The Omaha World Herald's Nebraska football blog, Big Red Today, recently interviewed U-M legend Desmond Howard as part of their ongoing Big Ten Roundup. Never short of an opinion, Howard shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics including Jim Tressel, NCAA rules, Reggie Bush, and Michigan's coaching change.
On Michigan's transition with Brady Hoke:
I don't think Rich Rodriguez was a bad coach. I don't think he was a bad guy. He did the best he could. It just wasn't a good fit. I think Brady Hoke is a much better fit. He understands the culture. He's coached here before. I think it's his dream job. You want someone there that pretty much wants to die there. This is like their end game. I believe that's how Brady Hoke feels about the Michigan job. He was a guy who said he would've walked from San Diego State to Ann Arbor. That's kind of what you want in that position.
Click here to read the entire interview: http://omaha.com/article/20110620/BIGRED/706209847/-1#interview-with-an-icon-desmond-howard
Thanks to MGoUser JMCWannaB for sharing these videos from the UofM Alumni Event in Washington DC. Here's the Q&A, here's the initial speeches from Brady Hoke, Red Berenson, and John Beilein.
Here's the story, of a man named Brady. Who was coaching a program of his own. It needed talent in its ranks, on the defense, to fix what GERG had blown.
Heres the story, of a man named Matty! Who was in the league now all alone. He was the best recruiter on the planet, or so it had been shown.
And the one day our new coach called up Matty, and they knew that it was much more than a hunch, that these two must somehow form a winner, and thats the way that we became the big ten champs.
The Big Ten Champs.
The Big Ten Champs.
Thats the way we became The Big Ten Champs!
I was at a local Golf scramble today for a kidney foundation, where I happened to be volunteering serving food to help raise money. At the scramble was Kentucky head football coach Joke Philips and former Eastern Kentucky coach Roy Kidd who is very well respected as a coach at the 1-AA level. Joker didn't play golf he was there to take pictures and sign items. He hung around us all day because we were under shade and had the beer and food.
We chatted for awhile about, football college sports, how the game has changed and so forth. Great honest guy. He found out I was not a UK fan and indeed I am a Michigan fan. I didn't want to put that on blast as he was there helping out as well and it wasn't polite. He started to talk about Rich Rod and his methods. He said Rich is a great guy and a fantastic coach. The only thing he would have liked to see him do is surround himself with better people. Something Michigan fans and I already know.
That topic led to what do I think of Brady Hoke? I told him well I think it's going to work out but, would have liked to see Dave Brandon move faster in the process. I said he has really surrounded himself with coaches who have proven themselvs already.
We spoke about Greg Mattison, Greg and Joker coached together at N.D. He said Greg is one of the best coaches he has even been around and is the best recruiter. Joker said that he refuses to go after a kid that Greg is recruiting because he knows he is going to loose and he added the guy can flat out coach.
Thinks Brady Hoke will have Michigan back on top in no time. Said Brady understands the big things about being a coach at a school like Michigan.
We then talked about what makes a good coaches from bad ones and in a simplified manner he replied how quickly your players can learn, it's all about on how you teach and how you get your message across. Most kids even at UK were all high school all-stars and they come in right away thinking they can play and can start. Some kids can't deal with sitting. It simply comes down to out working the other guy. Everyone has talent but not everyone wants to do the work. We then talked about recruiting and the methods in the SEC, he replied well it started years ago but Saban and Meyor took it to another level. He said you're forced to do it in order to even compete. If you don't you're really going to get left behind.
We then talked about USC and OSU and a particular recruit Michigan and UK went after last year. Lamar Dawson LB from Danville, KY. Who committed to USC. Joker said Lamar wanted to go there because he thought he could play right away and had big dreams but, USC has to cut 7 kids now due to over signing and Lamar might be one of those kids cut. It's a sad story.
He had a good laugh at Tressel and his ideas said he's a dirty guy doesn't recruit fair and has played ineligible players before at YSU. Also said he thinks Denard will be just fine athletic guys can always adapt more easily than guys who are not that skilled.
Joker gave me grief about App State but, he said it's going to keep happening with guys transferring to smaller schools from big schools like Michigan and OSU, and how no big schools no will play someone like that meaning a 1-AA team who is most likely going to win a national title that year. He said App State that year would have beat a lot of top 25 schools.
Interesting a coach at UK knew that much about MIchigan football.
Just thought that this was interesting late night reading. Another take on us from that other school's point of view. Sorry if it was already posted. http://ohiostate.247sports.com/Article/The-Perfect-Storm-25159.