Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
After both major parties involved — Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon and new football coach Brady Hoke — insisted finalizing Hoke's contract was not a priority, they have reached an agreement. Hoke on Monday signed a six-year contract worth $2 million the first year, according to Brandon. The base salary is $300,000, with $1.7 million in additional compensation. The contract, which goes through December 2016, will be publicly released this morning.
Hoke will get a $100,000 increase in salary each year through the six years of the contract. There's a stay bonus of $1.5 million after coaching three seasons, and another $1.5 million after the sixth.
Also in the article is this new video of spring practice:
(see below for embed - I can't figure out a way to embed it here.....)
Kentucky QB Zeke Pike (6'5", 220 lbs) made his way up to Ann Arbor today [Tuesday] with his dad. They got a chance to meet the coaches and check out practice. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say about the visit.
TOM: What did you get to see when you first got there?
ZEKE: We kind of met everybody and got familiar with the faces. We sat down with Coach Borges and talked football. We talked about where I fit in to the program and just talked about life. We just kind of got to know each other.
TOM: Did you get a chance to sit down with the other coaches too?
ZEKE: Yeah, Coach Singletary was with me a lot. We talked to Coach Hoke for about an hour. We talked about a little of everything. They told me I was the number one guy on their chart and that intrigued me. Then we went on a tour of the Big House, which was pretty awesome. Playing in front of 120,000 people every week is amazing.
TOM: Did you take in practice after that?
ZEKE: Yeah, I think right now they're trying to use the spread offense because of the quarterbacks they have. They're trying to gradually get to the pro style offense. Those are spread quarterbacks so it makes the position a lot more intriguing and the school a lot more intriguing because they need that true pro style quarterback.
TOM: You say it's intriguing, do you almost view it as a challenge to be that quarterback that gets Michigan back to the top? Or in a different way?
ZEKE: I think the coaches they have are the perfect coaches to get Michigan back to Michigan. I think Coach Hoke is doing a very good job with bringing tradition back. There was so much fire, intensity, and energy at practice. It just looks like there's a lot of competition on the field and you need that to be great. I think the right coaches are in place and that's exciting. I think it's a great opportunity to be that next guy at Michigan. It's a program on a national stage, when you say Michigan football people turn their heads. I'm excited to continue to build the relationships.
TOM: I know it's hard to see everything on one trip, but did you get a good feel for the coaches as people and how they coach?
ZEKE: I really enjoyed my time and I got a really good feel for them; I liked it a lot. It's definitely a school that will be there for me down the wire. It was just a feel that I got, it's hard to explain. There's only been a couple other places that I got that feeling and Michigan was one of those places.
TOM: You said Michigan will be there down to the wire, when are you going to be making your decision? Do you have a timeline?
ZEKE: I'm going out to Arkansas this weekend and I'm going to Tennessee, Georgia, FSU, Clemson, and Auburn over spring break. After that I'll narrow it down to a top five or so. I'll probably make my decision in the next couple months. I'm just going to be looking for the it factor, is it going to be somewhere I want to go for the next four years even outside of football.
TOM: With regards to Michigan, did this visit help them?
ZEKE: Yeah, it definitely helped Michigan. I'm really close friends with Chris Barnett who signed with Michigan in the 2011 class. We're really good friends and he stays on me about going to Michigan. It's a school that intrigues me and has a lot of tradition. Year in and year out they compete with everybody. I'm anxious to continue the relationships there and see where it goes.
“But McClover says there were money handshakes from boosters at other football camps too. At Auburn for a couple hundred dollars and at Michigan State. All the schools denied any wrongdoing. And things really started heating up a few months later when he went to Ohio State for an official visit where schools get a chance for one weekend to host prospective athletes. McClover says there were money handshakes from alumni there too. About a thousand dollars. And something else to entice him.”
The top 5 ways that we can all strive to be more like Jim Tressel, to obtain all of our life goals.
1. If your wife/girlfriend/fiance finds an incriminating e-mail, between you and another woman.
Tressel-Tell her that the matter was too sensitive to possibly pass on the content to her, and you cared too deeply for her. Because after all, that is what is important in the end, and this is definitely an event that the two of you can learn from.
2. You found out your son cheated on an exam.
Tressel- Do not pass this information along to other persons, whose opinions do not matter. i.e. his mother, teacher, counselor. It would just cloud the matter and impede the childs progress to becoming a fine God fearing human being.
3. Your neighbor is running an illegal grow opperation in his back yard.
Tressel- Upon confirming your suspicions act boldly, and do nothing. Confidentiality is a just and noble act, where in two persons can forever forge an impregnable bond. If that is not an option, the following is sugggested "Obviously, I plan to grow from this and I'm sincerely saddened by the fact that I let some people down and didn't do things as well as I could possibly do".
4. You're being audited.
Tressel- Sincerity is a key to life, make this a teachable moment to all those around you. Just be thankful that you weren't involved in a federal drug trafficking, or criminal investigation. There is always a silver lining, you just have to look for it.
5. You've lost a great deal of money gambling.
Tressel- As you think of a plan of action, again, keep a couple things in mind. Again, make this a teachable moment, and ramp up the discussions about the people you involve yourself with. The matter of losing your car, home, and marriage are just the devil in the details so to speak. Just remember what George Bush said " the most pathetic thing, is a leader looking for self pitty".
Looking for wisdom from Magnus or other Gurus of the X and O with regard to the 5 tech position. According to Matt Godin's brother (great get for the board) he was apparently told that he is being recruited as a 5 tech DT/DE. It is my understanding that the 5 tech lines up on the outside shoulder of the OT, which to me says Defensive End. I know in a three man front the 5 tech could be termed a DT/DE, but as we will be running a 4 man front (or 5-2 as Mattison has said) how can the 5 tech be called a DT?