Here's an interesting story comparing last year's leadership to the way Hoke is treating it this year. It's suggested that team chemistry and senior leadership were issues last year.
"(The leadership this year) is different," Hoke says. "You've got guys who are leaders that are older, but we've changed the model a bit. Our seniors are always going to be important, but you always worry about entitlement, so what we've done is put together a leadership representative group. It's four guys from each class, and they were all voted on by their classmates.
"That's really been effective. We've already met twice, and we'll meet here in another week. And it's interesting to listen to perspectives at different levels and different maturities."
In effort to totally piss off Brian, Hoke announces Gardner "might" start if season started tomorrow
He said Shane Morris has closed the gap this spring and it will be "pretty exciting to hear what they did this summer.
I'm not buying it, however if Morris does start I will assume he has become one hell of a quarterback.
"The university was regularly missing its 60-day deadline to investigate sexual misconduct," Proppe said Sunday night. "The main reason, at least initially when the moved to the new policy, was that the university didn't have the bandwidth to handle all these investigations. They took about a year to hire a second investigator to look into this.
"So that was probably the most surprising and most concerning finding, that the delay in the Gibbons case was really not an exception but kind of the norm with these investigations."
Per the CSG's report, the task force claimed that athletic department officials did not believe the OIE or OSCR failed to notify the department "when a student athlete was accused of sexual misconduct." As a result of that finding, the task force concluded that "Brady Hoke knowingly issued false statements in December 2013 concerning the status of Gibbons."
The CSG's task force did not work in concert with officials from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, which will be on campus this week to launch its own investigation into the university's sexual misconduct policy.
Interesting ESPN article touching on the state of Michigan football and how Nussmeier hire was the right move. Definitely highlights our O-line, leadership, and inconsistency concerns for next year. All I'm saying is bring me that Michigan Football season, we'll be great.
Here is a radio interview between the 2 men that I found interesting, specifically as Whitlock dominated the conversation and has ties to Hoke. The interview re: Hoke starts around 30:45.
For TL;DTR - Chait is of the view this is a make or break year for Hoke. He believes Hoke runs an antiquated system and is stuck in the early 90s. Big Gardner supporter, thought he was stuck on an island behind awful OL and no running game.
Whitlock has too many views to be concise but he has been confused by the lack of development of UM players that he saw from Hoke at Ball State and SDSU. He also said last year's MSU game was a punch to the face to Brady Hoke, and that perhaps Hoke got comfortable once he got to UM and thought with the talent he got other things would be easier. He disagrees with Chait on Hoke's viewpoints of stuck in old school football. Raises questions of leadership re: Gardner.
- Whitlock - Hoke's strength at Ball State/SDSU was player development - physically and mentally. Would take 2 stars and make them 2.5-3s, would take 3s, make them 4s. Lauds strength coach/program he had at those schools.
- Whitlock - I have not seen any of that Brady Hoke at UM.
- Whitlock - Fears Brady subconsciously lost focus on development due to talent he has been able to get to Michigan.
- Whitlock - Not a big Devin Gardner fan - doesn't handle adversity well. Small throw of Shane under the bus in throwaway comment.
- Chait - Disagree on Gardner.
- Whitlock - Due to QB situation / schedule not sure if work off the field this offseason will be reflected in increased wins but they are now doing the work necessary.
- Whitlock - After ND game last year, I texted Wojo and said they'd be lucky to win 3-4 more games next year due to both the OL and DL being horrible.
- Chait - Hoke has antiquated ideas i.e. spread vs non spread; spread makes you soft, etc. Says OSU game proved otherwise. Hoke wants to go back to early 90s.
- Whitlock - Disagree on those points, but can understand the view.
- Whitlock - Mentioned last year Lewan was not a leader. Did not get that from inside information, just from watching the team. I was proven right despite the hate at the time I received.
- Whitlock - I've surrendered my relationship with Brady Hoke to give him distance so I can do my job.
- Whitlock - Green came in very soft last year. Someone should have seen that and rectified it. I saw this kid dive at a LBs feet rather than block.
- Chait - makes negative comment on Fred Jackson as RB coach in terms of development of RBs.
- Whitlock - doesn't disagree on Jackson without explicitly saying it.
- Chait - defends Gardner more due to summer camps where gurus say he would be a star.
- Whitlock - some truth in that but cites a play vs MSU where Gardner fell 1 yard short vs MSU as a signal of things you can't do. Leaders don't do that.
- Chait - disagrees, and cites Gardner sacrificing body all year.
- Whitlock - agrees to a degree but still thinks Gardner is lacking in key areas. Whitlock compares Devin to Denard, and says he loved Denard's heart ... but had decision making issues.
- Rest of call is fluff and worshiping Beilein.
Brady Hoke was the keynote speaker at the National Football Foundation’s 52nd Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner put on by the Toledo Wistert Chapert of the NFF. The Toledo Wistert Chaper of the NFF acknowledges the exceptional accomplishments of selected senior football players from the area. The criteria to be chosen in three-fold: The player must be at least All-League, have a GPA of at least 3.2 and be involved in his school and community away from football.
The evening for me started out with an hour long private reception where there were beverages and only about eight tables. Coach Hoke went up to each table for pictures and got a chance to talk to people. He came up to our table and introduced himself, "Hi my name is Brady Hoke", which I though was pretty cool he thought he would have to introduce himself. After taking a picture with him we talked about the excitment for team 135 and his favorite pizza joint in town, Gino's.
Kovacs came in and told the whole group a story. He was having lunch with his girlfriend when he got a text from Hoke, "COME SEE ME AT NOON". Jordan didn't get a chance to eat his lunch before leaving his girlfriend as it was 11:45. After running across campus worrying that somthing had to be wrong for him to want to see him so quickly he finally got to Hoke. Hoke then asked him how he felt about wearing #11 to honor the Wistert brothers to which Jordan responded "this couldn't wait 30 minutes!".
After the reception Kovacs introduced Brady Hoke at the awards dinner, but not before letting everyone know about Hoke. 1. He always txt's in caps. 2. On gameday he wakes up the d-line by body slamming their beds. 3. He though Kovacs was an accountant until senior year he told Coach that he was a Kinesiology major 4. Hoke does not eat on gameday and he gets "butterflies" in his stomach to which he added must have been some big tasty butterflies. 5. He points A LOT and even mentioned hokepoints.tmblr.com. He finished off with a joke saying that although it's a step down from last years speaker who was Brian Kelly, Brady Hoke is not chicken.
Hoke then came up and talked about his years at Ball State and how he had too much fun and was there to play football for his two years and was not until his Coach, Dwight Wallace got him to get his act together. He graduated with a degree in crimal justice and aspired to be a secret service agent. After having a job in his field of study he was asked to Coach a high school football team and took it up. After a couple of games he told his wife this is what I want to do, help young men grown like my coach did for me at Ball State.
Hoke said he has three things he always talks to recruits when he is on the the recruitng trail. 1. You have to have commitment, accountablity, respect and trust for you and for your team. 2. Honor your name on the back of your jersey. 3. Have in mind what you want to do once you earn your degree at the University of Michigan.