By Ashley Dunkak

ALLEN PARK (CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin reacted strongly to the firing of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, with whom Austin coached at Michigan from 1999 to 2002.

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“I hate it,” Austin said Thursday. “Brady Hoke’s a good friend. Again, I know it’s part of our business, but you hate it, and I know Brady’s a good man, and I know a lot of guys on that staff, they’re good people, and I wish them well.”

Austin smiled at the question of whether he would be interested in the Michigan job.

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“No,” he said, “I’m interested in this job.”

In four years under Hoke, the Wolverines went 31-20, the team’s record worsening each season. The slide culminated in a record of 5-7 this season, leaving the Wolverines ineligible for a bowl.

The 49-year-old Austin has no head coaching experience, having spent most of his career as a defensive backs coach, but Austin had no prior experience as an NFL coordinator until this year.

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Three-quarters of the way through the season, the Detroit defense still ranks first in the NFL in points per game, allowing on average just 17.3.