this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
SI.com article up now "Is Hoke Michigan's Mr. Right"
Oh, good, my favorite "journalist"...
I said the same thing but the article is really surprisingly positive.
I won't read Rosenberg.
Fuck this clown
"What are 'Google searches made unsafe by Rule 34,' Alex"
Of course Rosenberg likes him, he's a "Michigan Man" who talks in cliches about toughness and smashmouth football, and he's not RichRod.
have a tremendous handle. Tremendous.
Angelique looking every bit the Angel of the Big House.
just jump already
This never gets old. ever.
Or can someone place the image at the head of this post with those words and print me off ten of them?
“He is looking for kids who will both academically be successful and whose character is strong enough to participate in Big Ten sports and represent the university very well,” Spencer says. “I’m very pleased with the kind of young men he is bringing to us. I give him an A-plus in that area.
That quote above is from Admissions Director Ted Spencer, and I think it is actually great to hear that level of praise from such a corner of the university given to the head football coach. Actually, I don't know that we would expect any less at Michigan, and to know that we are getting kids who are set up well athletically and academically is just part of the reinvigoration of "Michigan culture", if you will, that Hoke has helped to spur.
Thanks for the quote, I won't read a Rosenberg article.
Spencer is low profile, but a tremendous asset for Michigan. He knows quality young men and women, having served previously as the director of recruitment for the Air Force Academy. Clearly he and Rodriguez were not on the same page, so I agree that it's encouraging to hear him saying good things about the quality of our football recruits as people, not just athletes.
This is not a backhanded slap at Rodriguez. He brought in some great kids that represented Michigan well, too. It's just no secret that Rodriguez wanted more leeway than the University was prepared to give.
Larry Foote is angry. I still don't know if I'm on his side it not?
Hoke will get it right. This year will be better, next year impressive, beyond that a return to top tier football and competing year in and year out for Big Ten and national championships. The change has taken longer than any pure Michigan fan would like, but if we can turn the corner this year the future is bright.
Was hoping someone (OP) would have had large portions of the article quoted here on Mgoblog, as I refuse to boost rosenbergs traffic.
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He's not classically handsome, sure, but he's a reliable guy with a good sense of humor. And you just want to cuddle him.
Why would ANYONE care about what that PRICK Rosenberg says??? Why are you making me click on FRIGGIN' Rosenberg piece? At least warn us!!!!
I especially liked the ending.
Hoke is Mr. Right for Michigan this year. Little reason to discuss future years.
I think most of us know that Hoke will be shown the door if he loses six games again this year. I think Michigan will lose three at worst.
I hope you are right about the 1st comment, but believe you are 100%wrong on the second. DB is not firing Hoke this year.
Nice work Rosenpuff. Changing hearts and minds.
I haven't read Rosenberg in years. Won't even go to SI or Freep because of him, but I read this article. And I liked it. For those that don't wanna click through, here's some good points:
Regarding people suggessting Brandon hiring Nuss:
I haven't heard of anyone suggesting that it was Brandon's idea to hire Nuss. It seems like a ridiculous thing to speculate. An AD personally choosing coordinators sounds like a disaster.
Also, fuck Rosenberg.
or your mind is protecting you by blocking the memory.
Also, what do you people have against Rosin bags?
Now that I think about it, I was out of the country when Borges was fired and Nuss hired. Although I hate Rosenberg, I wasn't clear about it, but I actually wasn't ripping for him for stating it; I assumed there was some truth to it. I was just stating that I didn't hear anything about it and also that without any credible reason to believe, it's a stupid opinion to hold.
It was all over twitter and here that it was Brandons idea to fire Borges and hire Nuss. It was just peoples opinions.
Is it accurate that Gibbons played at Iowa 3 days AFTER being found responsible for sexual assault? I don't remember that series of events.
Can't we get rid of this guy? He's a fake OSU fan and does nothing but try to stir up trouble. He contributes nothing here.
And no, I don't think that has been proven and probably because it's not true. I think that's more BS you like to spread. The Michigan administration won't allow him to discuss the issue. I guess reading comprehension isn't your strong suit.
It is absolutely untrue because Gibbons was never found guilty of sexual assault, no matter what Rosenberg believes. He was found guilty of sexual misconduct, a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
if he was on fire.
More fuel for the fire, as it were.
and you put him in a spinning mesh trash can and put some copper chloride on him, this is what he would look like only stupider.
...at least this time he's taking a "wait and see" attitude before trying to sabotage the program.
I understand why many readers won't click on anything Rosenberg writes. But I really liked the article. It underscores the atmosphere that Hoke has brought back to Michigan.
For those of you who can hold your nose, it is worth reading. For those of you who refuse, I'm block-quoting chunks of the article.
