Nice article up at AA.com about Hoke's impact on the SDSU football team and its culture, highlighting Lindley and Hillman's comments.
AA.com article about Hoke's impact on SDSU players
people probably already know this, but i hadn't realized it until i saw the 15-22 number in the article. people who played 2008-2011 went from 15-22 to 26-24 after last season. who'd have thought they'd get to leave with a winning record?
I'm happy that they were in the first group of seniors in a few years to beat Ohio.
That is a pretty good article and keeps with the theme of things you hear about Hoke. I still laugh about not being sure about the Hoke hire. Most wanted Harbaugh, myself included. What you need and what you want are usually not one in the same. Michigan got who they needed with Hoke and man am I glad we did.
Care to explain why?
Someday you will finally realize that I neg your comments and others just for this response.
Say it with me now:
POINTS DON'T COUNT. POINTS DON'T COUNT. POINTS DON'T COUNT.
When you and others finally get this through your head, it will stop.
you are psychotic.
But so are the people who bitch everytime they get negged when they know people do it just for the fuck of it.
WTF? You jackass, go ahead and try to unearth a single comment I have ever made here at MGoBlog complaining about my points. I have never given a shit about my points, don't now, and never will. If I did care about points, I'd spend a lot more time here than I do.
I do give a shit about the juvenile, gratuitous, MLive-mentality negging that people like you engage in just because you can. The fact that you would take the time to neg a post about an article about Hoke's time at his former school just because you've anointed yourself some sort of semi-official scold about points is sort of sad and pathetic.
We went through this when you got mad everytime someone negged TomVH - you got over it. You'll get over this too.
It captures your mindset very well.
I'm sort of surprised by that, but maybe the circumstance didn't permit an in-person meeting with the team.
It was winter break - students were on vacation.
IIRC, they were still on break, and he didn't have time to wait for them to come back during the height of the recruiting season, obviously.
I wonder what Brady and the Mrs' dates are like....
And with tons of finger....pointing
in my circle, who really care about Michigan football, and its tradition, were thrilled about the B. Hoke hiring. Many people who wanted Harbaugh failed to see his enormous amount of arrogance, and just affiliated it with the spirit of Michigan football. I remember getting emotional when it was announced that Brady Hoke was being hired. I recall my new wife , who is a fan of me, being so thrilled that i was finally happy, and confident in the direction my school was going. So my cool story bro was, that in one season i acquired a great wife and a great coach for my football team. The best part is that when she reads Brady Hoke articles, she beams with pride like i do, because she was part of the process so to speak..Go Blue
His new wife is a fan of him and Hoke. That's my understanding.
that Hoke brings positive energy . Try not being a smartass and witty, the post is a feel good about hoke.
double post neg away
Meet with some friends on Friday after the hire, and one saw me come in and said "you like the hire, eh?" and I said very much, and she said "I could tell by the strut in your step." Probably because the previous two months had made me so miserable.
On a side note, I find for some reason women warm up to Hoke right way. Must work great in recruiting meeting the moms.
It's impressive that the SDSU players are still raving about Hoke after he left for another job. That often doesn't happen. It speaks very well of him as a person.
Don for bringing the news. But, my problem is who or why would any body neg your post for this article???
This piece about Hoke confirms something I think many of us know, which is how much he cares for his players. During senior day, you could see how much affection there was between player and coach, and yup, even a few kisses. I personally found it extremely touching.
This was a good read, and it underscores just how far a cultural transformation like the one Hoke brought to the progam can go in conjunction with recruiting, training, practice and everything else that is core to what goes on over at Schembechler.
I think we should also compliment the players for sticking with and being accepting of this particular manner of cultural change, because it isn't easy for very many people to navigate such things (twice in their careers, in the case of many seniors) and I still remember being leery of players perhaps exiting in the wake of this change about this time last year.
The fact that Hoke can institute a "hostile takeover", if you will, and do so in such a way that players from his previous job still speak this highly of him says much about the man and the impression he makes, and in the case of SDSU, leaves. This alone tells you how much he cares about the players.
The reasons I negged this linked post:
1: Most of it is old news - more traffic for aa.com, may be? Besides, another thread was already deleted a few minutes ago about the same thing.
