this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
We've already seen and talked about this but let's watch and talk about it again. Has Drew Sharp always had a speech impediment or does the Hokester just intimidate him? Either way, I'm calling round 1 for Hoke.
This is my first board I have posted, and I know a lot of people out there know this topic better than I do, but I felt like it should be put in one place, because I was amazed at these numbers. I owe Undefeated Dream Season of 1992 and his "Michigan's appetite for a big name coach" post for the inspiration for this.
With the hiring of Brady Hoke, Michigan has had twelve coaches since Yost was hired in 1901. Of these, eight would fit the "Michigan Man" meme (having either played at Michigan or served as an assistant before becoming head coach). The four outliers are Yost, Crisler, Bo, and RR.
Yost and his coaching tree, plus a former player (Little, Wieman and Kipke) coached Michigan from the turn of the 20th Century into the Great Depression. Following Crisler's hire from the outside in 1938, Crisler and his tree lasted 30 years, when Bo was brought in from the outside. As we are familiar with, the Bo tree has now been in place for (at least part of) every presidential administration since Lyndon Johnson; we are quite familiar with the outlier from 2008-2010.
Four outside coaches have been hired in the last 110 years, and those four coaches were at the helm for a combined 59 years. In the same time period, eight "insiders" have been hired and have coached for a total of 61 years.
Per jmblue's edit, there have been 34 years of "outsiders" since 1926 when Yost retired after his second stint as head coach.
Not knocking either type of coach, but I had never gone through and thought about the past Michigan coaches in this light. Not sure that it means anything in context of the last few weeks other than Michigan is a very conservative place that historically resists change from the outside. Take from this whatever you like, but I found it interesting as hell to see the numbers together.
Realize this may be old news for many, but: After the past three years, and watching today's presser, it dawned on me -- the so-called 'Michigan Man' mythology means a man who is subservient to the program he coaches. When Bo said a "Michigan Man will coach Michigan", he wasn't saying anything about the ancestry of the coach; he was saying he'd only have a coach who didn't think he was bigger than the program. Bill Frieder, by looking outside of Michigan, committed that sin.
Taken in that light, Rodriguez was in deep trouble when he started, precisely because he was incredibly successful outside of the Michigan program. Yes, Michigan has had great coaches -- but they all were great within the context of Michigan. They did not have a 'greatness' outside of Michigan.
Rodriguez, by coming here already successful, disrupted the Michigan space-time continuum. And yes, if he had won more/faster he'd most likely still be here. But when Brandon spoke of the players being first, not the coach, when he spoke of a love of Michigan football above all else, he was speaking about having a coach that was a servant to, but not greater than, the program. The resentment of Rodriguez that many found to be irrational can be traced, in part, to this.
I think Hoke was Brandon's #1 target all along. Harbaugh, pedigreed as he was, had become larger than the Michigan program. Same with Miles. Brandon wanted a servant to the program, and that man is Brady Hoke.
I don't post this to denigrate either Rodriguez or Hoke; it is just the way it is. I'm a fan of Hoke, but I understand completely the frustration of many, and why they think Michigan may never be able to evolve into something else if they only hire 'servants'. I'd argue that a servant of the program does not necessarily need to be a slave to the past; he can innovate -- just as long as the program is always bigger than he is.
EDIT for clarity, stolen from a post below: I'm not saying the "Michigan Man" of myth must have prior ties to Michigan. He just must be subservient to the program. Michigan could have hired a hot coordinator, or somebody from a smaller/less prestigious school. The point is that the Michigan ethos is for Michigan to make the coach famous, and the coach to make Michigan famous. A symbiosis, if you will. If a coach is already famous, the symbiosis is damaged, and that's a partial cause of all this strife in the past few years. Rodriguez was, for better or for worse, bigger than the program, and many people resented it.
Ridiculous? I can certainly see that side. A sign of Michigan's arrogance? For sure. It is what it is; it's part of the Michigan 'tradition'.
I was doing little research and realized that SDSU only beat two teams with winning records this year and both were service academies (Air Force, Navy). The rest of SDSU's wins this past season came against teams with final records of 4-7, 2-10, 4-8, 1-11, 3-9, 3-9, and 2-11. After seeing this, my excitement from this afternoon's press conference vanished.
I still will support any man who is the coach of Michigan, but this has caused me to revert back to pre-press conference feelings of uncontrollable nervousness. That said, Go Blue!!
First video is early 2008. Interview with SDSU athletics department.
Pump up video at the beginning of Hoke's first season. If you don't come away wanting to punch a sack of kittens and have an odd urge to joing the communist army because of the music, then you aren't alive.
Nicholls State(I-AA): Couldn't find
9/11/10 @New Mexico State W 41-21
9/18/10 @ Missouri L 24-27
09/25/10 vs. Utah State W 41-7
10/09/10 @ BYU L 21-24
10/16/10 vs. Air Force W 27-25
10/23/10 @ New Mexico W 30-20
10/20/10 @ Wyoming W 48-38
11/06/10 vs. Colorado State W 24-19
11/13/10 @ TCU L 35-40
11/20/10 vs. Utah L 34-38
11/27/10 vs UNLV W 48-14
12/23/10 Poinsettia Bowl vs. Navy W 35-14
After watching Brady Hoke completely tear up his presser this afternoon, the majority of fans are really pumped up. He did a tremendous job trying to get us to buy into who he is. Admittedly, I was skeptical before the presser but after listening to his speech, I am ready for the next season to start.
Folks, we have what seems like 1,875,364 days until they kickoff again. Do you realize that we have to go through March Madness, the NBA finals, the fourth of July, and the majority of the MLB season before we get to see the Michigan Wolverines in action again?
I think the problem is, we have been inundated with the latest breaking news regarding the football team that it feels like the season is still going on. As time winds down, the excitement will start to wear off, and our focus will turn to other subjects.
I'm sure that between now and September there will be many things that will make us irritated but hopefully the program will build off of today's positivity.
I still feel for Rich Rodriguez, but I have Brady Hoke's full support and with the passion he showed today, I'm sure it will spill over to his football team. Let's hope for a positive offseason and a successful 2011 season.
Enjoy the other sports that are going to be played. I think we all need a break from this madness.