I watched Inside Michigan Football last night for the first time all season (I know, I know. Why?). I’m curious if previous episodes this season have followed the same format. The game recap is presented in NFL Films-style, ground-level – much of it in slow motion – footage, spliced with sideline footage of a few position coaches and locker room player interviews. The radio broadcast is played over the video and there are few acknowledgements of the score. This accounted for nearly 25 minutes of the broadcast. There isn’t actually any “inside” analysis or breakdown of the game. Aside from a brief clip of Hoke’s postgame media presser, the only segment with Hoke was Brandstatter asking Hoke about his favorite last-minute Michigan win, set up with a clip of Wangler to Carter against IU in 1982 (Hoke mentioned both last year at Northwestern and Denard to Roundtree vs. Northwestern two-years ago). Has Hoke been absent from analyzing the games in other episodes this season or was this a special occasion?
I also watched Spartan All-Access following Inside Michigan Football and the contrasts between the shows spoke volumes on the state of the respective programs. SAA profiled Lippett and Langford during the first two segments with comments about each player from Dantonio. Lippett and Langford praise the coaching staff for putting them on the field in whatever position would best maximize their talents. Only about 5 minutes at the end of the broadcast was dedicated to the game recap, but at the very least Dantonio gives a brief breakdown to the camera directly after the game. Both shows use the same highlight presentation style (my guess is that is coming down from the Fox Sports/BTN creative departments to mimic The Journey as much as possible).
I can’t decide if erasing Hoke from Inside Michigan Football is better or worse than previous years of him sitting there saying nothing of substance to Brandstatter about the game highlights.It also appears Tim Hortans pulled their sponsorship of those awful Coffee with the Coach segments. It did make me miss the days of Carr on Michigan Replay in the evening after games looking all weary and hoarse doing the highlight breakdown.