Awkward? How was it? I don't have CBS College Sports so I didn't see it.
Mike Lantry, 1972
It wasn't awkward at all.
It seems that Hoke and RR have had a few conversations. In fact the last thing Hoke said was that he was going to call RR very soon.
I thought that both Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke made the best out of an awkward situation.
Someone needs to get that on youtube, stat.
BoyzndaPahokee will be on it shortly, you can rest assured. BKfinest it.
Some of you are wishing bad "juju" on us. Karma is real!
hoke said the current players denard, PATRICK, and devin, helped in the recruiting..... who is patrick?
It sure seemed to me that Hoke took a few thinly veiled shots at Rodriguez (the "no excuses" line, and "got the character we wanted"), it looked like Rich contained his ANGAR very well, but the whole thing made me uneasy.
everytime I see RichRod, I think he represents Michigan so well and is a true Michigan man. All class, all the time. Wish him the best the rest of the way.
But I disagree.
Man, that first look on RR's face said it all. I felt bad for him. I would have told Lemming, DB, and the other dude to all shove it up their ass and walked out to get a drink of lemonade.
Seriously, why would they make him do that?
to sit there and endure one of the most awkward moments in recent sports history. How do you describe something like that? It was like interviewing the guy who is now sleeping with your wife or gf.
I am very impressed by the grace with which these two men handled that situation. RR was gracious to Hoke, and Hoke implicitly complimented RR on the quality of individuals RR brought to M.
I would be surprised if CBS did not rehearse the interview first - big ratings upside for them not to have scripted this -- RR and Brady knew about it
Yes, it was super awkward. Yes, it seemed like Rich was fishing for a compliment or two. Yes, Brady probably should have mentioned that Rich did a good job of laying the foundation for the class (he made a similar comment but didnt mention RR but name) but overall these two were absolutely professional and cordial towards each other. I would imagine that when you are in the business as long as those two gentlemen are you learn that its not personal. Brady Hoke never advocated RR to be fired, that decision was DBs decision alone. I wouldnt imagine that an interview with RR and DB would go over as smoothly.
What Brady Hoke did, or didn't advocate?
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I thought it was pretty awkward as well, but it was clear that both coaches were trying to make the best out of a bad situation. However, this wasn't the only awkward part of the day. It seemed to me that RichRod was showing the lingering effects of his firing for the entire day today. He constantly mentioned transitions, young talent that needs to be developed, and just a lot of subjects that applied to his situation here at Michigan. When talking with a correspondent in Texas who was talking about the cold weather there, he said something along the lines of "We wish it was 19 degrees in Ann Arbor in February", and although he still lives around there, it just felt like a weird statement to make as you're corresponding from somewhere else (Unless CBS is shooting in AA?).
When it came to Hoke, I thought the most awkward part was the question RR asked about the upgrade of the facilities--seeing as how he was largely responsible for the weight room upgrades, etc.... Nonetheless, both coaches kept it classy as always
Both handle themselves well. RR may not go back to coaching just yet. A little nervous but I thought he handled himself well. Good for him.
ah...this one hurts. you can almost feel RR's pain watching him ask about his old team.
"So um... how's Denard doing? Does he ever ask about me?"
anyone catch the Justice Hayes- 5 star recruit on the screen at some point?
...I cringed. As the interview went on, I ended up liking both coaches even more. What class acts they are.
RR's questions were good. After all, it is his job to provide insight, and a lot of the national audience may not have known about the facilities upgrades. If anything, RR may have helped Hoke by helping to promote more awareness of the upgrades to the part of the football community that doesn't live in Michigan, Ohio, or PA.
As for Hoke, he came off as Joe Everyman of the Midwest. That will probably play very well in recruiting the midwest. Whether or not it will play well in other states remains to be seen. Here's hoping it plays very well in the projected recruiting feast in the state of OH for next year.
Some guy from Youngstown State who sure came off like Joe Everyman of the Midwest has been pretty successful in terms of recruiting both on a regional and national basis for the past 10 years since 2001.
Kudos to Rich for agreeing to do this interview. I would venture to guess that many (if not most) coaches in a similar situation would refuse to do the interview, or would simply decline the assignment altogether knowing that the interview would be part of it.
Someone mentioned in another thread that Fulmer was in the RR position a few years back and refused to interview his successor, Lane Kiffin.
any else catch RR's face twitch a little bit when Hoker says "there are no excuses"?
It was awkward, but we have some classy coaches. Both Rich Rod and Hoke come off as being very classy individuals. I hope Rich Rod finds a solid place (out of the Big Ten) next season.
Actually didn't think that was awkward at all. RR and Hokester were both classy.
Shortly after this, they started talking about the situation at West Virginia and coaching instability in the Big East. An all-around awkward half hour for Rodriguez.
Here's a brief clip of RR on the transition:
RR remained informative and classy. Sincerely wish him and his crew the best in their next job.
just one more little ball tap for RR
in a 10 ft high chain-link octagon. I'd pay to see that.
Rich is as classy as he is stubborn. Had he focused on the defense and handled the offensive transition in the way Hoke appears to be, he would still be at Michigan. He lost alot of support when he tried to force his offense on Steven Threatt and ignored the defense. Having Robinson as DC certainly didn't help his cause either.
I wish Rich the best of luck in his next stop and am thankful that he won't have the messy divorce from Michigan that he had from WVU.
Rich asked whether the facilities had helped Brady seal it with some recruits.
Easy, rhetorical question, so good job by Rich. Then Hoke used the expression "no excuses" and then you could tell he wish he hadn't.
There was a change in Rich Rod's face with that response. He did not look happy at all.
They both handled it with class though.
Very true. RR seemed light and happy until Hoke said "no excuses". It didn't seem to be a dig at RR, but instead just a continuation of a theme repeatedly driven home (so far) by Hoke. But the guy who made a lot of excuses, was clearly uneasy having to hear that statement directly. I don't think Hoke regretted saying it though. He repeated it and said (something to the extent of), "we have no excuses and will compete at the highest levels every time we take that field". Then RR said, "Except when the sun gets in your eye."
[note for the crazies...the last sentence is a joke]
Clemson has landed 4 5-star kids in next year's class. That school will be loaded when RR gets the job after Dabo gets the axe. He's just biding his time for a year.
Wasn't really that awkward, because both guys handled it with class and respect...two things sorely lacking in some members of the media.
I think if I was someone who had no knowledge of the situation (like, if I'd just awakened from a month-long coma or something), I wouldn't have found the interview awkward at all.
BUT... since that's not the case, I'll say this: It kinda made me want to cry a little. It's the first time I've seen or heard RR since he was fired, and it reminded me of how we will never, ever know what might have been. Sigh.
All things considered, it seems like these guys handled themselves with class. All the best to both of them.