This dude is a breath of fresh air man:
“Obviously if I feel like I couldn’t make an impact then I shouldn’t have this job,” Baxter said. “I do feel like we can make an impact.”
“It’s upsetting to me the last time we’ve returned a kick or a punt (for a touchdown) was 2007 or 2008,” Baxter said. “Last time we returned a field goal for a score was 2003. That’s way too long. I can just tell you this, we are going to approach this football team and this camp with some tremendous urgency.”
“When those things happen, it’s when they happen,” Baxter said. “But I’ll tell you what, my expectations is that it happens tomorrow.”
I found this interesting footage from Ball State 1979 football season vs. Illinois State.
Brady Hoke is the starting LB for Ball State (home red) #55.
He was certainly in on a lot of tackles.
The game films were released without sound by Ball State University Libraries on Youtube, plus a 1978 season highlight film (10-1 year).
I really wish the University of Michigan would decide to release more historical football game films from 1969-1979, or even before that, including those that were not nationally televised. I'm sure the majority of those films have been digitized by now. I think UM football fans would enjoy viewing those games today, and it would provide some more national exposure to the history of Michigan's football program, particularly UM's dominance in the 1970s under Schembechler. There are only a handful of copies of football games from the 1970s available.
This article is a slideshow, which I loathe, but it does have info on where all of the previous coaching staff landed. Presented without further comment.
Hoke - Unemployed
Jackson - Unemployed (probably by choice)
Nussmeier - OC at Florida
Ferrigno - ST / TE at SJSU.
Funk - OL at Akron.
Hecklinski - QB Coach and PG Coordinator at Colorado State - Pueblo.
Mallory - Secondary Coach and PG Coordinator at Wyoming.
Manning - OLB Coach at Washington State.
Smith - DL at Florida Tech.
Brady Hoke is on Sportscenter right now talking about the upcoming Ohio State v Oregon game. Right out of the gate he called them Ohio and had to correct himself to Ohio State, presumably for TV purposes.
Despite his downfall as head coach, I think we can all appreciate how much, regardless of his departure, he still loves Michigan.
Haters are gonna hate and say the Ohio schtick is old hat but I respect a guy who sticks with it despite his circumstances.
SBNation charted how each school's football team performed relative to Vegas preseason expectations. I think we all know about where Michigan would fall on this list, but it is interesting to see in a chart with every school listed. Michigan finished 124 out of 128, and only South Carolina was worse among Power 5 schools. Ugh.