Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
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|1 day 21 hours ago||Gotta love the multiple levels of the retrospectroscope...||
Now... Here we are, May of 2015, basking in the glow of HARBAUGH, and Brian's 2007 words on Hoke went from "true" (and he wasn't hired) to "less true but still pretty much true" come 2011 (when he was hired), to "OMG you couldn't have been more wrong!" after the press conference, the recruiting and that first season to "man was Brian prophetic" now.
I will reiterate my own sentiments from when I posted here some four years ago,
Time, you are a fickle mistress...
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||I'd love to listen to the whole thing||
but for large stretches this is just too many people talking at once, and over one another. I had to stop listening after 5 minutes because I just couldn't make out what certain people were saying when others would start to interject.
It gets frustrating when someone gets on an interesting line of reasoning but then gets cut off and the conversation gets redirected. I like the two man podcasts.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Me too...||
Wait... I *thought* I recognized you!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I had three of the final four||
I had three of the final four correct, but I had Kentucky over Virginia in the final. If Duke wins my 7 year old daughter wins the whole thing. She had three of the final four correct, but picked ND to upset Kentucky...*so close*.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||"Butt stretched to try and||
"Butt stretched to try and get the first down." -Jim Brandstatter
|10 weeks 2 days ago||True... true...||
although for O-linemen I would assume that the whole concussion thing is less of an issue, statistically, than getting a knee or shoulder shredded. That position doesn't generally have the high speed contact that results in head injury, they see much more of the clipping, chop blocking, getting rolled up on from behind, type stuff.
It'd be interesting to see stats of head trauma by position. I would think running backs, linebackers and safeties would be way up there.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly!||
He's played 4 years of college football at the highest level but is not an NFL type talent. He was an unheralded recruit who ended up as a starter.
Football takes a toll on you mentally and physically, with an inherent risk of catastrophic injury every time you step onto the field. If I had solid business opportunities elsewhere, and I were in his position, I'd seriously consider walking away with my health intact as well.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That Dive is IMPOSSIBLE!!!||
That Dive is IMPOSSIBLE!!!
|12 weeks 2 days ago||You know...||
...I take that back, there was something positive that came out of that game. Afterwards, in the locker room, one of our linebackers, Bobby Powers was just DEVESTATED. He was crying and screaming "We're Michigan!! WE ARE MICHIGAN and we're FOUR AND FOUR! We FOUR AND FOUR DOG, and this SHIT HURTS!! IT HURTS ME!! This ain't right, and it ain't gonna keep going like this!"
The locker room, which was buzzing with the whole scene outside, then got quiet and you could feel his words sinking in.
That team DESTROYED everyone we played after that, including an OSU team that *thought* it was headed to the Rose Bowl. (You're welcome Wisconsin).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||UGH!||
What I remember from this game is Tiller accepting a holding call just before the half in order to take us out of field goal range and, instead giving us an extra down, where we promptly score a touchdown. As he runs off the field for halftime we're all yelling "thanks Joe! Appreciate that extra down Joe!!" Then... the wheels come off...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Madison '93||
I was a student manager and during the first pre-game warmups I'm holding balls for Remy Hamilton to practice kicking when, out of nowhere, a D-cell battery nails me in the side of the face. It knocks my glasses off and I have time to catch them in the air just before I get woosy and drop in a heap to the ground. Remy grabs our trainers who come over to take a look and tell me to just take it easy as I assure them I'm okay.
As we head up the tunnel back into the locker room after warmups, I get pelted with wads of marshmellows... only they feel like hacky sacks when they hit. I pick one up off of the ground and find pennies stuffed in them. A few also liberally dump beer through the grates above us.
Ricky Powers fumbles and we lose to Wisconsin for the first time since 1981. The fans go NUTS and storm the field... I'm clad head-to-toe in Michigan gear on the WISCONSIN sideline with one other manager, and getting VERY nervous. A fan comes up from behind and throws a shoulder into the other manager; now I'm flat out scared. Then, out of nowhere, a giant hand clamps down on my shoulder and the sholder of my compatriot. It's a Wisconsin coach. He points to two freshman O-lineman celebrating and says "you two escort these gentleman over to their sideline and don't let any of these motherfuckers touch 'em!" They did, brushing aside anyone who got near us.
The managers start packing up our sideline, as fast as we can, when we hear something over the P.A. to the effect of "we have a pulse-less (something or other) in section (something or other)" and I think, "that's an odd thing to say..." and then one of the equipment managers says "dude, have you seen it over by that fence?! People are like dying and shit over there!!" We quickly head over to that area where we see Wisconsin players, some of them crying, IMPLORING students to "GET BACK! BACK UP!!" There are students pressed up against a chain-link fence wide eyed and terrified. This one girl was so blue I thought she was already dead. Our medical staff orders us to get into the locker room as they start lending assistance.
