Is the best about Brady Hoke & the coaching staff. They equal CLASS. ! Hail.
Forget the size of the school, what Brady Hoke and Michigan did today was unprecedented.
Actually, as someone else mentioned in another thread, there was precedent, and at Michigan.
See July 8, 2003. Probably not the same fan experience without the mgoblog effect, but 6 commits (including one Mike Hart) nonetheless.
Forget the size of the school, what Brady Hoke and Michigan did today was unprecedented.
Edit: Of note, only 4/6 commits then were 4-stars, and July is a bit different than February.
One of the reporters contacted rivals about that day and that info is not accurate. But who really cares.
While it may be unprecedented at UofM, it appears Florida had quite the day on the recruiting trail today as well. They also pulled in 6 recruits, and like us, have 8 of their 9 recruits in the 4* range. Not to take anything away from what Hoke did, but some southern schools like Florida and Texas do this type of thing on their Junior Days yearly.
to that end of story.
thats what im shoutin!
We're not worthy. Amazing day.
That is all.
I must admit... I was praying for anyone but Hoke to get the job during the search. I was very concerned about recruiting and thought Les and/or Harbaugh would be able to pull in recruits that Hoke would never get a chance to talk to. I couldn't have been any more wrong. Brady Hoke for President.
When he was an assistant in the late 90's-early oughts he was a stud recruiter.
Damn we gonna be good going forward, think about the 2013 and future teams and how good they're gonna be. Let's set up another game with any SEC team for 2014, bring it on!!!
You ever go to PB Bar and Grill for the games? I usually go to them, but live in Temecula and we're about to relocate back down to downtown due to my girlfriends new position in Little Italy. We should get together!! I need more UM friends down here!!
My kids sporting events typically cause a conflict, but I live in the Kensington area, and try to get down there! Love that place on Sat mornings!
I love the kensington area. I didn't expect to see a San Diego post in this thread. Have any of you been to Sessions Public in Point Loma? They fly a michigan and USC flag during football season.
If I'm at my sisters I go but I'm in oc so that requires me tO wake up way too early for the noon games.
I live in PB (Pacific Beach) and that is an M Bar for sure, Moondoggies right next door is an ohio Bar.
I usually watch the games at home cause I got 3 monitors above my fireplace and it's a great set-up. Let me know how to reach you and we can watch the games for sure, whether at my place or a sports bar.
Used to meet at Giovanni's off balboa for football games but I haven't been in a while, the price of having three boys I guess.
glad i was wrong. pushing top 10 in football, hockey and basketball. back to the good old days...
can Hoke recruit, but he and his staff can coach. They maximize the talent that they have. This bodes well for the type of recruits, that Michigan is bringing in. The direction that the program is heading in, is exciting to say the least.
Brady Hoke was hired on my birthday. I told my father this was a terrible present. I was wrong. BEST PRESENT EVER. I'll forever be in debt for my unkind words about our future presidential candidate, Brady T. Hoke (while I don't know his middle name, I must assume that it is 'Tremendous').
Ever any doubt? ;-)
I can admit I to some doubt. I didn't think that there was some Michigan "it" that Hoke could have that another coach couldn't, but it's there. It really exists and Hoke has whatever "it" is in spades. Today was an off-the-charts day, and though my doubts were thoroughly dispelled during last season and the recruiting cycle, even the most hardcore of haters can't look past the accomplishments of the day and say that Hoke is anything other than a man with a cotton-pickin maize-n-blue heart. Go Blue, Hoke uber alles!
Maybe a humblebrag. I don't even say there was anything wrong with some doubt. There were legitimate reasons. I will knock some of the outright vitriol by some. But don't really care that much anymore; because we're on the right track. That's all that matters.
It's days like this that I really love my signature.
You and me both.
Michigan for life. Just another reason why its great to be a Michigan Wolverine. GO BLUE!!
his pointing. Recruits come and see how amaing his pointing skills are, and commit on the spot.
I don't agree with all of David Brandon's decisions, but the single most important decision he is ever going to make while AD at Michigan is who to hire for the head football coach. He knocked this one out of the park.
