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.READ MORE: Son Fatally Shoots Mother While Driving On Woodward Near Royal Oak
“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.READ MORE: Wixom Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Father's Ex-Girlfriend
“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.MORE NEWS: Michigan Community Choosing To Help Each Other In Time Of Need After Flint Home Explosion
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.