September 7th, 2011 at 2:54 PM ^

I love how he dodges thorny questions without coming off as evasive, combative, or dismissive. Specifically, the way he answered the question "When you were hired, what did you think had to be fixed first?" was vintage Hoke. That's one of those questions that's intended to get a juicy soundbite on how the new coach thinks the previous coach screwed up. Rodriguez was often baited by these kinds of questions into saying things that were interpreted as shots at Lloyd Carr. For a head coach in the midst of a rebuilding project, nothing good can come of answering such a question frankly, but no one really wants to come off as a jerk to the media either. I can't imagine any coach handling it better than Hoke did. 


September 7th, 2011 at 4:02 PM ^

Coach Hoke loves portraying himself the simple blockhead lineman, but the reality is -- the guy is razor sharp when it comes to engaging the media.  He's too smart to fall into the time-honored trap of being invited to criticize his predecessor.  You're gonna have to do better that that, Josh Helmholdt.

The more I see this guy represent us, the more I recognize him as the absolute emobidment of our school.  Now get out there and make Brian Kelly pop another vein...