Hoke's letter to the fans
"stop writing letters and call Tabb back"
Gonna hold you to that, coach.
That has to be rough to be a coaches kid. I never really thought about it, but they are probably moving around all the time, kind of like a military family.
"Like a military family" with much better pay.
just a little bit.
I can personally vouch for that!
Hoke's daughter has actually graduated from college and will not be moving to Ann Arbor. Although, she will probably be coming up for quite a few games. Not a bad deal.
people vilify your dad and call him horrible things all over the media
Lmao love kool-aid dude....the letter was nice, but y r they waiting til weekend to recruit? Bc of a dead period or trying to "recruit" the players already on team?
It seems to me that he will finish the staff this weekend and tlak to the rest of the kids on the team and make sure they are comfortable before hitting the recruiting road. Have to make sure you get the players you have already to eb comfortable before adding to the base. Just my take on things.
I know (some) people were not very excited with this hire, but I have to say he has done everything right so far. We have an important 3 weeks in front of us, but if he continues to display his passion and love for the program, I have no doubt he will bring in some solid recruits.
it may be easy to nitpick the guy (size, not a marquee name, manner of speaking, etc.), but there's no doubt his heart's right.
Bring it home Brady.
...and who is still not "sold" by any stretch of the imagination, I have no issues whatsoever with how he has conducted himself so far.
lots of time to sell me on the product.
No selling will help if he loses.
That's the beauty of sports. You win or you lose, you can't hide it. It's pure.
Bo used to say he had no use for the media. When asked why, he said "If I'm winning I don't need them. If I'm losing they can't help me."
Love the man. He seems like a genuinely awesome person, with a great personality. its almost sad to me that I think he's in over his head. Being a good, honest person should be worth something, and I can almost convince myself of that before remembering that, in the last 2 years, cam newton and nick saban have each hoisted the crystal trophy.
I hope he wins, I really do, despite how much I don't like the hire. I really want brady hoke to be the photon torpedo that blows up the SEC's death star, but it just doesn't seem likely. Hopefully he got in a lot of target practice on womp rats in his T-16.
it has been absolutely perfect. I was in the same boat, was sold on harbaugh and when realized he wasn't coming was sold on Miles was a pro-no hoke. but now that he is here and how he has conducted it all i am 100% pro-hoke...ALL IN
This is an all out blitz for hearts and minds.... and it is working.
I liked that the letter was signed by Coach Brady's entire family. His priorities are in order - family and team. Go Blue.
If I'm going to donate another cent to this program I at least feel better that the guy in charge has the same pride and affinity for my school as I do!
I think he is the perfect coach for Michigan. He loves this place and that excites me about the future of Michigan!
I for one am pretty excited that we haven't heard anything about transfers yet. The guys are buying in for now.... We could be good next year!
It's getting easier as days goes by to seperate this fiasco of a hiring process from the actual coach, he's doing a good job off the field so far.
The proof will be in the pudding come Western Michigan.
But I think the proof will come further down the road. All we can learn from Western is likely bad.....
I am still in the process of warming up to this guy, and I hope he can keep all of this goodwill/momentum going throughout the spring, summer, and into next season.
See you in Arizona Bay.
Very nice. So far he has been everything we could want, except he doesn't have the big name. I am hope he will soon enough. Love his presser, especially when he thanked RR and staff. Very classy.
Cosign. Even the most hardened member of the Rebellion or In Rod We Trust clans shouldn't have a problem with Hoke's actions and words. He was given an opportunity that he's worked very hard for, and you can't hold it against him that he accepted it. Whether he was the very best choice is functionally irrelevant at this point. He deserves support as much as RR did.
I agree, it's just at this point I've invested so much time and emotion (as a fanatic) of Michigan football. If this decision for Hoke sets us back yet another 3 years...the blame falls squarely on Mr. DB.
be sure to give him all the credit.
I agree coach Hoke deserves our support and a fair shake to get this team back on the winning track. Hopefully RR has the cupboard full enough that we will not have to suffer anymore sub .500 seasons.
That the guys all appear to be staying. Certainly Hoke deserves credit for making quick bonds, but rr clearly taught these guys to stick together.
One of my favorite items from the last couple days was how the senior class was doing their all to hold everyone together.
I do like the players on this team. We have Rich Rod to thank for the men in the Senior class.
I was expecting 9 wins from Rich Rod (new DC) and if Hoke can keep all the current players on board, now I'm hopng he can win 9 too.
He deserves support as much as RR did.
Why in the world would you wish that on Hoke??? He deserves far more support than RR got (as did RR).
Yea...not sure that statement makes much sense.
I really like how he constantly uses "we" instead of I, and our instead of my... clearly a good guy, with great values. I just hope he gets the results we're looking for on the field.
certainly does seem to have a game plan and he is certainly putting it into action. Hopefully his game plans will be this effective during the Big 10 season.
So apparently because he's able to read from a sheet of notes at a press conference, send out an athletic department proof-read letter and handle all the easy questions, he's now the right man for the job. People should save all the rah rah "He's the right man for the job" stuff until September. Right now, he's doing what PR machine wants him to do.
I just can't be that cynical. The guy's heart is in the right place: Ann Arbor. I take him at his word that this is his dream job. I can see his appeal to Brandon, especially compared to the Bright Lights Big City-bound Harbaugh and the SEC Sleaze Merchant Miles. All the gushing from former players, colleagues, etc., seems even beyond what you'd expect.
