Brady Hoke is one head coach that you won't catch wearing a headset on game day.
“It is overrated,” Hoke told 97.1 (WXYT-FM) during his weekly radio appearance. “You ever watch guys on headsets? They don’t say a word. This gives me an opportunity to coach kids during the course of a game."
"The game is a mental game. It’s a game of emotion and enthusiasm, a game of teaching. Not wearing a headset, I get to teach on the sideline, and I get to be a real part of it." Hoke explained.
One of the co-hosts of the show asked Hoke if having a headset on would have changed the halfback pass call that resulted in an interception in the red zone during the Notre Dame game, suggesting that Hoke isn't fully aware of what the coordinators are calling.
"I do know what the calls are, because there’s a guy standing right behind me who tells me every call that’s going in.”
Hoke elaborated by explaining that he allows his coordinators do what he hired them to do.
"Al and I had talked about the halfback pass. We had run the toss earlier, which was really the only time we had run the toss this year, just setting it up to watch the safety and see how he played. Then when you got down in the red zone, it’s the perfect time for the play.” Hoke said about Borges' play call.
This weekend Hoke and the Wolverines take on Purdue (3-1), who bring in the #2 ranked scoring offense in the conference (averaging nearly 43 points per game). The rest of their schedule includes teams who have gone a combined 29-10, with Illinois as the only team on their remaining schedule with a losing record (2-3).