I include myself in this indictment. I earlier wrote that "UM was going to get their ass kicked". After that I banned myself until the game was over because I knew I had let the emotions of the game get to me.
I think some on here need to realize that they too are being impacted intellectually by the moment. They have, in their rage over a loss to Ohio, lost their ability to see clearly.
A rational mind can issue valid criticisms of UM's performance today while see that the program is trending upwards. The superb recruiting classes, the 19 wins in two years, a victory in a BCS bowl, wins over MSU, Ohio, and ND...the evidence is there that future championships await.
But fans don't always see that. They let the immediate impact their perception of the future. Many fans wanted Beilein gone after two losing seasons in three years. But Bill Martin and Dave Brandon had the patience to let John Beilein develop his program. Now UM basketball is at a place they haven't been since the days of Steve Fisher--a top 5 team.
I don't know if Hoke will reach those heights, but the indicators certainly are promising. Borgas has overseen an undefeated season as a OC and Mattison has been a superb DC for 20 years. UM's recruiting is the best it has been since the late 90's. Michigan is playing good defense, the special teams have markedly improved, the discipline is good..there is reason to believe that this program is heading towards something special.
Is it a guarantee that UM will achieve greatness again? No. Hoke may flame out. The issues with Borgas' playcalling may continue to hold the program back, Mattison's defense may take a step back...a lot of things can happen which may alter the current course. But at this time I have little reason to think that UM will be anything less than victors in the not-so-distant future.
Patience, my friends, patience. I know it is frustrating--especially in light of Meyer and Kelly's success--to be so, but good things do come to those who wait.(Unless you are a Lions fan then no.)