this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Justice Hayes checks in at No. 3, Fisher at 4, Beyer at 7, Hollowell at 11, and Desmond Morgan at 17.
I've been reading up on some football styles and looking at a lot of drawn up plays simply for my own knowledge.. I keep coming across the term "belly runs" (We ran a lot of belly last year) However drawn up they look exactly like iso runs. Does anyone know the difference?
This follows from another post, but my response simply got too long. I also have been struck by the resounding, perfectly-synchronized Hoke Hurrah from Michiganland. And I also think it is no accident. But I see it as a good thing. Here is my take on it.
- Brandon is a far more sophisticated marketer than most ADs.
- From OSU to the firing date, many asked: "What was/is he doing??" -- I think, in part, he was laying the groundwork for a well-oiled Hoke introduction
- Brandon has stressed the importance of everyone supporting the new coach. I don't see how you can say he's wrong. It does matter. It boosts team morale, lowers the coach's stress, builds fans' excitement and extends their patience, etc.
- I do not think it is a coincidence that Hoke praise and support has been cascading in from every direction in a unified chorus. I think it would have made sense for Brandon to contact a myriad of people associated with the program and (a) ask what they thought of Hoke and, (b) if they approved, perhaps mention how much it would help for the new coach to have public support.
- I think Brandon probably laid a lot of PR groundwork, I think it was a sound strategy, I think it was a good thing to do, and I think it has been very effective. Other programs are not laughing at us (not much anyway). Our players are not reacting like Florida players to Zook (Recall Rex Grossman's: "What the hell's a Zook?"). They're buying into the support/excitement. That's great.
- The only minor downside to the whole thing is it has been so effective we now have a small cadre of pro-Hoke e-foot soldiers, marauding the MGoBoard board in search of dissent. They are a little too Nazi youth for my taste thus far. But in all other respects, I see the orchestrated PR swoon as a very good thing for the program. It is weird to see the Detroit papers react to a Michigan coach like girls at a Beatles concert, but...it beats the alternative.
I don't know about everyone else, but the whole thing (drama?) seems a bit oily, and more than a bit excessive:
Former players, and one former headcoach (psh-"Michigan Men"), coming out of the woodwork in droves to profess their man-love for BH. (Not to put too fine a point on Desmond's words, but if no one man is greater than the team, then why were all these individual, mythical "Michigan Men" placing themselves above the team with their silence, rather than their out-and-out support? Isn't that what a "team" is supposed to do? Be brothers in arms, united we stand?)
How many times does the Athletic Department need to update the FB page, and ask, gushingly, what our favorite pic/PC moment/BH hairstyle was? (Hokeamania, anyone?)
The interesting timing and placement of all the Detroit print media "bugs in ears" regarding BH's fitness to be a fine Michigan football coach, in the week prior to his actual announced hiring?
DB's mumbling about not breaking contracts with regard to the adidas contract and the players chanting "NIKE" seemed a bit contrived and more than a little BS.
And finally, unusual influx of new MGoBlog members, seemingly most with under 200 mgopoints, who are now the standard bearers for the defense of BH, his record, his opportunity, and the patience and time needed for him to do the job.
There's a real, "sell the sizzle, not the steak" odor to this whole "process" and it's one that never existed previously, to my knowledge. And I would have preferred it to stay that way.
All that said, yes, come mid-August, it will be "All in for Michigan" and I'll be there. Disappointment in all these role models and what they proclaimed will remain, but my support for my team will always be there.
And please, save the tinfoil snark. I know how this can read to the 2011 vintage Kool-Aid drinker, so save your gif's and save your Kool-Aid recipe. If needed for my maize-n-blue Jell-O shots, I'll ask.