Well, to be accurate, Harbaugh and Miles kind of made the decision for him.
I don't believe that Brandon ever seriously wanted to hire either one of those guys.
I will give you Miles, but I think he wanted Harbaugh and he is happiest he got Hoke!
"Not all that shines is gold"
Excuse if it's not word for word, but you get the message.
I agree and thats why I said I think he was happiest he got Hoke.
There's little question he wanted -- and expected -- Harbaugh. Miles is debatable.
Sorry, but I never got that impression from Brandon when I was following the search. I don't think he felt Harbaugh was the one to pursue so he never really did and besides we all knew Harbaugh wanted to go to the next level.
I felt Hoke was great from the get go! Anytime you can get someone that wants a job as bad as he did, you know you will get complete devotion to it! I used to hire less qualified employees over other qualified people because they showed me they wanted the position more and they always turned out to be good hires.
AS far as I am concerned I don't ever need to hear the names of Miles and Harbaugh brought up again concerning the head coaching position at Michigan, they didn't want it and it showed!!!!!!!
How is there "little question" about Harbaugh? Has anyone ever confirmed that we offered him the job? We may have, but it's not clear. Brandon denies it and I don't think Harbaugh ever said anything about it.
I don't think there's anything to debate about Miles. Miles denied that we offered. Brandon denied it. John Bacon, in Three and Out, definitively stated that we did not offer (and even seemed to take a shot at Brandon for not doing so).
There's little question he wanted -- and expected -- Harbaugh. Miles is debatable.
way to stay on the positive...this was a great day in case you missed it
Do not call Meyer, and commit,
We're lookin' for you.
We gon' sign you!
We gon' sign you!
Hide your 5* O-linemen, Ohio.
an article was written by a guy who followed Brady Hoke around for several years during the beginning of Michigan's coaching search and the writer was saying he hopes Brady Hoke gets it because he has known for so long the genuine love he has for this school and that when receiving his SDSU job he told administration his dream job was to coach at Michigan. I knew from that sentence on I wanted that man to coach this program. Ever since his press conference I knew my feelings were correct, we couldn't ask for a more perfect match. Go Blue
that is the longest sentence ever.
"Traditionally, the longest sentence in English Literature has been said to be a sentence in Ullyses by James Joyce, which clocks in at 4,391 words. Past editions of The Guinness Book of World Records have listed this record.
However, Joyce's record has recently been surpassed. Jonathan Coe's The Rotters Club, published in 2001, contains a sentence with 13,955 words. I believe he currently holds the record in "English Literature."
However hold on to your seats...
There is also, apparently, a Polish novel, Gates of Paradise, with a 40,000 word sentence. I have been unable so far to find absolute confirmation on an author. Bramy Raju, written by Jerzy Andrzejewski, and published in 1960, translates as Gates of Paradise, but it has been described as a novella. And while there is no absolute definition of that term, novellas are usually shorter than 40,000 words.
Finally, there is a Czech novel that consists of one long sentence -- Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal. It is this novel that Coe has said inspired his 13,955 word sentence. Hrabal's 'novel sentence' is 128 pages long, though I have been unable to find an exact word count. It most likely takes the award for longest sentence. Even if it doesn't, it dwarfs Hugo's significantly.
I think you're referring to this Jason Whitlock article:
It's worth reading again.
The best part of this article is reading the comments and wondering "what do you fools have to say now?"
You can find some of that on MGoBlog, too. Example:
Very very interesting how right Whitlock has been.
And can we ensure that bobrease227 is never allowed to access this site again please!
Oh definitely and I guess I mean you never really get to hear the changed opinions of the doom & gloomers on these types of articles. Here I think its safe to say by most of the recent comments those of us that were up in arms over his hiring we wrong, and happy to be so. I will be honest I didn't know what to think last January when he was announced. I did a little reading and watched his introductory press conference and I can say that afterwards I was selling him to the rest of my Michigan buddies who were still on the fence. I could not be happier with the man leading our team. It has been said before but he is here to stay this is his destination job and that mixed with everything else he brings to coaching I think has a big impact on these kids with where they decide go.
