he grew a beard
Q: How's the world treating you Norm?
A: The same way a baby treats a diapper!
I recently stumbled across a site via twitter that I find offensive as a die-hard Michigan fan.
www. bradyhokeisajoke .com
It's fine if you disagree with the hiring and disired a big name coach. However, creating a website that already denounces our new HC as a failure is an embarrassment.
I especially liked this part of the page: "The Brady Hoke hire was not our first choice by a long shot. That being said IF he is successful we will most certainly support him."
Nothing says band-wagon fan like "I will only support a coach if he is immediately sucessful, but will publicly state my lack of support until that happens."
The point of this topic is that if we have learned anything from the Rodriguez era is that a lack of internal support (fanbase, etc...) will doom a program from the start.
Let the cool story bro! responses commence.
P.S. - I sincerely hope that whoever created the website is not an Mgoblogger.
It seems as though UF boards are saying Kellen Jones decommitted yesterday afternoon but I didn't find anything on here or our Rivals site so...
TomVH - you have any insight on this?
Andy Mignery was on WTKA this morning and had glowing remarks about Coach Hoke. He said he had 5 emails in his inbox from coaches who would put their career on hold to help Hoke.
One guy even said "I don't care, I'll sweep the floors, I just want to be a part of what Hoke is gonna do."
Put down the pitchforks and let this play out.
Also 97.1 has a source that says Denard is very happy.
We should learn from the coaching search that "sources" don't mean jack...but it is encouraging.
This is a call for calm. I’m not a writer, and a one-time-only-before-now diarist. I’m writing today to call for calm and patience. Sure, Hoke may not be what we all wanted, but we won’t know for a while. It’s been well documented that Rich never got the support he needed, and whether that’s his fault or the alumni/boosters/NFLer’s fault is up for debate, it could be 50-50% for all I know on everyone’s part. What’s important is not to make the same mistake. Just because Rich didn’t get a fair shake doesn’t mean we should set Hoke up for failure as well.
I was (am?) a Rich supporter. I thought we had the chance to be Oregon within a year or two. Since that train has sailed (thanks Austin), it’s time to get behind our coach and our program, and my reason for doing so is people who are a lot smarter than myself (and probably you). First off, Dave Brandon seems to have botched this royally. But just 6 months ago we were all celebrating the “Pimp Hand” and watching Dave dominate the B1G discussions, seal up the game at Jerryworld, the Big Chill, setting up the ND Night Game… Dave has done some good things. He also was tapped to run Domino’s – a giant corporation, and then hired by the University to be AD. Brady Hoke has been coaching football for years, and just might know what he’s doing. Mary Sue is a smart lady, and she’s done some pretty good things for the University too – including the largest fundraising campaign ever, netting (IIRC) > $2 Billion. With a B.
My point in mentioning this is I’m an alumnus, 2009 Mechanical Engineering. I consider myself decently smart, and as we’ve seen from MGoBlog, this is a place for smart people who know sports (especially football) to discuss sports (especially football.) We often say that this is the best place on the internet for a myriad of reasons. The analysis and discussion found here is ridiculous. When my Dad (who played high school football) asked me to explain the Zone Read and how to defend it, I showed him some MGoBlog diaries. We get amazing analysis of recruits, breaking Michigan news, etc. all right here. But we are not more qualified than Brandon, or Mary Sue, or Hoke when it comes to Michigan football. We are fans. Some of us live and die with the Maize and Blue. Some of us even coach football – and I often defer to you when I have football questions. But none of us are Athletic Directors at a D-I university, much less one as great as Michigan. None of us are college football head coaches. A few of us (Mainly Brian) make their living discussing and analyzing college football, but for the rest of us, this is a hobby. If we were such great decision makers, coaches, etc. we’d be doing it for a living.
This may blow up and be awful. This may work. I’m not saying we should blindly follow the leaders – we can question them and be supportive at the same time. But for the time being, until we hear from Hoke, hear from the current players, see the spring game, let’s not cry DOOM for Michigan Football. Make no mistake, I’m not thrilled with the hire either, but let’s support The Team and see what all of these people can do. Brandon was hired for many reasons. Hoke was too. They're better at running and coaching college football than I am (and probably you are too). Let’s give them our support and see what they can do.
I just finished reading a teriffic article about Greg Harden and his influence on the Michigan program.
The article gives great insight into a prominent staff member who had direct influence on our recent Heisman winners and championship season.
Please read the article to get a true sense of who this man is and what he means to the program going forward as his influence cannot and should not be over looked.
To me, one of the most important lines is the last -
Those who are champions will stay.
Desmond Howard -
I don’t know if I win the Heisman, if Greg isn’t at Michigan.
Tom Brady -
He will always be somebody I rely on for sound advice and mentorship, says Brady. He has helped me with my own personal struggles in both athletics and in life.
The Program Went Into Shambles Because He Wasn't A Big Part Of The Process
Michigan's new coach, Brady Hoke, won’t report directly to Harden. But maybe he should. After Lloyd Carr left the Big House sideline, Harden was marginalized. Most fans blame poor coaching and recruiting for Michigan’s football spiral. But some alums think Harden’s absence was just as damaging. If players like Brady and Howard didn’t get mentally stronger, how good would those Michigan teams have been? “That’s why the program went into shambles,” Smith says. “Because he wasn’t a big part of the process.”Will he return to his former place in the football program? Hard to tell. But the players who turned to him won’t stop now.
Funny how athletic director Dave Brandon scoured the nation for a leader of men, when in fact the best example might be down the hall. Hoke would do well to introduce his recruits to a Michigan Man who gave up on Michigan. Those players will sit down with someone who will bludgeon their bravado without curtailing their confidence. Greg Harden won’t go with the old Bo bromide: “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions.” But he will teach an even more powerful lesson that he took so long to learn himself:
Those who are champions will stay.