"I hope, and I think, we're done with the dead era of Michigan football," former U-M tailback Chris Perry [2000-03] said. "Everyone I talk to, all my former teammates and all the Michigan Men I saw at the Mott fundraiser a few weeks ago are convinced we have the right person in charge and everyone is committed to getting on board.
"We didn't have that the last few years because we didn't have the right guy as coach but we've learned from our own mistakes. Coach Hoke is the guy that wanted this place. Jim and John Harbaugh were the sexy picks but if you have to throw all kinds of money at them and woo them like you're asking a girl to prom ... to me that says that those guys aren't invested in the program. Coach Hoke is invested and he's going to get this program back and when he does Michigan State is going to go back to its place.
"They can talk trash right now. They should be talking trash. They've taken advantage of us when we're down and that's how a little brother beats a big brother. Maybe you're playing basketball and the older brother has a sprained ankle and he's not himself. If you're not beating him then you're never going to beat him. But when he's healthy again, you better watch out because he's been embarrassed and he's going to be motivated. I know Michigan is motivated."
"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."