Brady Hoke Eats Coaching Awards For Dinner Comment Count

Brian November 30th, 2011 at 3:02 PM


Who's the man? You're the man.

In a world where CJ Barnett is a better safety than Jordan Kovacs, a 10-2 Michigan team must be coached up the wazoo, to the hilt, and beyond. Lo, it is so.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) that University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke was chosen as the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year, as selected by conference coaches, and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year, as picked by the media.Hoke is the sixth first-year coach to earn the McClain Coach of the Year award, which dates back to 1972 and is named for the former Wisconsin coach. This is the inaugural awarding of the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year honor, which pays tribute to Ohio State's Woody Hayes and Michigan's Bo Schembechler.

This will be the only time in the history of the award someone from Michigan or Ohio State actually wins it. This is Hoke's third COTY award in four years. Neat trick, that.



November 30th, 2011 at 3:06 PM ^

Nice job, Coach.  I, like most, was not super excited with this hire - everyone had Harbaugh on the brain, but man - anyone who doesn't love this guy has a screw loose.

I had heard from a few friends that the guys would play their hearts out for him, and sure enough they have. 

Go blue!

Rocking Chair

November 30th, 2011 at 3:08 PM ^

Not only did he earn it with his accomplishments, he did it the Michigan way--with ultimate class.  His gesture of personally awarding footballs and hugging each of the seniors and their parents before The Game spoke volumes.  I've never seen a head coach do that before when the rest of the coaching staff and team were in the locker room.  No wonder the kids love him. 

a non emu

November 30th, 2011 at 3:14 PM ^

Congrats Coach Hoke!!

In a weird segue, CJ Barnett made me think about Chris Barnett who transferred earlier in the year. Anyone know where he ended up? I loved listening to his interview with Sam Webb last year after signing day and was really disappointed that he was leaving.


November 30th, 2011 at 3:54 PM ^

3 of Coach Hoke's coaching mentors are recognized with those award names: Dave McClain, whom Hoke played for at Ball State and he has mentioned many times as one of his biggest influences in coaching and life... Bo Schembechler, who was on the same team as Coach Hoke's father when they played under Woody Hayes at Miami of Ohio...


November 30th, 2011 at 4:15 PM ^

And he is a .700 coach over that time (35-15).  People calling him a .500 coach when he was hired may have been nominally correct, but Hoke's career trajectory has been clearly upward.  He struggled his first few years, which maybe wasn't surprising given that he had never been a coordinator, but then seemed to figure it out around 2006 and has been an excellent coach since.


November 30th, 2011 at 5:56 PM ^

I would be nervous hiring a coach that didn't start out with at least SOME losing seasons.  This isn't the sort of job you grasp right away; what's important is that he's been getting better every year.  Next year's schedule is much tougher so I don't know if we'll win 10 games again, but I think in a couple more years a lot of unpleasant memories will be distant ones.

As for winning the award, congrats to Hoke, but to his credit I think he might be the person in Ann Arbor who cares the least.  Oh I'm sure he'll say all the right things like "it's an honor", but from what we know of Hoke the hardware's gonna be forgotten on a mantlepiece by next week while he gets back to work.


November 30th, 2011 at 4:10 PM ^

A guy I work with who is a huge Buckeye fan and relentelessly retarded in his inability to admit Michigan is awesome (just yesterday he said things like "it's just one game!" and "OSU doesn't care about Michigan" and "who cares about the record over the past 20 years/overall record" and "but you didn't beat MSU!") was bragging that we got "stuck with Hoke" while they picked up Meyer.


You know what?  I prefer Hoke.  Yay Brady!


Go Blue!


November 30th, 2011 at 4:25 PM ^

I don't want to hate on OSU and Braxton Miller, but I don't think he really deserved Freshman of the Year, it's just that he was the most visible fresman that actually played for a big name team and it was just like...yeah here you go.


November 30th, 2011 at 5:09 PM ^

Clearly nothing but a class act and after watching the travesty of an introduction the other day in Ohio, I couldn't be happier with Michigan's Man. He was on the Huge Show yesterday, and just love his answers. Totally took the MSU loss on his back saying "I did a poor job as a coach preparing them for that game.". Totally humble and recognizes that everyone makes mistakes and can learn and advance from them. This is one Wolverine with a huge smile over this staff. Congrats Coach Hoke!


November 30th, 2011 at 5:28 PM ^

Ten years from now, when Hoke in in his mid sixties, and in the middle of becoming another legenday Michigan coach with X number of Big 10 Championships... if the pictures of him pointing and captions like, "Who's the man? You're the man." are still around as a steady joke... I'll be a damn happy Wolverine fan.  Go Blue!  Down with Ohio!

Ed Shuttlesworth

November 30th, 2011 at 5:46 PM ^

Well done.

He grew a lot as a coach between 2008-10, and has become one of the best.   He's secure enough in himself to hire outstanding assistants and let them do their jobs while he spends his time on particular needs, which he identifies well, and setting a winning tone from the top.  He handles the media very well, and engenders confidence in the players and other coaches.

He speaks "Michigan Man" very well, while also -- as Brian has noted so literately -- being unafraid to take risks, in both risk-reward decision-making and schematically.  He's a 21st Century Michigan Man we've been waiting for ... well, for the whole 21st century.

All indications are that he'll be an excellent recruiter.  I have no fears whatsoever that he's somehow doing something with Rod's recruits that won't be sustained, and such a notion strikes me as bordering on batshit insane.

He's a terrific coach.


November 30th, 2011 at 5:53 PM ^

I was hoping he'd get this recognition he is surely deserving of.  Another reason why parents should send their sons to Michigan to play football.  Top notch coach, top notch staff, top notch program.  Let's see if Mattison gets the recognition he deserves, too.


November 30th, 2011 at 6:27 PM ^


A fine thing to witness a coaching staff tease out the best performances possible from our football players in such a brief time.  Coach Hoke and his staff deserve recognition for achieving this.  The real Michigan swagger is justifiably back.  That alone is probably enough compensation for the men who are on Hoke's staff, and the players can hold their heads high.


November 30th, 2011 at 9:05 PM ^

The guy came here and I was really skeptical and almost certain that Brandon had made the wrong move. I was wrong. Hoke and his staff did an amazing job this year. It was apparent in the second half of the ND game, this guy wants to win now. The rest of the season went pretty damn well, hence a trash tornado and some shitty refs in Iowa. Nice work coach. I know you're working right now. Good luck this January. Win our first BCS game for us and I'll go sleeveless for a week.