NOTHING about that game, aside from that one coach's act of humanity, was something I'd characterize as even remotely positive.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think there's been many||
I don't think there's been many coaches, PERIOD, who've loved the media. But I will say, when I lived in Texas for few years, Mack Brown was about as frank and open as any coach I'd ever heard. Now, it was his own radio show, granted, but he'd be asked serious questions like:
"So coach, do you think player X is coming along enough to maybe be the answer at safety?"
and he'd say "you know, actually, that young man has some work to do. We're moving away a little bit from our old zone scheme and are going to be asking whoever plays that position to do a lot more man coverage than we have in the past and, frankly, I'm not sure he's quite gotten his speed where it needs to be there. Now, he's got some time, and we're certainly going to give him every opportunity, but right now, he's gotta get quicker if he wants to play there."
I remember hearing stuff like that and thinking "WHOA! I've never heard a coach just, flat out, ANSWER a question like that and, essentially, lay out where a specific player is lacking. He answered questions like that a lot on his show and I remember coming away pretty impressed with his candor.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I see a lot of differences||
I see a lot of differences between Harbaugh and Hoke in the presser department. Hoke really didn't give "non-answers" during his first spring, or during that first year when everything seemed to be going right. He didn't always answer the question that was asked, but he always said *something*... the question could be:
and Hoke would respond "Well, you know, you're always trying to fit your personnel to your scheme and, you know, we'll see what we're going to do there, we've got some great backs, some real 'Michigan' backs that know the game and love the game, and I'm sure they're going to do whatever we need them to."
Harbaugh, with that same question *might* say something similar, but he's just as apt to say:
"Dunno, haven't really thought about that." ...and then look around with a far off stare as though he's trying to pick out where that voice in his head yelling "these people are ponderous!!!" is coming from.
Hoke didn't really start giving non-answers, or avoiding questions altogether, until the questions started getting uncomfortable. At that point, there was a noticeable change in his answers and demeanor which we didn't appreciate. If or when that happens with Harbaugh, we won't notice as much of a difference because he isn't being very frank now, and this is still the honeymoon phase when he could say pretty much anything and we'd be like "Wow!! What a great answer! He's great!!"
Plus, Harbaugh will probably never come across as befuddled as Hoke sometimes did toward the end. He'll just keep the same air of "I really don't understand the point of any of this" that he now displays.
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||It is articles like this||
It is articles like this, right here, that reaffirm my love of this Blog. Intellectual honesty, even when it comes to OSU. Most other team specific sites don't have the integrity to take off the homer glasses and apply logic and some amount of objectivity to these situations.
I, for one, want to ACTUALLY know if OSU is over-signing. I don't want confirmation of my pre-conceived notions that they are; I want to really know. Based on what I'm seeing, it's not a legitimate charge, so I won't level it. The thing with Drayton leaving right after Weber signs... that appears to have legs. Hopefully it will have ramifications when it comes to future recruiting (although I doubt it).
Our message boards aren't quite as even-minded as they used to be... that's hard to maintain as a site gets more popular; but the staff writers still do a great job of being reasonable with their takes, regardless of the situation and the entity involved.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Book it...||
So sure of yourself.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Right...||
and if they hadn't pursued Higdon and Weber had still gone with OSU you'd be the guy saying that they dropped the ball by putting all of their eggs in one basket.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I was a first Gen, lower-middle class||
I was a first Gen, lower-middle class student who started in 1992. My high school had two others go to UM who were in the same boat as me. The three of us hung together, but also branched out, each bringing in "new additions" to a core group. That group, which still stays in touch and gets together often, runs the gamut in terms of background. East coast 2nd gen UM folks with money, 3rd gen middle class Michigan natives, 1st gen rich immigrants... none of it mattered back then.
My background came up in conversation, but it was never put to me as a "question." I never felt "put down" by the kids with money, whether they were in my group or not, and I never felt like I had it "better" or "worse" than anyone else. Some kids with money drove better cars and lived in better apartments, but had other disadvantages... like a lack of connection with their parents or "expectations" about what they would be. We all made it work. I don't recall meeting a single person in all of my time at Michigan who judged me based on my background. If we had common interests we developed friendships, if we didn't, we faded apart. I met plenty of kids with backgrounds just like mine who I didn't "mesh" with and others, who came from an entirely different set of circumstances, whom I remain close with to this day.
The fact that me and my buddies from high school had to work while some of our other friends didn't was never a factor. Working at Outback Steakhouse meant that I could slide my friends into a table during a wait, which they loved. They'd often pick up the tip when we all went out, or would have us over to their apartment to eat (just bring a few beers!).