That was an unfortunate case of the herd mentality backfiring. On any sports website, most posters follow the lead of the moderators. In this case, when Brian melted down, the board followed. If Brian had never expressed an opinion on Hoke before his hire, 95% of that negativity wouldn't have been there. Hoke had turned around two programs, was very well thought-of in the football community, and was beloved by the players whom he'd coached here from 1995-2002. But Brian was SO down on the hire that people assumed he must have some insight into Hoke that everyone else was missing. It turned out to be the reverse.
Was a funny read.
It's filtering through the rest of the programs as well. It's more than just Beilein now referring to Ohio as "Ohio." It's more than vocabularly changes. It's a different expectation. And I thoroughly believe Beilein deserves a fair amount of credit too, he just needed a like-minded leader at the helm of the flagship program, football. The two of them combined: wow. If you are a mom, how could you not want your kid to be part of this family? If you are a recruit, how can you not want to join in the success and the love these teams have for each other?
^^^^This. When is the last time you remember seeing arguably the highest profile athlete on campus showing up at so many other sporting events(at any school). They arent rushing in and rushing out either they are in the middle of the Rage and COY. This just says to me that the family atmosphere we keep hearing about is more than just talk.
Why did you mention RichRod and not the years before him? Hoke has done more than the last 10 years of Lloyd Carr as well.
The program had been on the decline for sometime before RR. Carr's last few years featured diminished recruiting, diminished coaching and diminished success. 2006 was a bit of a mirage in a desert of steady decline for the team before RR drove the team off a cliff.
Hoke now has thinks back to where they were in the 80's and 90's and I couldn't be happier.
The diminished success in Lloy'd's last few years on the field were most specifically against Ohio and in bowl games. Michigan played in 3 Rose Bowls out of Lloyd's final 5 seasons. With that said, Lloyd never had to come in and take over a program that had reached its lowest point. The job Hoke is going to do and has already done is remarkable.
In fairness, Hoke hasn't "had to come in and take over a program that had reached its lowest point" either. That thankless job fell to Rich Rod who was handed the keys to a broken and dysfunctional program. When Hoke took over he had the following things that Rich Rod did not have:
1. Full Support from media and football alumni
2. Full support from Lloyd Carr - look how much we've seen and heard from him compared to Rich Rod era
3. 11 returning starters on Offense and upperclass Denard - RRod had Sheridammit/Threet and virtually every important skill position was completely inexperienced on O.
4. Functional RB's
5. Upperclass on D - not that RRod knew what to do with them but at least he didn't hand over a Freshman ladened group.
6. Total implosion at OSU with their "all world" QB and HC running for cover.
7. Total implosion at PSU which continues today.
Hoke walked into the perfect situation and I am glad he has taken the opportunity and made the most of it.
Things are looking up so let's please get over the previous regime and focus on team 133.
Full support from Lloyd Carr - look how much we've seen and heard from him compared to Rich Rod era
While I don't doubt that Carr supports Hoke, I don't remember him saying a whole lot about him publicly. Most of the time we've seen Carr, it's had to do with him getting coaching awards.
Hoke did an outstanding job. A year ago at this time, no one (myself included) had us winning 11 games and a BCS bowl - and yet all those things you listed were evident.
Oh wait; there are no reporters embedded with Hoke. Well, then, we can wait until Lloyd Carr writes his own book and answers all of the detailed questions from determined reporters and resourceful bloggers and... No, wait that's another thing that isn't happening anytime soon.
A year ago at this time, no one (myself included) had us winning 11 games and a BCS bowl - and yet all those things you listed were evident.
Correction; Rich Rodriguez and John U. Bacon both predicted 9 or 10 regular season wins. They weren't asked about a "BCS bowl", but then again the way that Michigan got itself into a BCS bid (basically on the basis of fan support/marketing/$$$) versus a Cap One bowl bid in 2012 didn't have much to do with Hoke, apart from having achieved the requisite 10 win regular season. As predicted by at least two guys.