When this process started, I hoped we wouldn't have to settle for Hoke. Now I'm thinking we could wind up glad we did.
But at least 50% of the people on this board would say the coaching Michigan is our dream job. That doesn't mean we can do it. My personal feeling is that he will be our Ron Zook (Florida era) or Matt Doherty (UNC Hoops). They were great recruiters but the on field results were subpar. I think his love for the school will make him a great recruiter. He'll do a great job selling the school to kids. But I'm still concerned about the coaching side of things.
I just have the gut feeling that he'll get some great classes in here, but someone else will have to come in to take us to that BCS Championship level.
No way to say that isn't a valid concern.
However, you don't go from 4-8 to 12-1 without knowing something about coaching. Whether it's at an elite level or not we'll have to wait and see.
I can't listen to a Michigan coach who sounds like Bo and not be all in for Brady Hoke.
A big part of being a successful head coach is getting good assistants. Just like major league scouts have to be able to assess talent and potential in young baseball players, a good head coach must be able to assess potential assistant coaches. If BH can put together a good team of assistant coaches, and in particular get a good DC, he will do just fine. That is what cost RR more than anything else, at least IMO.
I'm not going to get all excited about a guy who goes 12-1 after going 23-37 the first five years. Especially when they got smacked down in their conference championship game. Teams get lucky all the time. I remember when Bowling Green and Northern Illinois pulled had remarkable years in the mid aughts as well. And they quickly faded into obscurity.
I feel like if you're coaching at Michigan, there shouldn't need to be a "wait and see" approach to see if the person can be a head coach at an elite level. That's what Florida did with Ron Zook. That's what schools without the tradition and resources Michigan has will do.
Dude we just went through the roughest period in modern Michigan history. Waiting and seeing sounds like a great plan to me instead of throwing Brady Hoke in the fire before he's even coached one game.
What the heck do you want us to do? Be like, you know what I effing hate this hire of Hoke? We went through this with Rich Rod.
Who would you like to hire?
I'd like him to stop doing all these freaking interviews, fill out his staff and recruit. All this going on radio shows and doing interviews is great if you have a full staff out there recruiting kids. We have only a few weeks until NSD and we don't even have a recruiting weekend this weekend. So him and whatever staff he has needs to be burning up the phone lines as much as allowed by the rules.
And I'm cool with waiting and seeing. But I think it's fair and valid for me to be concerned about a coach who does not have a proven head coaching record.
He's the coach and I'm okay with that. I'm just not about to go overboard like we hired Urban Meyer or Jon Gruden. We made an okay hire. Let him recruit and coach to show everyone that he was a great hire.
Let's keep in mind that Hoke has posted the best season in Ball State's history, as well as one of the best seasons in SDSU's history. Personally, I think that if he had stuck around at SDSU a few more seasons, he'd have continued to win and all the discussion of his record would be academic.
Someone wrote about him that coaches improve over time just like teams do. This might be the right time for him to be at Michigan.
..it will still be done in the Mountain West. And people will still say, "That's not a BCS conference!" For him to post that year at Ball State, it took him six years. And considering other schools in that conference have had similar one-two year runs, it feels a little hollow. If he would've stuck around at one of these schools longer and maintained the success, like Patterson at TCU or Peterson at Boise, then I'd feel more comfortable about this hire.
Is he a good football coach? I think that he's answered that question with all his years of experience. But I'm just concerned about what happens on Saturday. Les Miles seemed like a good coach until he thought there was a run on timeouts at the local building and loan. Now people think he's a crazy grass eating dude who loves coaching semi-pro football.
He's doing exactly what the program requires of him at this very moment. Come the start of spring practice, that role changes dramatically.
The repeated themes can get to feel over done for those of us who read it every day but PR is an important piece to the gig of head coach. No doubt someone is writing for him and coaching him for the media engagements but it's part of the whole puzzle.
It's all essentially free advertising and this is a business.
These type of remarks or going to get old, fast.
I am liking all of this, but I am not sold until I see results....
I am just making a huge assumption here but the part that stood out to me to be the most interesting of the whole letter is the part about heading out to recruit after the weekend. What I would really like to see is his staff of coaches put together this weekend so they can put a full press together to hit the road and recruit. It would be a big relief to see a DC in place so a lot of these potential commits would be at ease.
One thing's for sure, even if some or most of the stuff coming out has been fluff, the positivity has been refreshing...these next few weeks will be unbelievably crucial. We need to capitalize on this tide of enthusiasm and finish this class out strong.
Still hoping there's room for Soup and Loeffler..
I agree on Loeffler, he would be a great addition. I think Hoke said he will coach the D-line.
Hoke has definitely impressed me so far. His enthusiasm and how he's handled himself thus far have been refreshing. People can say that it's all just PR all they want but he seems like a genuine dude to me. If he has the respect of all of his former players and coaches, he certainly has mine. Preaching 'Team' and 'Toughness' is the attitude you need to have. Hopefully he can have some success in these last couple weeks of recruiting and then carry that success over to the field.
Good luck Coach. Go Blue!
I know sometimes he's referring to his family, but often he's just talking about himself. I've never heard someone use he royal we more often and more consistently than Coach Hoke. It must be deliberate; I don't think I've heard him say "I" once. This isn't a criticism I just find it interesting.
I like Brady Hoke