We all looked out for each other in whatever way we could. The best thing I took away from my time at Michigan was the diversity in friendships that continue to last to this day.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Precisely...||
He also contradicts his premise within his own article by making the point about Stanford.
|17 weeks 19 hours ago||Bo's love for Lytle||
When I was a football manager in the early/mid 90's a young running back from my high school was a preferred walk on. He was given #41 but all his life, he'd worn #42... it was "his number." As I recall, #42 was worn by Tyrone Noble at that time, but he transfered out when a certain true freshman who wore #2 stepped into the starting line-up that year. When #42 became available our young walk-on wanted to switch.
At the end of the season I was helping out Shemy Schembechler in the scouting room when he says to me "what's this with your boy wanting to switch numbers?"
"I dunno," I tell him, "He's always worn 42, that's his number."
"Well," Shemy shot back, "doesn't he know that he's wearing the single greatest number for a running back in the history of Michigan football?!"
Just then Bo pops in (the scout room was directly across from his office at the time) and Shemy says "can you believe we got a kid, a running back, wearing number 41 who wants to switch numbers?" And Bo says "What? Doesn't he know that Rob Lytle, the GOD DAMN toughest running back in the HISTORY of Michigan football, wore number 41?!"
He glared at me. I glanced to the floor and mumbled something about how I was just as flabergasted as the next guy. Bo then says "you tell him that I said that it's just as well that he wants to switch since he's probably not TOUGH enough to wear number 41."
I checked Bo's face for just a hint of a smile... he often busted people's chops, just to see how they'd react, but eventually his body language would let you know that he wasn't *completely* serious. There was none of that here. Bo stared at me until I was markedly uncomfortable... then stared some more. Of course, this whole time I'm thinking "I'm not encouraging him! I told him not to switch numbers! I told him not to even ask!! I told HIM! I DID!!" The situation with 41 being Lytle's number never occurred to me, I just knew that Big Jonny (Falk) vocally complained about players always wanting to change numbers.
Bo then takes his eyes off of me and starts staring at Shemy, who in turn began staring at me. He then turned on his heels and strode out of the room. Shemy then says "my dad LOVES Rob Lytle. Tell your boy that if he doesn't want to put his nose in there, then 41 isn't for him anyways."
The affection Bo (and Shemy) had for Lytle was NO JOKE.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||MGoBlog||
MGoBlog: "Kicked up 50% and always on."
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Hey||
Getting ridiculed for posting something old or lame is a rite of passage! It's an mgoblog hazing ritual!
Don't go telling people how to AVOID getting metaphorically depansed.
edit - is that a "metaphorical" depansing? Maybe just a "figurative" depansing...
|18 weeks 3 days ago||and...||
not sure if it was mentioned, but he still plays in the NFL.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I remember...||
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Randy Savage.
The British Bulldogs vs. the Hart Foundation.
Ahhh... what I wouldn't give to be in 8th grade again.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||looks like the perfect place||
to shoot a post-apocalyptic movie... like the Next Mad Max remake.
It reminds me of a scene in Oblivion, that Tom Cruise movie from a few years back, where he lands in an abandoned football field and recalls the last Super Bowl played there.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||This is way cool...||
Thanks for posting!!!
I doubt I would have stumbled across this any time soon.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||All I can add is that||
All I can add is that if you think the team didn't have iPads because of Hoke, or doesn't use a private jet because of Hoke, you don't know what you're saying. He may have prided himself on being "old school" but he would never say "no" to something that would provide a competitive advantage in either recruiting or on the field.
If OSU is using a private jet and giving their players tablets to use, you can BET he'd want them too. He might not use one himself and he might not be among the first to start doing it, but there is no way he was ever okay with a rival providing something to their staff/players that Michigan didn't also provide. Hoke never wanted Michigan to look second rate when it came to that kind of stuff.
Say what you want about coaching acumen, but he was not a "cut your hair/no tatoos/get off my lawn" kind of guy.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||He'd have to have a pretty||
He'd have to have a pretty impressive stint here to be in line for an Ivy League job down the road. Let's hope he's that good.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||My freshman year our team was||
My freshman year our team was a juggernaut (despite three inexplicable ties) and we went onto win the Rose Bowl. I became a football manager the next year, one of the "perks" of doing the job (which doesn't pay anything) was being awarded a varsity letter and "getting to go to the Rose Bowl." We were coming off 5 straight conference titles and it was basically a foregone conclusion we'd be there again with an offense featuring Collins at QB, Wheatley, D.A., Amani, Merc, et. al. And a D that had Irons, Steele, Law, and host of other major players.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||You sure?||