this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Hoke Named Michigan Football Coach
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 11) the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Hoke arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10).
“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady,” said Brandon. “He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom.”
I cut the blah blah blah bits since the second paragraph details Michigan's accomplishments when he was a position coach on the staff.
Certainly not a big splash but at least I don't have to think about it anymore.
No longer needs to be spent online...?
Because traffic to this site is going to drop back to normal levels over the next 24 hours.
I like the emphasis on defense. The key hire is going to be the OC. What are the options there?
That's what I'm telling myself too. Can't help but think more people would have supported RR if they knew that the only alternative was Hoke. Hopefully it works out though.
I almost feel bad for Hoke. Aside from the feelings of Brandon and the apparent cabal of supporters he has in the UM community I can't help but feel that Hoke is an entirely underwhelming if not disappointing hire. I would felt the same way if we had hired Schiano three years ago. So not excited about this.
The program is better today than it was on the 1st. If Hoke makes more than RR, Brandon should be terminated immediately.
Hoke Named Michigan Football Coach
Jan. 11, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 11) the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Hoke arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10).
"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," said Brandon. "He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom."
Hoke spent eight seasons in Ann Arbor before embarking on his head coaching career. He mentored the Wolverines defensive line all eight seasons, a group that helped Michigan rank annually among the nation's best in rushing and total defense. Hoke coached three linemen to All-America honors during his tenure -- William Carr (1996), Glen Steele (1997) and Rob Renes (1999) -- and had five players earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades.
A member of Michigan's staff during its 1997 national championship season, Hoke helped the defense lead the nation in rushing defense at 89 yards per game and 2.7 yards per carry. Michigan's team posted 5-3 records against Michigan State, Ohio State and in bowl games during Hoke's tenure on the staff.
Hoke was named the 2010 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Aztecs to a 9-4 overall record and 5-3 conference mark. He led SDSU to its first bowl game in 12 years, a 35-14 victory over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. Six of his players earned first-team All-MWC honors in 2010, including running back Ronnie Hamilton, the league's freshman of the year. In his first season at San Diego State, Hoke had five players named to All-MWC teams, while 11 players were MWC All-Academic selections.
Hoke took the leadership position at his alma mater, Ball State, in 2003 and built it into a championship program before departing after six seasons for the West Coast. He mentored players to 35 All-MAC selections in six years en route to a pair of bowl game appearances in 2007 and '08. The 2008 season marked the best season in program history, as the Cardinals tallied a school-record 12 wins and completed an undefeated Mid-American Conference regular season. His team won the West Division championship in 2008 and shared the division crown in 2007.
Hoke has 28 years of collegiate experience, with assistant coaching stints at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86), Toledo (1987-88), Oregon State (1989-94) and Michigan (1995-2002).
A 1982 graduate of Ball State University, Hoke earned four letters (1977-80) with the Cardinals. He was part of the only two teams in school history to post undefeated conference seasons: as a player in 1978 and as head coach in 2008. Hoke led BSU to the 1978 MAC championship, and as a team captain in 1980 earned All-MAC second team honors.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Hoke graduated from Fairmont East High School in 1977. Hoke and his wife, the former Laura Homberger, have one daughter, Kelly.
Brandon will formally introduce Hoke at a press conference Wednesday (Jan. 12) at 1 p.m. EST. The media opportunity will be held at the Junge Family Champions Center located between the Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena tunnels. The press conference is not open to the public. Both Brandon and Hoke will be unavailable for media interviews until tomorrow's press conference.
Not all in for this one.
Unless he ends up, you know, winning a ton of games AMIRITE
It's Hoke. Please don't choke.
Sorry couldn't resist.
'cause I want to know everything that transpired in this mess.
DB fired RR.
DB hires Hoke, but doesn't tell anyone.
DB pretends to do a bunch of stuff, despite having secret Skype sessions with Brady Hoke at night where they show each other their penises.
