himself, Hoke said no, he did not. He was also asked if Nussmeier entered the job with discussions of possibly bringing in different people on his offensive staff. Hoke said that conversation never took place, and still hasn't to this day. Hoke also took and answered questions -- for the first time -- on the timing behind the Nussmeier hire and Borges firing, something he opted not to do during Nussmeier's introductory news conference last month. "You've got to take some time and evaluate (the whole season)," Hoke said. "I didn't want to make any rash decisions, I wanted to go all the way through the bowl game. It was an extremely tough decision because you're dealing with a guy (in Borges) who I have a lot of respect for, a guy who I believe is a good coordinator and has a family. And it's hard. "I took a week, eight, nine days, after the bowl game to make a decision. And I wanted to make one that was best (for the program). (A decision that was) best for the University of Michigan and this football program." Hoke said he was fully aware of Nussmeier's career path prior to his decision to offer him the job, explaining that he nearly hired him when he was head coach at Ball State -- a job that eventually went to current Michigan assistant Jeff Hecklinski. Asked when he first had contact with Nussmeier about the job, Hoke said "we had some contact even before this year, but nothing regarding (this job)." Hoke didn't go into any further detail as to when he offered the job to Nussmeier. Michigan announced Borges' firing on Jan. 8. The Nussmeier hiring was reported later that evening, and made official the next day. "I almost hired him at Ball State," Hoke said. "And I knew his resume, and that had a lot to do (with how quickly it moved). I remember playing (against Alabama) in Dallas (in 2012). "That wasn't a whole lot of fun."
Brady Hoke says he's making no more staff changes
Michigan Live | Feb 4