this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Much as it pains me to have read Brian suggest that LC was some sort of nefarious kingmaker, lurking in the shadows, given that within minutes of the Hoke announcement LC tweeted his approval of this hiring, it dawned on me that the football admin within the athletic department resembled The Sopranos more than just a little...
Semi-lucid Uncle Junior - LC
Tony Soprano - RR
Bobby Bacala - Hoke (C'mon, people! He even looks like Bobby Bacala!)
Silvio Dante - DB
Carmela - Miss Rita
Any suggestions for Meadow Soprano are welcome.
Seriously, though. Michigan football seriously resembles a crime family...lifetime commitment, trust no one from the outside, tear down all other trains of thought, etc.
I'm no Misopogon, so I can't do all the colorful wordsmithing or attaching the nifty pics with photoshops, but the theme seems too close to reality. Maybe too close...
What can we say? The quotes are alarming in their insular and inbred way.
"We don't have to teach him the words to "The Victors." Seriously, Dave? I have only one question to that: Did Bo know the words to "The Victors" when he, Don Canham and Bump were photographed at the coffee table press conference?
"Michigan was 5-3 against OSU, MSU and in bowl games while Hoke was in AA." Again. Seriously? I didn't know Brady had so much involvement with the full team operation during his years as D-Line coach. Having teams stocked with NFL caliber talent means U-M probably should have been a bit better than 5-3 against MSU in that era.
The delicate dancing around Hoke's record says all it needs to say.
Finally, the whole Plan A crap is patently absurd and laughable. Who knew that the LC coaching tree concept needed such validation as to tear down RR from DAY ONE, and continuing into the very last days of his time in AA. Yeah, that LC coaching tree is more of a bonsai with a few branches snapped off, rather than the Bo or Mo trees from 1970-1993.
So you heard too, huh? Yeah, Hoke is the coach. I feel how a lot of MgoBloggers feel around here. Blah hire, lacking the "sizzle." Let me just say this, I believe that Hoke will win over a lot of people in his press conference and throughout the offseason. You know why? He will express what we have wished the coach of UofM would have been saying and working for the past 3 years. That is, how much he is driven to beat tOSU. He will tell us how important the rivalry games are to him. He will hate along with us. He won't like MSU, or Notre Dame either. He will feed the fans what we have been hungry for. A coach who understands our feelings about those three teams. Most importantly Ohio State. That goes a long way in my mind. We practically begged Rodriguez to express such feelings, yet he never did.
Also, once he gets great defenses back here I think we will appreciate him all the more.
I don't see too many MNC's with this hire but getting back to the success we had under Carr would be a great start if we are going to be realistic.
Two cents on this - neg away if I sound like a crotchety bastard.
The mourning period on this hire ends right before the presser starts.
After that, the time for second guessing ends, and the time for us to get in the proverbial boat and support this coach and this program starts.
Coach Hoke has a big job to do - and whatever you think of his boss (or his bosses boss) he needs our full support.
It's time for us to look up and be positive.
OK, we've got Hoke. If you'd like, create two lists.
- List the first: Those coaches in the Big Ten that you think Hoke is better than.
- List the second: Those coaches in the Big Ten that you think are better than Hoke.
- A third optional list: Toss up.
For your ease, here is the list of coaches in the Big Ten:
- Jim Tressel (OSU)
- Bret Bielema (Wisconsin)
- Joe Paterno (Penn St.)
- Kirk Ferentz (Iowa)
- Pat Fitzgerald (NW)
- Mark Dantonio (MSU)
- Bo Pelini (Nebraska) [edit: Thanks great slight hope]
- Kevin Wilson (Indiana)
- Jerry Kill (Minnesota)
- Ron Zook (Illinois)
- Danny Hope (Purdue)
I was going to do this differently, by asking 'which coaches would you trade Hoke for', but realize that some would say 'no one because they are not Michigan Men' or some such, and hence the current phrasing of the question.
Enjoy! Or skip. Just curious to hear everyone's opinion.
Now that we know our coach, it's time to start looking at the impact he will have on recruits conscidering Michigan, recruits committed to Michigan, recruits that HAD conscidered Michigan, and who even some recruits from SDSU (maybe).
What do some of the major guys like Zettel, or Frost think of the new hire?
Any insite would be appreciated as signing days looms nearby.
Here's some links to some things relevant to the recruiting class and expected hit on recruiting that I found real fast.
SDSU recruiting class. It does include the #10 overall pro-style QB so who knows:
DET News article on recruiting:
WARNING: next one is a FREEP