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Whether Hoke can do those things is an open question, and the last week was full of speculation that Miles would be the best choice Brandon could make. The LSU coach was a popular choice among fans when Carr announced he was retiring after the 2007 season, but he stayed in Baton Rouge then and did again this time around after meeting with Brandon on Monday.

One of Hoke’s first tasks will be persuading Denard Robinson to stay put. The sensational quarterback, who became the NCAA’s first player to throw and run for 1,500 yards, came to Michigan because he wanted to run Rodriguez’s spread offense.

Robinson wouldn’t commit to returning if Rodriguez was fired and he hasn’t commented publicly since.