Michigan was ranked #2 in the country less than five years ago. People make it sound like the program has completely fallen apart over that time period. Not only will people not give Hoke a chance but they'll tell you we'll never be where we used to be. Why not? Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, etc. are all programs that have had their years of mediocrity and struggle. Mack Brown hadn't had national championship like teams at North Carolina. Bob Stoops was a coordinator. Pete Carrol was nothing special on paper. But those schools trusted those coaches to make changes and that's what they did. Brady Hoke isn't Lloyd Carr. If you want proof of that just watch highlights of SDSU this season. So I'm not going to resign myself to believing this is an acceptance of mediocrity simply based on Hoke's past coaching stops.
This program needed a change in 2007, but it didn't need the complete overhaul that it received. It needed a modern outlook on conditioning and a more creative mind in playcalling. The actions taken, however were a sign of panic, and they set up RR for failure as much as any newspaper or botched recruit did. Those same signs of panic are present again.
Any sense of "triumph of mediocrity" is a creation of a fanbase who are paranoid and who are currently treading in unchartered waters and who would rather wallow in fear and loathing than realize it's not the end of the world if there are a few more tough years ahead.
I'll give Hoke the benefit of the doubt. I'll give the players who have all welcomed him as their leader that same benefit as well. They're what the program is about, afterall.