You honestly think Rodriguez was ever going to say that he thought the team was going to fail? Of course he's going to say 10 win season. If they got it, he could say he knew it all along and that it was because of his foundation. If they didn't he could say he could have done it and he shouldn't have been fired. Saying 10 win season was win-win for him. But who is going to take a man who had a defense and special teams at or near the bottom seriously? Who is going to listen to a person that had 3 dismal seasons, each of which got worse as the seasons progressed.
It's evident that you're a Rich Rod fan. I respect that. Yeah, the man wasn't treated well during his time here. I get it. If he had Jeff Casteel, perhaps things would have been different. I understand that. But in the end, it didn't work out. Three terrible seasons. Miles isn't liked at LSU, but he wins. Saban burned bridges at a lot of places he coached at, but he wins. Just because the environment is hostile, doesn't mean you can't win. Just because you have players that don't match the scheme you want to a tee, doesn't mean you can't win. Team 132 was an example of that.
I don't get why every single thread that has an iota of praise for Hoke has to be turned into a "Rich Rod was a victim" by you. Hoke and his staff were successful in their own right. The defense went from one of the worst in the country to one of the best. The special teams went from missing field goals and botching punts to winning games. Hoke is loved by his players - players that he didn't recruit that were very loyal to Rich Rod. But he got them to buy in and he earned their respect.
If you're on a one man mission to tear Hoke apart, have fun with that. But it's insanely hypocritical to lash out at people who are dismissive of Rich Rod while yourself going on Hoke rampages.
Much like his devoted followers on here, I will forever remember him clamoring before the season that our team was too small to compete for a Big Ten title...then this very team went out and matched his second best season ever. For a man who likes to stay out of the spotlight, this was his smug little way of sticking it to RR - and in turn, Michigan football players, whom he's supposed to be a mentor towards - after he was out the door. He's a world class bitter old man. But lets keep trotting him out at games to support a team he didn't believe in.
Also, once Denard stayed, Mattison signed and Ohio imploded, rational fans knew and predicted this team - with its bevy of starters and weak schedule - would win at least 9-10 games. The doom and gloom was just a combination of Hoke doubters and RR haters who either didn't believe that A. the coach was good enough or B. the players he was left with were good enough. Anyone who gave Hoke a chance and didn't buy into Lloyd's mentality about team 132 should have seen a good season coming as long as Borges didn't try and turn Denard into something he wasn't.
I truly love this man. And that's hilarious that he was yelling at the refs for the bad calls.
The only thing that could have been any better is if he would have pointed at Bilas to make him stfu.
Brady Hoke= delicious Buckeye tears for everyone.
Any pics of the football team in the stands? You could barely see them on tv. Who's was the yoked guy with his shirt off?
Kenny Demens. He's huge.
Don't ever doubt Hoke. Ever.
Hoke = El Guapo. Senores y Senoras, we now have a 'plethora' of commits.
On one side Urbandoucheface says he has a decent class after signing day. Hoke says he loves the kids he recruited and brought in a lot of talent. How can parents not see through the bullshit Urbandoucheface puts out to the recruits?
Are you kidding? We are now more than one third of the way through this recruiting class and still no 5 stars. What is everyone so happy about? This is UNACCEPTABLE. I liked Hoke when we won the Sugar Bowl, but everything since then from the outrageous celebration on was DISGUSTING. I am very disappoint. Fire Hoke.
have done exactly what they needed to do. Get the word out that Michigan is back and get your players to fit your system. Hoke, Mattison, Hecklinski(recruiting head), Borges, Jackson, etc. all deserve a round of applause for the work they put in day in day out for Michigan.
I cannot remember a one day recruiting haul like this ever happening before, especially a year from signing day. With all of the sales pitches and promises this kids will hear, most of them will at some point recognize who genuinely wants them there for the good of the player and the school versus who wants them there to bolster their record and their wallet. Brady Hoke was by far the best man for the job, because he wants to win for Michigan, not for Brady Hoke. Great day. Goodnight. Go Blue!
As soon as I heard Brady Hoke speak, I knew he'd be the right man for this program. I had no idea it'd be to this extent that he's absolutely kicking ass so soon.