2: I hate people tried to spin the wheel on Hoke's "mass text" farewell to his players. Most of them were out of town and the time did not permit him to say goodbye to each individual. This has been well published and still some people, including some quite "senior" mgousers, are still failing to understand the circumstances;
3: it is a personal freedom to express our opinions, in spite of how silly it may be - fair enough?
Now go back to root for the MBB team.
The article was initially posted at AA.com this morning. I scanned the board and diaries to make sure it was not already up, and there was nothing. If there had been, I wouldn't have posted it. Why would it have been deleted? Even if it is repetitive information, it would hardly be the first time a rehash article is posted.
As far as having a personal freedom to express your opinion, where did I say you didn't have that? The fact is that you DIDN'T express your opinion until I inquired. Merely entering a neg isn't an opinion worth the term; it explains nothing about what you think and why. Now I know.
I didn't know, or had forgotten, about the exact circumstances of Hoke's departure from SDSU, but now I'm informed. Thanks.
And why do you think I'm not rooting for the MBB team?
There was a thread created earlier that linked to the same AA.com article. Within a few minutes it was negged by several people (including me) and deleted by the mods because the OP focused on the old news part of the story (that Hoke informed his SDSU players he was leaving by texting), and the poster said something to the effect that he was surprised because he expected better from Hoke. So, yeah, it linked to the same article, but the OP did neither the article nor Hoke justice by highlighting just the old news part of the story.
Well, I think we all have learned a lesson here.
And that lesson is,Shirtless, jensen, and brooktrail are intranet DBs.
If you're just now realizing that I'm an internet DB, then you haven't been paying attention.
This is what stands out from the article:
"I just remember he gave me a big hug, told me he was proud of me and gave me a kiss on the cheek. That’s just the kind of guy Coach Hoke is. It wasn’t weird. You can just tell the guy not only cares about you, he loves you. And that's how I'll always remember him."
It's the same thing I've been hearing all year from the players. I love it. Please keep winning and please never leave.
I didn't know that Hoke coached the punters. Isn't that Dan Ferrigno's job as the special teams coach?
But I to the impression that while doing his head coaching stuff, he'll come in and stick his nose ino what they're doing. Plus the uties are split up, and he actually involves himself in special teams. But Ferringo is in charge of the overall stuff.
Great post. Would have missed it if you hadn't posted it and I never tire of reading about how Hoke genuinely cares for his players.
Don't let the neg bangers get to you. There's a lot of negativity in this world that doesn't even warrant acknowledging it.
This is the goal of every great coach: to be respected and loved by your players.
While aa.com is most definitely a UM cheerleader, I believe this article is actually true and this is who Hoke is, and I'm damn proud to be a Michigan fan.
Back in December, when it was clear that RR was going to be fired, I started researching all of the "candidates" that seemed to make sense. I started with Harbaugh, because I thought he was my favorite and that he wanted the job. I quickly learned that I didn't want Harbaugh to get the job, because I believed his heart was in the NFL. I turned out to be right.
Then I started researching Miles. It didn't take long before I was pretty sure he was shady, and that I didn't want him at U of M either.
Patterson and Fitzgerald had no Michigan ties. Both seem like pretty good coaches, but not good enough that I wanted them to coach at Michigan. They're proven coaches, but so was Rich Rod, and the last thing we needed was another good coach with no understanding of what Michigan means.
I researched Hoke last. This is back in December, mind you, when his name was just a whisper in the coaching search. I was skeptical. SDSU and Ball State? Then I read more. Then I watched interviews. By January, I was convinced Hoke was the best option. But I still wasn't sure how good he'd be.
The Whitlock article helped, and so did the press conference. Then he got Mattison, to go with Borges, and rounded out a nice staff. Then he had a 10-win sesason and beat ohio.
And with all the success, what I like the most, is that he is a man of integrity who commands respect, but also loves his players. If he keeps Mattison and Borges or comparably-skilled coordinators around, I believe he will be the best coach in Michigan history. Not just for wins or X's and O's, but for the men his program produces. He's the kind of coach every good coach wants to be.