Michigan has reportedly called a 4:30 p.m. press conference for interim athletic director Jim Hackett to discuss the future of head coach Brady Hoke, but that is not stopping the Wolverines' staff from staying on the recruiting trail.
In the last few days or so, members of the staff have been stopping in on some of their 2015 commits and recent decommits.
Despite uncertain futures #Michigan coaches still recruiting vigorously. Entire offensive staff sans Funk dropped in on @mikeweber25 today— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) December 2, 2014
Roy Manning and Jeff Hecklinski dropped in on Brian Cole (@Young__Kid__ ) tonight— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) December 2, 2014
Coach nuss and coach ferrigno came by man I love those guys hope they stay blue— Chris Clark (@Clark8Chris) December 2, 2014
There are also reports that the staff has made plans to visit with linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. and wide receiver Auden Tate, as well.
A lot of people are asking why the staff is still out when Hoke appears to be a lame duck. There are a few possibilities.
First off, Hoke has been a guy who has stated a numerous amount of times that he is going to do his job until it is not his anymore, which to a point is admirable. It's possible he's told his staff to do the same thing and to reach out to recruits now that the season is over.
The other thing is that it is not out of the question that some of the assistants could stay on if Hoke is indeed relieved of his duties. Guys like Greg Mattison and Fred Jackson (if he doesn't retire) would be examples of this.
It does seem silly though to send much of your staff on the road when some of them could be out of jobs shortly. All of that remains to be seen.
At the end of the day, it is not looking like Hoke will be allowed to coach Michigan for another year, so do not put a lot of stock into coaches still recruiting.
Let the madness begin.