- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
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Al Borges was one of the coaches Brady Hoke brought with him when he made the move from San Diego State to Michigan. And many wondered how deep that relationship would carry Borges even when the offense wasn’t finding success.
Even a few weeks ago, Hoke had stood by the fact his staff would remain intact.
With how loyal Hoke has been in several situations -- both to his staff and his senior players, many questioned what really happened behind the scenes.
According to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, it was a move initiated completely by Hoke.
“This is Brady,” Brandon said. “This is Brady being a leader and knowing that the program comes first and sometimes you have to make changes in the best interest of the program. That’s what has happened.”
Brandon replied that it was “nonsense” that he would’ve forced the hand of Hoke to remove Borges.
“I’m a big believer that leaders get to pick their teams,” Brandon said. “Brady makes all decisions as it relates to the people he wants to surround himself.”
However, Brandon was completely on board with the Nussmeier hire once Hoke showed that Nussmeier would not only be a candidate but an interested candidate.
Brandon said that there were several other candidates that Hoke considered however Nussmeier was “the No. 1, 2 and 3 candidate.”
“Sometimes you look at results and you look at performance and you look at accountability and you have to make changes,” Brandon said. “I respect the fact that Brady stepped up to that. This is an important change. … We needed change. We needed energy. We needed a new direction. We needed an offense that was building and gaining confidence.”
Brandon also squashed any speculation that Hoke is or will be on the hot seat, saying those kind of rumors are coming from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
“This has nothing to do with Brady keeping his job. It’s Brady’s job. Brady is the coach of the University of Michigan football team,” Brandon said. “Brady is making the changes that he thinks will allow us to not lose by two points but to figure out a way to win by two points. That’s what we have to do because we’re Michigan. I give him all the credit in the world.”
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