I went back and read post on this board when Hoke was hired. Boy there were some pessimistic folks around that day. I thnk it all started to change after his press conference. When he got up there and did his thing, you could tell this guy was going to do great things. He's passionate about Michigan and it's traditions and expectations. Like an assistant of his from SDSU said "The question isn't will Brady Hoke win a national title at Michigan, the question is when he'll win it?"
I wanted to claw my eyes out when I heard that Brady Hoke was hired. I thought it was a failure and a copout on Dave Brandon's part.
I am very happy to say that I was dead wrong.
is that he's hired a great staff of talented assistant coaches, makes sure that they're all pulling in the same direction, and is letting them do their jobs. A HC is only as good as his assistants, and Hoke has that nailed.
The quality of his assistant coaches has also impressed me.
Just a group of humble, hard working guys that want to coach Michigan first, and their preferred schemes second.
That's huge, and IMO the primary reason RR failed. When you don't have assistants who can do their job competently, you run into whatever that defense was.
...if you replaced "have" with "hire".
Assistants don't fall from heaven. You choose them, and they choose you. Hoke is the reason we have this staff.
A million dollars for his dream DC is something Rich Rodriguez might have enjoyed.
And Rodriguez might also have enjoyed devoting all of his energy to recruting instead of battling a press-driven NCAA investigation.
I know that if I were a recruit, and sportswriters were debating when the head coach of a school that was recruting me might get fired, I'd cross that school off my list.
I don't mind all of the enthusiasm over Hoke; I do mind the fanboys' forgetting, or not understanding, history.
Totally agree with this.
And based on the ACs brought in by Hoke, one has to give credit to Brandon not just for the Hoke hire, but for SIGNIFICANTLY boosting the AC salary budget, allowing for great support (something RR never had, and the quality of his AC staff reflected that).
In fact, with the exception of Ohio, the entire B1G suffers from under compensation at the AC level, and will have some difficulty competing with the f'ing SEC as a conference until they follow Michigan's/Brandon's lead.
BTW, am I the only one that caught the misapplied SEC logo graphic ESPN put up fullscreen during the bball game last night?
Beat the Buttguys (what my young son calls the Buckeyes)
True, but Carr had even less money (for himself and staff) and that doesn't seem to prevent some from tagging him as responsible for the downward spiral. So let's just take money out of the equation and figure out which of the 3 staffs was unlike the other 2. That belongs to Rodriguez, with a different philosophy and set of priorities. Hoke and Carr are similar old school, line it up and knock the other guy on his ass kind of coaches.
...they're always nice to have, but Carr had less need of a million-dollar assistant than Rodriguez.
Not snark, or an insult--it's just the natural consequence of having an HC with essentially no knowledge or experience on one side of the ball.
"Tagging him as responsible" and "Having decline occur under his watch," are used interchangeably on the internets...
... But they don't quite mean the same thing.
And the standard upon which ACs are paid is a moving one. Michigan might have been at the average, heck even above average, in say Moeller's era.
But by the time of RichRod, CLEARLY we, and the rest if the B1G, were behind the SEC-driven times.
Now, thank goodness, we also seem to be lagging behind SEC oversigning, but I think most of us would agree that that's a Good Thing.
And note, my observation regarding AC salaries is not meant as a fig leaf for RR...
... Just to note that Brandon deserves some credit not just for Hokemania, but also his part in making a budget that allowed for MattesOwnage and Borgasm.
Given the choice of going back to RR but with these ACs vs. staying with Hoke, it's a no-brainer (thought I'd be curious to see what would happen...)! If for no other reason than Hoke's Michigan has less Josh Groban.
But the kick ass recruiting adds a point or two on behalf of Hoke.
And I genuinely do wish RR the best (except vs. B1G). But this team (AD, ACs, HC, general Mich Spirit) is SO much better.
Enjoy and appreciate the ride, gang. Just recognize it takes a LOT of people doing good work to provide it!