JH takes SF job.
DB pretends to do more stuff, despite sending his used undies to Hoke through FedEx.
Les Miles stays at LSU.
DB exhales as this exhausting process can finally close.
Hoke officially hired as coach.
I hate Mike Valenti.
I hate Terry Foster.
Please let "basketball on grass" be just big talk. I want Denard to stay around. I want an offense that boggles the mind as well as a shutdown defense. Why can't I have both?
Please Denard stay please stay oh god please stay
Brian Kelly is actually a very good co
not Brandon. This was a clusterfrick of a coaching search. The pimp hand is dead to me.
and of course most of us will support him regardless. But you're right how brandon handled it has all the hallmarks of someone who is used to committee type decision making. We just drunkenly staggered around wasting this recruiting class (and making yet another at least semi-difficult transition) to get the guy who wouldve came here how many weeks ago.
For what it's worth... Already getting positive tweeds from Mike Hart and Desmond Howard.
Can they cone back and play for us? I want to know what current players think. Especially Denard.
Mike Martin says he's excited. Does that help?
Yes. Actually it makes me feel much better. Still a bi worried about Denard though.
I'm glad that they will support whoever the coach is, but does anyone else remember college gameday from the rose bowl? Herbie mentioned Hoke as a candidate for the Michigan job and Desmond laughed. We've all been punk'd.
Not sure we even have ND schadenfreude anymore. Brian Kelly is actually a very good coach who led Cincinnati to a top 5 ranking and BCS bowl. We have Hoke. FML.
I was going to tell you that when Bo was hired people said "Bo who?". But then I realized that he win the vast majority of his games and two MAC championships at Miami. Shit.
By the way, Tressel was 135-57-2, with 4 championships, before that school down south hired him.
I believe the we r ND was in reference to hokey more so than the sky is falling.
You trolled for WEEKS about RR and then rip reactions an hour after the hire? Unbelievable.
He's saying that he'll critique on performance, and if Brady sucks, criticize him too. Consistent. What he's pointing out that people complained that those who used to rip on anyone who wasn't all in or whatever seem like the first one's to gnash teeth over the hire, and not give him a chance, before he's even coached a game, and shown he'd fail here (after spending all that time defending someone who WAS failing). Inconsistent.
And considering you've spent a week throwing in remarks on how stupid people were for flying off the handle...doing so now doesn't look good.
There is a non-zero chance that the man knows what he is doing and can win football games at Michigan.
Also, please stop crying. It makes you look like spoiled children.
TAKE IT LIKE A MAN
Any 5* SDSU recruits we can steal?
I wish I could posbang the stars out of this.
Looks worth stealing.
5-6 of them.
Congratulations to coach Hoke. I wish him the best and am looking forward to watching it all unfold, starting with wmu in September. You have your work cut out for you, but it should be fun.
As for Brian, come on man. We'll become ND by whining and acting entitled, and you're leading the way.
It's not Miles, right Brian?
As I said b4. Now that it's over. I'm all in again. Go Blue.
We should all be putting our full support behind him even if he wasn't our first choice.
Or second, or third, or . . . But yeah, I get your point.
I love stats comparing the Big Ten and the MWC. Can we do it again?
Yes they do. You cannot look at BSU's or TCU's numbers and say "Wow! Look what they can do!" Much in the same way a shit B1G team can go to a shit conference and pad stats, you cannot say that great stats in a shit conference equals success with the big boys. Sorry, it doesn't work that way.
In the Big East?
I'm worried about the fact that the sole reason we were even that high will leave us, or not be used effectively. But I am really looking forward to a defensive scheme that works.
So he tells everybody he is going to bust out the wallet and buy the fan base a Ferrari. He comes back with a used mini van. Way to go Dave!
My life feels emptyish
We just did it backwards. We hired the flashy offensive guru first and the unknown with no recruiting prowess second. Here's hoping this sequence turns out better.