John Hoke, father of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke, dies
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
John Hoke cried throughout the news conference that introduced his son as the Michigan football team's head coach 14 months ago.
Now, it is Brady Hoke's turn to shed a tear -- this one in mourning -- after John Hoke died Monday. He was 80.
A program spokesman said no further details are being released at this time.
"A sad time for Michigan athletics," athletic director Dave Brandon tweeted Tuesday night. "Our prayers & condolences to Brady, Laura, Kelly & the entire Hoke family."
John Hoke played football at Miami (Ohio) for Woody Hayes before Hayes went on to become the coach at Ohio State.
John Hoke and his wife, Patricia, raised four children in their home in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. Two are in football, with Brady Hoke the head coach at Michigan and Jon Hoke an assistant with the Chicago Bears.
The couple also had two daughters, Terre Manning and Heidi Thomas.
Brady Hoke was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at a benefit dinner hosted by the Michigan student club Appreciate and Reciprocate. Event organizer Mark Wilhelm said he has not heard a definitive answer whether Hoke would still attend, but was told "don't plan on him being there."
Hoke was at Michigan's practice Tuesday at Schembechler Hall, said one attendee. The team is off Wednesday before beginning a three-day stretch of workouts Thursday.