If you don't have time to watch the whole preview, scroll down for clips of Hoke, Mattison, Borges, Denard, Kovacs and Lewan.
EDIT: I added the FS Detroit preview and changed the title.
BTN Preview (full broadcast):
BTN Preview Torrent:
FS Detroit Preview:
Slow day on the board to be posting CBS Sports links, but Michigan checks in at #9 in Jerry Palm's preseason rankings. The real reason I posted this is that it includes a strength of schedule ranking. Amongst top 25 rated teams, the B1G members have the top four toughest schedules.
Teams of note (SOS in parethesis):
3. Alabama (46)
9. Michigan (3)
12. Wisconsin (44)
14. Michigan State (2)
15. Ohio State (5)
20. Nebraska (6)
27. Notre Dame (1)
Palm's rankings are produced by his own computer formula, but I find it highly ironic that the SEC's power teams, who are perceived to face much more daunting schedules, lag behind the B1G in SOS ranking on an SEC-slanted network.
Brady Hoke is scheduled to be on the Dan Patrick Show Friday sometime between 9am-noon with guest host Jason Whitlock. Should be an interesting interview given both their Ball State ties and Whitlock's professed mancrush on Hoke. One of the topics of the show is going to be the Penn State scandal, but I doubt Hoke will offer much on that.
Also of interest to Detroit natives, Isiah Thomas is also scheduled to be on tomorrow.
Im hosting Dan Patrick radio show tmrw/Fri 9-noon. Guests will b Brady Hoke, Isiah Thomas, Shawn Ryan creator Shield/Last Resort & Big Deuce
Listen live here:
Brady Hoke on Conference Realignment, Roy Roundtree, Kaleb Ringer, the Gentlemen's Agreement, and Beer
Brady Hoke spoke at the Agonis Club's 59th-annual awards banquet in his hometown of Kettering on Tuesday, He spoke on a number of topics including his time at Ball State, the supposed gentlemen's agreement between Big Ten coaches, conference realignment, Kaleb Ringer, and Roy Roundtree.
On his time at Ball St.:
“I had two goals at Ball State. One was to play football and the other was to drink every beer in Muncie, Ind.”
On the Gentlemen's agreement:
“No. 1, we have an actual signing day for a reason. That is, they can change their minds until they sign. This is competitive. This isn’t ... I’d like to say golf — don’t take offense. I’ve never heard of agreements or not agreements. Look, they’re 18 to 23 years old. They got a lot going on, more so now than when I was 18 to 23.”
On conference realignment:
“I think really in about three years you’ll see four super conferences, and I think the Big East will go away and maybe the ACC. But look, I’m just a coach. I don’t know all of it.”
On Kaleb Ringer:
“He had a great spring. He had over a 3.0 (GPA). He did a great job from the academic side of it. He did a nice job of learning the defense. He was awesome. I think he can be in the mix (for playing time).”
On Roy Roundtree:
“He’s doing great. He’s going to wear No. 21 in honor of (Heisman Trophy winner) Desmond Howard. It’s a big deal. Desmond is fired up. Roy is fired up. And I’m fired up.”
I found his comments on conference realignment to be particularly interesting, mainly because you'd think that he'd have some inside information on the topic, via discussion with Dave Brandon and what not. It'll be interesting to see what happens down the road.
While I realize a majority of you will go "Duh", this is just another example of why this coaching staff is dominating on the recruiting trail.
This is one of our vaunted, committed recruits. I can imagine that the family feel, as well as the full court press an uncommitted guy will get.
Just a days worth of letters from the greatest college in the land! #goblue :)
Chicago Alums/Fans, the Sports-O-Rama is tonight aka the Coaches tour... It was a fun event last year and is for charity (scholarships)/supports the alumni association.
Obviously Hoke, Beilein, and Red will be there...
Several hundred attended last year, and there are tickets available at the door: