this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
This article in Rivals mentions a few very probable hires that will be coming with Hoke from his SDSU staff. Underwhelming at first glance. One of them coaches running backs which could be bad for the re-hire of Fred Jackson, but the guy has other position experience so perhaps FJ will be retained. We need Fred for continuity and to solidify Hayes and Rawls (should he qualify) and of course for his unique analytical skills
let's at least get his DC.
Dan Gerberry is now the backup Center to Dominic Raiola for the Detroit Lions. He played for Brady Hoke at Ball State for four years. In this article he gave a little insight as to what may happen in Michigan's upcoming practice.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2011/01/dan_gerberry_on_wdfn_what_you.html
Speaking of running, I believe that Stephen Hopkins will see a big jump in his number of carries for this upcoming year. I'm sure Hoke wont shy away from a 230 pound RB.
When Rich Rod was hired and kids started transfering out he coined the phrase"I do not talk about players that do not play for the University of Michigan", or something along these lines. Rich Rod is no longer our coach. His time is done. To continually make comparisons between Hoke and Rich Rod does both coaches a disservice. It is time to move on. Thanks Rich, good luck where ever you land, and all the best to you and your family during this transition.
dGardner7 Devin GardnerGoodbye Coach Barwis you will truly be missed! Thanks for everything, especially helping me to tap into that inner dogg!!! WE won't forget!!
While none of us know exactly what happened in meetings or conversations between RR and Mallett and between Hoke and Denard, my sense is that it was something like this.
RR - Ryan Mallett you are one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country. I don't really see how you will fit in the offense I intend to run, even though I have no one else available to me that can run it. I hope you stick around, but if you decide to leave I will understand.
Hoke - Denard Robinson you are one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and have dilithium speed. I would be a fool not to find a way to take advantage of your skill set and experience, even though I have Devin Gardner (and nobody else) to work with. If you leave Michigan you would have to sit out a year and you would not get the value of a Michigan degree. The team needs you, I need you, please give me a chance to find a way for us to be successful together.