Let's hope Ziff doesn't read your post, he will start 10 threads about the worthlessness of assisstant coaches
I think the best thing about Hoke is that he's such a likeable, genuine, decent guy. If we had hired Harbaugh or Miles, the football program's ceiling would have been extremely high, but at the end of the day, they'd still kind of be assholes. In 14 months, Hoke has demonstrated that the football program's ceiling is just as high with him leading it, and there's no "but" involved.*
*except, hopefully, Jake
Ah, I see what you did there, funny stuff, funny
Even my Ohio friends, when I asked them who they considered a better person, chose Brady Hoke over Urban Meyer.
Reading this before the hire is what had me sold on Hoke.
<blockquote>"Brady Hoke loves hard. He loves his family, his players, his assistant coaches, Ball State football and Michigan football. You think winning 12 games and getting into the BCS conversation is difficult at Stanford? Try doing it at Ball State. ... Jim Harbaugh's 12–1 can't touch Brady Hoke's 12–1. ... Michigan is his destination job. He has no interest in auctioning himself off to the highest bidder. He loves Ann Arbor. He'd crawl on hot, broken glass to work inside Schembechler Hall as the head coach. ... He has an uncanny ability to get kids to believe in him and believe in themselves. He doesn't do it with smooth words. He's not smooth. He does it by being the same genuine person day after day. ... He connects. The kids hang on his words, respond to his tough love and accept his discipline." ~Fox Sports analyst and Ball State alumnus Jason Whitlock
Sitting in my car and hearing Brady's introductory presser is what had me convinced that Michigan just hired "Bo 2.0". My professor took attendance and needless to say, she accepted my excuse for being tardy that day.
ya turd that was the article I was referring to, made me fall in love with the guy. If anyone wants to feel extra mushy towards hoke on this glorious day give it a read, it will make you respect him even more. If that's possible at this point
My bad, I scanned the bored but I must have missed your post. But in all truth, reading that now makes me teer up even more now that I know what the mans really about.
Eight 4start recruits according to rivals.
Agree with everything. I only wish we could let the Lil Bro nickname go. I think we can all agree it didn't really end well for us... I know it will never go away now though.. I'd rather we just wiped the floor with everyone and didn't talk any trash or even acknowledge their whining. Kill em with kindness off the field and kill them with our superior strength and form tackling on the field. That is my dream.
and I believe it now more than ever. I think Hoke's affection for the school rubs off big time on recruits and their families. It seems like it's infectious. Kids don't just agree to play for Michigan, they are excited and they try to recruit other kids to join them
It's really nice knowing we have a head coach that's not using the position as a stepping stone to the NFL. It's also really nice knowing that we have a head coach that not only wants to win games but also teach his players how to be accountable and to be good people. Nice bonus that he can recruit!
Not only is he bringing in good talent, he is bringing in good kids that share his enthusiasm for Michigan, and he is really establishing a band of brothers type atmosphere here. January 3rd was just a harbinger of things to come. The future is indeed bright with him here.
big fan of RR and was bummed when he was treated badly and let go.
I was NOT a fan of the Hoke hire and thought we "settled" when we could not land Miles or Harbaugh.
I am much harder to win over than most. All Hoke has done so far is win with RR's players and the most dynamic player in CFB ( Denard of course ).
I am fully convinced RR would have had a great season too had he been kept on.
As for recruiting....Hoke has done well as far as "on paper" and star rating if you believe in those. The proof as to him being a great coach and recruiter is a few years away yet.
Lets not deify him just yet. If he really is the next Bo....we will know soon enough.
With all that being said.....is it possible i was just totally wrong about the Hoke hire?
It sure as hell is looking that way.
He seems to be a totally capable coach and a first class person.
Sometimes being wrong does not hurt all that much. And crow....with the right seasoning....is not that horrible either.
RR wasn't going 11-2, no effing way, he sucked, pure and simple.
Yeah Hoke did it with RR recruits, now imagine what he will do with his recruits.
You were way wrong about Hoke, we're lucky to have him, there isn't a coach like him in the country. We'll never have to worry about him being wooed away or retire due to health like the UM who coaches ohio.
classy guy are you Mick?
Its not been proven i am way wrong about Hoke.
