Hackett Talks the Talk

Submitted by MayOhioEatTurds on December 2nd, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Mr. Hackett deserves credit for talking the talk:

"I wanted to make sure that Brady received adequate time to exhibit the results that would come from his effort and I believe that Brady and our coaching staff had enough time to produce those results and unfortunately they are not there.  In the end, I feel that moving in a different direction is the right decision.  I wish Brady and his family all the best in the future."


All that remains to be seen is whether Mr. Hackett can walk the walk--which Mr. Hackett has lucidly defined as having a football coach who can "produce . . . results." 

I'm keeping my fingers crossed, Mr. Hackett. 




December 2nd, 2014 at 6:02 PM ^

Hackett said something that was sorely needed in 2008: "I want to get rid of the word 'Michigan Man.'"  Bad math or grammar aside, it sounds like Hackett isn't putting all of his eggs into the "Michigan Man" basket.  Yost came from WVA.  Bo came from Ohio. It's time to welcome another outsider if that's the way it ends up.

Mr. Yost

December 2nd, 2014 at 6:21 PM ^

It was his follow up sentances explaining what "Michigan Man" represented. And that it wasn't about being connected to the program. It was about values and integrity.

That is the part that, IMO, will live in infamy. Those follow up lines should get blown up, bolded and put on the front page of every Michigan related site in the world. 

It was a textbook definition.

Too many people think they know...and they don't. Too many people get bent out of shape over the term because too many people think they know...and they don't.

He explained it beautifully. 

I have no problem with the term...just use it correctly. Not as a filter or strainer to decide whether someone should or shouldn't be part of the University. And there should be no arrogance attached to it.

But unforunately it's so misinterpreted that it's necessary for it to just go away.


You Only Live Twice

December 2nd, 2014 at 8:34 PM ^

He explained the origins of the term, the fact that he didn't like how women were excluded, and then went on to remind us of the ideals involved.  The overriding ideal is "selflessness".  Quite a message to convey in a press conference.   I was all around impressed with Hackett's presser, he's articulate and prepared, and I'm satisfied that he treated Brady Hoke and staff with consideration and dignity.  He also clearly opened the door for player input going forward, instead of ending the conversation.


December 2nd, 2014 at 7:32 PM ^

You may haves loved them, but I always disliked Brandon and was never more than luke warm on Hoke. Granted, I was predisposed not to like Brandon because of his politics and early actions in the AD involving friends of mine where he was a-hole.

Mr. Yost

December 2nd, 2014 at 8:39 PM ^

That it was the vasty majority LOVED both of their opening press conferences.

There were the same threads like this after each was hired. Brandon also had a similar thread to this once Rich Rod was fired.

My point is, these guys are heads of their "departments," they get paid shit tons of money...they're supposed to know how to hold a press conference.

What's funny is everyone loved Hoke's press conference and 3 years later no one could stand his pressers. He regressed. He didn't execute.

Chameleon Eyes

December 2nd, 2014 at 4:52 PM ^

I was outright giddy when he said he'd like to completely get rid of the term "Michigan Man", or have it be understood in its proper context if it is to stick around. Progress.

Ron Utah

December 2nd, 2014 at 5:47 PM ^

Hackett spent A LOT of time talking about the importance of character in his presser.  With that tone set, I think Les Miles is off the table.  I don't see how he'd be able to defend that hire.  With all of Miles' rumored offenses, some of them are sure to be true.

The board seems overwhelmingly supportive of Miles if we can't get Harbaugh; I believe today's press conference means we should start looking for another option that will make us happy.

Cowboy Cody

December 2nd, 2014 at 4:56 PM ^

I was looking for a reason to dislike Hackett because of his CEO background of laying lots of people off. He was calm, cool, collected...and honest. I'm very much impressed.


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:15 PM ^

I was looking for a reason to dislike Hackett, too, though for different reasons. 

I didn't mind that he had a CEO background (though I would have preferred a successful AD background), or that he laid lots of people off (a trend I'd like to see him continue within the Michigan AD). 

I was looking for a reason to dislike Hacket because I have come to mistrust the Michigan AD in general.  Over the past eight years or so, I feel like the Michigan AD (the department as a whole, not merely the director) has made more bumbling decisions than any organization of which I am aware.  My general distrust of the Michigan AD is not paranoia, it is the product of hard experience.  I will not detail those bumbling decisions here; suffice it to say they color the way I view the entire organization.   

But Hackett's frankness, and his standard of "producing results," has settled my nerves. 

I'm hoping he walks the walk! 


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:00 PM ^

The best part about him saying this is that he provided the context of the term, thereby explaining why it didn't apply and should pass into the vast realm of terms no longer used. That was definitely something that needed to come from the top in the athletic department, at least officially, and there it is. It is a term that needs to go because it seems to restrict the thinking of a fair number of people. 


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:05 PM ^

see what a complete douche Brandon was compared to Hackett.  Its unbelievable those two people can be on the board of directors of so many companies because one of them is a complete tool.


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:05 PM ^

Thank you for the Michigan Man answer - litterally been saying that stuff verbatim (well not the part about women, but the rest of it) constantly for years and hearing someone in power say it so loudly and publicly was awesome.


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:13 PM ^

I liked that. It showed very quickly that he is taking all factors, including schedule, recruiting, practices, EVERYTHING into account, or at least trying to, and he frankly sounded pretty excited about making sure he does a good job.


Also, using a real search firm to facilitate contact with candidates means no idiots not understanding cell phones. :)



December 2nd, 2014 at 5:14 PM ^

I recall him as similarly professional, without that sort of narcissism Brandon displayed, when Hackett was CEO at Steelcase. Very glad he is where he is at this moment. Such a difference.


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:19 PM ^

So happy that Hackett said he wanted to get rid of the "Michigan Man" stuff. Maybe now we can break away from the mold! Finally someone who gets IT. Hackett for permanent AD!


December 2nd, 2014 at 5:25 PM ^

Dang the presser really made me appreciate Hoke.  As fustrating as the losing has been, and sometimes even the winning, he has set the bar as far as how to run a great program in most other areas.  Good luck Hoke.