As you may know, I hate analogies. I'm going to make one today regardless.
Hiring a coach is like recruiting. We just hired a guy that was non-rated on Scout until interest from Michigan bumped him to a low 3 star rating. However, he does not need to add bulk to play at the next level.
I'm not part of the 3 star mafia. I understand that recruiting and star ratings are all about probabilities. Our low 3 star guy may beat the odds and have great success. But make no mistake, this guy had NO other offers and did not garner interest from the likes of Indiana, Minnesota or other bottom tier BCS schools. Did he not attend the combine circuit (i.e., have an agent out there testing the waters)? Is he from an area that is not heavily scouted (i.e., a relative unknown, not in the national spotlight)? Was he beating up on inferior talent?
I'm not sure. I do know that he is a giant question mark. His record does NOT inspire confidence, objectively. In my mind, he is Justin Feagin (please God let me be wrong). Late in the process, we were looking for a home run recruit at a position of need - QB. We had just lost our hyped recruit that sort of underwhelmed a lot of us but to others represented hope for the future (Mallett/RR). We were left with essentially nothing and scrambling. We went hard after the top dog 5 star (Pryor/JH) and failed. We then took a flier on a low 3 star type that no one wanted, with the hope that he could be developed to fill a gaping hole at the most important position on the field.
This failed miserably, but of course that doesn't mean it has to this time. He could be Mike Hart or Pat White or whoever else was lowly rated and ended up flourishing. Make no mistake about it - those of you that are saying "well yeah, but look at Tressel! He was an unknown and dominated!" You guys are making the exact same argument as "Mike Hart was a 3 star." We just made a low probability hire and I think this is the point Brian was trying to make. If it works out, great. It won't be because DB is a genius; it will be in spite of his idiotic process and late decision. We will have gotten lucky. Any after the fact stories that paint Hoke as a sure-fire winner that was certain to have us "return to glory" will be severely misplaced.
It will just mean that a low 3 star recruit beat the odds and outworked the competition.