BRADY HOKE is out after 4 years as football coach at Michigan.
Interim athletic director Jim Hackett made the announcement yesterday after weeks of speculation about Hoke's future.
"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," said Hackett, who took over as AD last month. "In the end, I feel that moving in a different direction is the right decision."
Hoke did not return a message left seeking comment. In a statement provided by the school, he thanked his players and said he would miss them.
Hired after the tumultuous tenure of Rich Rodriguez, Hoke was supposed to help Michigan regain its place among college football's elite. But after going to the Sugar Bowl in Hoke's first season, the Wolverines slowly slipped back into mediocrity and are not even among the top teams in the Big Ten. Hoke was 31-20 as the Wolverines' coach after the team floundered to a 5-7 record this season.
In other college football news:
* Florida has targeted Colorado State's Jim McElwain to potentially fill its coaching vacancy. Athletic director Jeremy Foley and McElwain met in Colorado yesterday, a person with knowledge of the situation told Associated Press. The person said that the former Alabama offensive coordinator is expected to be offered the job.
* As expected, UAB is shutting down its football program.
* Samford coach Pat Sullivan, who has battled health problems, is resigning and moving into another position with the university. The former Auburn quarterback won the 1971 Heisman Trophy.
* The student code of conduct hearing involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston began.
* Tiger Woods said he is working on a swing that incorporates previous moves that date as far back as his amateur days.
* Golfing great Jack Nicklaus will receive Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. He said golf has allowed him and his wife Barbara to found the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and to help others in need.