OT: Mack Brown Institutes the "Brady Hoke" Visit Policy

OT: Mack Brown Institutes the "Brady Hoke" Visit Policy

Submitted by MilkSteak on February 13th, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Looks as though other schools including Texas, Oregon, and Georgia Tech (do they have the recruiting clout to do this?? edit: Talking about GT here) are instituting a similar policy on recruit visits. 


Right from the old man's mouth:

"The thing that we will do is we have allowed the kids to commit and still look around the last couple of years -- we're not doing that anymore," Brown said last week on Signing Day. "If you are committed to us, be committed. If you're going to go look, we're going to go look."

Hoke's Passion: cried when Green told him he was going Blue

Hoke's Passion: cried when Green told him he was going Blue

Submitted by buddhafrog on January 26th, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Brady Hoke cried when Green called him today to tell him he was going Blue.

“He was real excited,” Green said. “I kept him on his toes. But when I told him today he was just astound and actually started crying. It was crazy, it was an unbelievable experience.”

(I know, we have more than one thread going about the Derrick Green announcement today.  Mods delete if you feel it shouldn't be here.  But I thought this was an interesting story that came out about the announcement that folks would want to know.)

This story does say a lot about Brady Hoke - his passion and emotion for Michigan.  It's a very real thing, for sure.  That has to be contagious to the team and coaches.  We heard about this during the coaching search, but at least I didn't quite realize the level of his passion and how powerful an impact it would have.  I believe it had some impact on Lewan's decision as well. 

However, it does have me wondering, were the tears at all stress relief?  Did Hoke feel the pressure/stress about the uncertainty of Green's decision, knowing how important he might be for the program?

Go Blue. Go #27

Coach Hoke: The Numbers Thus Far

Coach Hoke: The Numbers Thus Far

Submitted by Swayze Howell Sheen on January 2nd, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Some time back, I created a small diary (click here to see it) which broke down the wins and losses of UM coaches in the modern era. The gist of it was simple: group wins and losses based on the size of the margin of victory or loss, and see what happens.

A few things stood out from that earlier post:

  • Bo's first six years were ridiculous. His teams almost never lost! We'll likely never see a run like that again.
  • Carr and Mo were quite comparable to the rest of Bo's career (excluding those six magical seasons).
  • Carr's (very) slight atrophying was showing up in a few more close wins than what had been the norm.

Although I wanted to wait a few more years to do this, well, boredom set in, and thus again you get the Graph(TM), with Hoke's first two years included:

The Graph

The graph breaks down each year into seven different groups: big wins (by 15 or more), medium wins (by 8-14), close wins (by 7 or less), ties (from when these used to occur), and close, medium, and big losses (the same margins apply).

There is also a summary graph for each coach (again breaking Bo into two groups, the first six years and the rest):

Cutting to the chase, we can observe the following:

  • Hoke has restored one big part of the Michigan Expectation: a large number of relatively easy wins (dark blue part of the bar). Indeed, he already has 13 of these comfortable victories in just two years; RichRod had only 6 in three years.
  • Hoke's current win percentage is in the expected ballpark (around .730, just short of the .750 we saw for Bo after '74, Mo, and Carr).
  • Hoke isn't getting blown out a lot (also unlike the RichRod era, alas); an actual defense helps with this.
  • Hoke's "close win" percentage is more like Carr's; a sign of the times, or a hint at future troubles?

Of course, all of this is quite premature, and the next few years will help us better understand how the Hoke era will likely proceed. And while 8-5 is OK in a given year, it is clearly not OK in the long run (at least, given the expectations we all have from decades of winning). Thus, as Hoke builds the team into his vision of Michigan Football, will he achieve at the level of Coach Carr (five seasons with at least ten wins, including one Mythic National Championship)? Will he continue to win the games we "should" win by large amounts? Will he secure his fair share of Big Ten Championships? Or (dare I hope) will he put together a run unseen since the legendary early days of Bo? Only time will tell. 

My own feelings: having a real defense makes it all possible; stout defense makes most tough games close, and easier games into blowouts. If the offense starts to click, and "Good Borges" becomes the only Borges we see (particularly as the "right" parts are brought in via recruiting), it seems like Hoke is on his way to a successful career at UM. 

What are your thoughts?



OT: College Football Coaches in High School

OT: College Football Coaches in High School

Submitted by Leaders And Best on December 11th, 2012 at 3:15 PM

OT(?): quick impact at the QB position

OT(?): quick impact at the QB position

Submitted by Jasper on October 12th, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Without numerous mentions of UMich (past, present, and future ... no kidding) this would probably be too "OT" for the board:


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