I was as big of a fan of Rich Rodriguez as there was here, but I can honestly say this: watching the entire press conference with Brandon and Hoke reignited my passion in Michigan football to a level that it hadn't been in years (despite the fact that I thought it had never wavered) in a way that nothing that Rich Rodriguez ever said did. My personal suggestion is that this entire press conference should be required watching for every single user of this site before they are allowed to post here again. If you listen to the last question Dave Brandon answered (from about the 56 minute mark onward: http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/index.html?media=221155) and you can't understand that they "get it" and this program is headed in the right direction with Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke in charge, I would suggest that it is you, not Dave Brandon or Brady Hoke, that is the one who has their priorities and has their conception of what Michigan football means out of line.
Those people who like to tear apart and like to criticize, and like to find fault, and all that stuff, they're out there and let them be out there. They are not going to detract me or this coach or our team from getting on the path that we all want to be on. That man is walking around with a diamond national championship ring on his finger and several, several Big Ten championship rings from Michigan in his jewelry case and those players know it. Those players commented on it. And they know it. That's what those players want. This game. A lot of people lose track of this. This game is about the players. Yeah, we need fans, we want fans. You're [the media] all important, we need the coverage that you bring and visibility that you bring. But this is about football players. This is about changing young men's lives. This is about bringing leadership in here who makes a difference in the lives of young men. And they leave here with a championship ring and they leave here with a great education and they go out and do great things in life. That's Michigan. Michigan men do that. They create other Michigan men. The guy you just met is all about that. He's all about that. He didn't spend as much time with a PR machine as others may and he may not be dressed up and polished and the toastmaster general like other people, and I don't care. I want a football coach. I want a football coach who will do with these young men what we want them to do: teach them what they need to learn and win. That's Michigan.