Brady Hoke, U-M players react to Paterno 

November, 9, 2011
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Brady Hoke was prepared. He been asked about the continuing saga of alleged sexual abuse, perjury, accountability and responsibility at Penn State over the past couple of days, so this time the first-year Michigan coach was ready with a response.

Except he didn't even wait for the question to be asked. Hoke led off his Wednesday news conference with a statement about longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno and his retirement effective at the end of the season, which was announced Wednesday morning.

"I have the utmost respect for what coach Paterno has done on the field," Hoke said. "It's really a situation that's obviously unfortunate but its one that doesn't affect us. We have to worry about Michigan and the decisions that we make and getting ready for this week going to Illinois."

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