And you have some serious reading comprehension problems.
didn't mean to come off like a jerk. I just hated the RR era so much, I knew halfway thru the 08' season that he was the wrong hire and it killed me to think about how long it was gonna take to fire him, I got my wonderful answer last year and early too.
I'm just mystified by you for saying that you are/were an RR fan, why? How? If you have been an M fan long enough, how could you be a fan of someone who was making a mockery of our program?
We lost our toughness, recruiting aura, weakened in every season towards the latter half of those seasons, I could go on for a while. What did he do that was so promising, please don't say Denard, it doesn't make up for our failures under RR. I think we woulda been fine at QB, Denard still has a lot to prove in the QB department but I believe in him and hope he can light it up next year.
Omit everything after "just yet. If he really is..." and that's my friend's perspective. To me it seems ignorant to not even acknowledge what he accomplished on the field last year and the turnaround he made with that defense while staying about even with the offense (410 pts scored this year compared to 412 last year), not to mention the success he's had on the recruiting trail for 2012 and now 2013.
Couldn't be happier about where we are! Go Blue!
is the best thing to happen in the history of ever
I love that he can recruit, but he definitely puts players in position to win as well. I have tremendous confidence that he and the assistant coaches are going to be able to put this talent to great use over the next 4 or 5 years. It's going to be quite a run, especially since Borges is able to be create an offense around the talent he has.
but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!
and it surely applies to Brady Hoke and Michigan. Thank God we got Brady instead of Les Miles or Jim Harbaugh!!!!!!!!!!
Cant say enough good things about coach Hoke and this staff. What a day!
an Alabama on the recruiting trail today.
The good kind of Alabama, not the sleezy kind.
Yep. This sort of day is why I enjoyed NSD...no drama...UM didn't pull off any last-minute surprises, but the kids who said yes all came, Hoke and Co. didn't lose a soul, and they had already started on building the next class, from the ground up both in football and personal terms.
Well, we did snag Norfleet late in the game, who could be a very exciting player these next few years.
But yeah, point well taken. Last spring/summer it seemed like UM had gotten some sort of NCAA waiver to allow them a totally different recruiting schedule than the rest of FBS!
It's so much better to secure a class as early as possible -- bird in the hand and all that. But just wait. In a few months, after M has secured 95 percent of its top-five class, we'll start seeing threads bemoaning M's "lack of momentum" and "failure to close."
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I am sure Urban Meyer feels the same way about OSU.
I really believe what we're seeing are the fruits of Hoke's genuine and authentic commitment to integrity, responsibility and accountability. That message rings true to a lot of recruits ... and to a lot of parents of recruits.
The word is out ... Michigan is not just a football factory, it's a school in life's important lessons. Young men of character yearn to fight the good fight ... to test and prove themselves with honor.
I love Hoke ... I think he's the real deal ... a genuine man of authentic character.
I cannot say that I "knew" Hoke was THE man for the job, but I certainly believed he'd succeed. I admit not knowing anything about him prior to RR being fired, but a little sports TV and some web searching quickly had me optimistic. What I found:
--Hoke bleeds maize and blue
--he had told everyone for years that UM is his dream job
--he built winners out of HORRIBLE programs, BSU took a few years longer than SDSU, but it was his first HC job, no surprise
--I couldn't find any negative words about him from those that know/knew him
--Dave Brandon. He played under Bo, so I felt good that his choice would be the right one. I believed the AD gig was more than just a job to him
--the famous introductory presser
--we soon found out Borges and Mattison were on board. Nuff said!
I never relished the idea of Miles coming to UM. I didn't like his in-game gaffes, and wasn't so sure that his success had more to do with being at LSU than anything else. For the record, I thought Harbaugh was the ticket. The only reservation I had with him was the whole NFL stepping-stone dynamic, which came true. And he is kind of a cocky a-hole. Damn fine football coach, though, and would have been great at UM as long as he was on board.
Sorry if this was too long, but this past year has been such a great feel good story for Brady Hoke and the whole UM program! GO BLUE!
