Hackett’s description of the process – which will include a headhunting firm – suggested Michigan already has some candidates identified.
Some players took to Twitter to express their feelings about the dismissal of Hoke.
“Games like this are what this rivalry’s built on, when one team’s kind of probably going to be a big underdog going in,” Jack Miller said.
“I do know we’re doing the right thing for these kids,” Hoke said. “The harsh reality of it is I did the right thing today.”
Saturday, Johnson erupted, logging 122 yards on 16 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns, including his first ever for the Wolverines.
The sophomore missed the first two games of the season but has played in every game since.
This season has affirmed the old adage that winning cures all ills.
Brandon will retain the use of two company vehicles through the end of the year, will retain his health insurance through June 2015, and will also retain two Regents Emeritus seats to football, hockey and men’s basketball.
Dave Brandon, formerly the CEO of Domino’s Pizza, became Michigan’s athletic director in 2010.
“I think we’re getting close to see where he’s going to be either way,” Hoke told Stoney, Bill and Sara of 97.1 The Ticket.