Here is a key quote near the end of the article (part of which was referenced above.)
After a 7-6 season at a place like Michigan, it can be hard to find a fan who supports the head coach. But one exists. His name is Ted Spencer. He is the admissions director at the school. It is common for coaches to tussle with their admissions directors; many coaches believe that 4.4 speed is an acceptable substitute for a 4.0 GPA. Michigan is no stranger to those tussles, though they are usually kept private. But Spencer says Hoke is different. “He is looking for kids who will both academically be successful and whose character is strong enough to participate in Big Ten sports and represent the university very well,” Spencer says. “I’m very pleased with the kind of young men he is bringing to us. I give him an A-plus in that area. “I don’t think Michigan can do any better than Brady Hoke. He really is the kind of person you want your kids to play for.”
Some comments on how Hoke views last season:
Asked if the seniors failed to set a daily example for the young players, Hoke said, “I would say I didn’t set the daily example. That’s not them. That starts with me. It always does.” He failed to win enough games, but he also failed to get the best out of his players. That gnaws at him.
Hoke on character, and why he coaches:
Coaches coach for all sorts of reasons: ego, an obsession with winning, innate competitiveness, the desire to outsmart the guy on the other sideline. Hoke takes his greatest joy in getting through to his players. He says things like, “Character wins in life, and character wins out there,” pointing toward Michigan Stadium. He says he takes his greatest pride in 69 out of 69 seniors graduating in three years. He says his team is like having “115 sons.” “Look, we want to win every doggone game," Hoke says. "Those losses hurt, but it never hurts as bad as when you can’t save a kid, or you can’t get him to understand what you’re working towards for him.”
On who Hoke is, and how he runs the program:
Hoke is as comfortable with himself, and as sure in his beliefs, as any coach in the country. He looks people in the eye when speaking to them. He says what he means. There are questions about whether his way works, but he has never wavered in his belief that it does. He tries to run the program that he thinks his school deserves, and that means putting the university first, players second and his own self-interest third. Unlike some prominent coaches, Hoke does not run players off his team because they aren’t good enough or arrange phony medical redshirts to get another scholarship. “Running guys off, all that, that’s not us,” he says. “Have we had guys who medicaled? Yeah. But they really medicaled. Have we had some guys who left during the transition? Yeah. But I don’t think we’ve ever run a guy off.”
There also is a fascinating section where he talks a bit about what happened with Gibbons. Bottom line: this article expresses very well many of the reasons I believe Hoke is the right man for Michigan. I believe he will succeed, and that under him, Michigan will be the right kind of program.
EDIT: Some mgobloggers need to learn to let go of grudges, to forgive, and to move on. You know, Rosenberg may never be your favorite writer or columnist. But for crying out loud, we all do things we regret. I wouldn't be surprised if Rosenberg has regrets. In the same way that York needs a second chance somewhere else, I'm glad Rosenberg got a second chance somewhere else.
That might change some opinions.
Rosenberg bootstrapped his hatchet job on Michigan into a promotion. I can hate the Free Press and SI and yet appreciate that being hired at SI was Rosenberg's dream job.
[now working on a U.P. weekly paper might be a second chance--no offense to U.P. journalists]
If Rosenberg wants to offer an apology, I'm all ears. I don't think that he regrets anything though. He's an arrogant little prick and as far as he is concerned, he doesn't owe Brian Cook an answer on what a countable hour is, because Brian Cook is a lowly peasant. And so are you, and so am I.
Kudos to him for getting some interesting dialog out of Hoke instead of the usual "well" coachspeak.
Did he tell you this in person, or in a dream?
Upvoted, like others here, for helping me avoid Rosenberg's article (even though that's a matter of principle more than principal - my one click makes not a whit of difference).
I disagree, though, that Rosenberg deserves forgiveness until he shows some contrition over the hatchet job he and his mini-me Snyder did to the program. He continues to act as though he is both Woodward and Bernstein on StretchGate. So screw Rosenberg. Never forget.
I also disagree that he got a second chance - the move to SI was a move up, and the Freep was all up in his jock until Rosenberg left if I'm remembering correctly. Rosenberg did not suffer for his transgressions one bit, apart from some scathing criticism from the likes of John U. Bacon and Jonathan Chait.
See, Hannibal: this is how you do it. Talk about what Rosenberg wrote, not about what he thinks.
Hoke is a man that builds a team from the heart outwards. I love him for it, and I hope he gets enough time to show that concept works.
As for Rosenberg, second chances are given to those who own up to their mistakes. And by 'mistakes' here we mean a months-long campaign of twisted, ignorant, weaseling, and deceptive reporting.
I'm secure in my distaste for Rosenberg's unpenitent behavior, and I will not support his work with my clicks.