I'm just repeating what everyone else has been saying but fuck it. Hoke really earned and deserves this praise he's getting. We couldn't have found a better hire. He's so genuine and real...Im lost for words but I've never ever seen anything like this and we haven't even won a big ten championship yet let alone national championship. This feeling I have right now is awesome!
There are a couple of fans on here that still bitch about a top ten recruit class, and that Rich Rod would have won 11. Please choke yourself, with my hands numnuts. Brady Hoke is doing a fantastic job so far. If you can't see that he is doing a fine job, please do yourself a favor and move to Ohio. Rich Rod was an incompetent coach who let a D coordinator ruin his career at Michigan. An 18 year old business student could have assessed that situation better. Did you see his speaking engagements? I got sidetracked, sorry. Go Blue and Coach Hoke!
I attendned his speech at the Detroit Athltetic Club a month or two after his hire. Any doubts I had going into that night were quickly erased. As many have said, he "gets" what he means to be at Michigan. He has an uncanny ability as a speaker to express this on a level that leaves his intended audience nothing short of ready to run through a brick wall for him. I can't imgagine what it would be like to be a 17 / 18 year old kid again and hearing this one-on-one. Throw in Mattison and you can see why yesterday happened. It'g going to be a great ride over the next few seasons to see what he and his coaches can do with these kids. As the saying goes..."It's great....to be...a Michigan Wolverine!" GO BLUE!!!
He has an uncanny ability as a speaker to express this on a level that leaves his intended audience nothing short of ready to run through a brick wall for him.
+1 ... you hear this from the players ... he inspires players not based on BS "rah rah" but by appealing to a deep sense of commitment and honor. I'm sure the young players soak this up and the fire in the belly is lit.
First off I'm not in favor of the lil bro comment as would prefer it not having been said. However it is harmless silly sports talk that should not have garnered nearly as much scrutiny as happened. Some have prescribed way too much consequence to Mike's offhand comment. Dantanio's supposed curse is world class BS. If Dantonio knew we were going to hire RR and spend the next 3 years in the Big Ten wilderness he would have written a book foretelling such and made millions then and every year on the sports talk curcuit. I am so tired of people giving this" bogey man fairy tale dribble" legs until I could just puke hot purple foam.
Brady Hoke will end this so called curse in 2012 and completely bury it with a national championship! Long live Brady Hoke.
Yesterday was a sensational recruiting day, no question. But it didn't occur just because Hoke et al are suddenly magicians (although they kind of are). Since the Carr Era, recruiting has changed so much. Until recently, there weren't a zillion blogs and fans monitoring recruiting on a minute-by-minute basis; teams did feel compelled to make big PR splashes at various points in the recruiting cycle.
Now recruiting is the same as political campaigning; it's turned into a daily horse-race. Ten years ago, at this point in the cycle, we'd hear nothing about recruiting, largely because the team hadn't really started yet. So you can't compare the old days with today. Apples, oranges.
I'll admit that I was a little skeptical about Hoke in the beginning, but knew after watching his press conference that even if he wasn't a big name hire, he was the right guy. He truly wanted to be here and would have accepted any salary for it. We would have had to lure Harbaugh and Les here with a ridiculous contract and likely break the bank for them.
What I love about Hoke is that he is Michigan and nothing else. No matter if or many NFL teams may court him in the coming years with promises of a lucrative contract, he will always turn them down. This is where he wants to be, and wouldn't trade it for anything else. Hoke will coach this team until he physically can't anymore.
There is a lot that's genuine and positively infectious about Hoke. It's not just that he loves winning, and loves leading his players; he is not only a Michigan Man, he's a Michigan fan.
Early on he was interviewed and asked what it will be like to lead the team out of the tunnel, and he said he didn't really know for sure because he always came out early to see and hear the marching band do its opening performance.
That told me right away, he loves the school, he loves its traditions, and he's a pretty interesting guy. What I wasn't sure of was whether all of that enthusiasm and energy would translate on the football field. I'm so glad it does.
Here's a guy who's not afraid to eschew the headset; he doesn't want to hear the chatter. He does things his own way, and isn't worried about what people might say about it.
The man is 100% real. I'm so glad he represents Michigan and what it stands for.