I attended the UM coaches meet and greet here in Chicago last night. I estimate about 300 people in attendance at the downtown Marriott. It sounds like it was a very similar format to what occurred in Boston (see post below). I too am going from memory. The coaches spent about an hour beforehand taking pics and signing autographs before the meeting.
1. Brief intro by Steven T (UMCGC President) saying how excited he and the coaches are in making these trips to Boston, NY and now Chicago. Pretty rah rah.
2. Dave Brandon was next. Talked about how great it is to have a good group of coaches who do things the right way. Gave kudos to womens softball on a successful season. Gave praise to the basketball program for making it to the tourny, winning a game, then "putting a scare in Duke". Praised hockey for their title run. However, he said football drives the entire athletic dept and stressed the importance of a successful football team. Discussed briefly the addition of LAX, adding 25 schollies and 85??? total new people for men and womens teams. He said Chi was the best group yet, but I bet he said that at each stop.
3. Red was next. Pretty brief. He said he was happy they had a successful season after a slow start. He also said being at UM you have get used to disappointment (losing the title game). I thought that was odd. But he recovered by saying that UM expects to be playing in big games like that. He also said he was an offensive coach and he is searching for ways to score goals. He noted it was very unusual that they had the best D in the conference. More goals, more goals, he kept stressing. He gave praise to his "little walkon goalie". He ended a general recruiting philosophy by saying its not what Michigan can do for you, its what you can do for Michigan. (JFK reference obviously).
4. Beilein was next. Very excited about the new facilities. Said they should rival any in the country. Said losing Darius to the NBA is a good thing. Said it takes time to rebuild a program the right way.
5. Hoke was next. Like Boston, he did the rah rah thing about titles, years of football and beating Ohio. He said he isn't going to be leading the team, the Seniors are, and that's the way it should be. He said they are going to be "fanatical" on defense (hmm slight jab at RR). The crowd cheered. He stressed the importance of winning the rivalry games, ND, MSU and Ohio. He didn't get into any specifics about the O or D. He stressed that this team owes something to the title teams of the past and needs to think about that when they get here on campus. He also stressed the importance of doing things the right way.
6. Q&A was next. Nothing earth shattering here. A few general blah recruiting questions. However, Brandon said we can only have one home-and-home opponent per year. He took a vote ND or random teams going forward. ND won by a show of hands. He said that ND will be the deal for the foreseeable future. They don't see 9 conference football games in the forseeable future. Brandon said no chance on cash payments to athletes; maybe add'l help on travel costs for out-of-staters.
7. They passed out 2 chicago area awards (Sigler Award). Neither athlete was present.
8. Red then led the coaches and crowd in the Victors. Then they were quickly ushered out.
I was surprised how accessible the coaches were beforehand. I told Hoke, welcome aboard, and it's not going unnoticed how much work has already been done in recruiting. I asked Red how much longer he plans on staying on. He said it is a week to week thing (joking). I said I hope it's a years to years thing. I told Beilein that he must be excited about finally having good depth now. He said "We will get better". Probably just a standard line his said 50 times the past few days.
All in all, a pretty good time.