Morning all! If anyone was like me, you were somewhat dumbfounded by the Hoke hire the associated process behind it. There were certainly a lot of passionate emotions expressed - some good, mostly bad. But now that we are are almost 2 months into the Hoke regime and have had some time to assess the hire more objectively and with saner minds, have any of you who thought once thought the Hoke hire was a bad now think otherwise? And why?
Me? Well, I still think this was not a great hire that was mitigated partially by a top-notch DC. Reasons are as follows:
1. The whole "turned BSU and SDSU around" meme. I still don't get this. Taking a bad a team and putting together one good season before leaving doesn't really prove that he can turn a program around. Doesn't mean he can't do it here, but doing so in the MAC and Mountain West doesn't really give me hope that he can do this in the big ten.
2. Denard. One of the best athletes in the game, but he is a very niche QB that needs a certain coach to extract that QB talent. The new staff is not it, which is fine, because I think Denard will switch positions by time he graduates, making room for someone more abt for a traditional offense. IMO, Denard's Heisman days are done.
3. Recruiting. It seems Hoke wants to concentrate on the midwest, which scares me. Save Ohio, the midwest is a good, not great nest of football talent. The vast majority of great football players come from the South and West. This is where we need to be.
4. Hoke's introductory press conference. Am I the only one who was not impressed? I love his passion, but he was very unpolished and amateur. I get the feeling he going to say some VERY bone-headed comments when under pressure during a press conference.
Overall, Hoke's intangible's are immense, but I think there is very little tangible aspects to hold on to. He is the coach of my favorite team and he has my full support, but I just don't see hime getting it done here. I predict that the defense will improve, the offense will regress, and we will see what we did for most of the 2000s with LC. He will beat OSU once and MSU twice in 5 years and out the door after 2016. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but with Hoke's less than stellar coaching resume, hope is all I got.