John Beilein endorses Brady Hoke, Dave Brandon

Submitted by Cold War on October 3rd, 2014 at 8:53 PM

“If my sons, right now, were high school football players, I would love for them to play for Brady Hoke and this staff,” he began. “I have watched them and I am convinced and certain that they, every day, have the best intentions and care deeply for their players both on and off the (field).”

Pausing, he moved along to Brandon, his embattled boss. “I know I’m speaking for all the head coaches (at Michigan), as well, and I’m certain of this, as far as their agreement with me on this, is that Dave Brandon has had an incredibly positive impact on this athletic department,” Beilein said. “He has been a great leader and mentor to so many of us in his transition here. I think that’s what's best about what Dave has done, is how he has championed the student-athlete, their experience, and their welfare.”…


Mr. Yost

October 4th, 2014 at 11:05 AM ^

Before last weekend I'm willing to bet 99.9% of this board thought Hoke was a nice guy who loved Michigan and had the best intentions for his players 110% of the time.

But you also heard the vast majority follow that with "however that doesn't mean he's a good coach...just a nice guy."

So what Beilein said just confirmed what we already thought prior to Morris/Minny.

Nothing he said meant he should remain the head coach because he was good at his job.


October 4th, 2014 at 11:36 AM ^

That's the thing. I don't hate Brady Hoke. I just don't think he's very organized, detail oriented or forward-thinking. Those are three musts for a coach in my book. I don't doubt he's a great guy who loves Michigan. I get that his players love him. But he's not getting the job done. 

Brandon is the guy who needs to go. Nobody will stand up to him. Schlissel is new, doesn't like sports and doesn't want to step on toes. Brady would never stand up to the guy that hired him and, moreover, isn't the type of guy to be confrontational like that. Brady Hoke is loyal to a fault, much to his and our program's detriment. Beilein doesn't want to get involved. He wants no drama so he can continue being the best teaching basketball coach on the planet. Nobody knows how the board of regents works, and I'm guesssing that includes the board of regents. 



October 3rd, 2014 at 10:16 PM ^

Brandon would have easily fired Beiline to get his own guy in there is John made the slightest misstep. Instead he won. Take a look around the Ath Dept., except for the two sacred cow coaches (Red and Carol), Brandon has tried to get his people to replace coaches hired by other admins. Beiline and Bottom are two that have been too successful to fire, but he is fast on the trigger to get rid of Martin's people.


October 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 PM ^

to play for Hoke too. He seems like a great teacher / players coach. It seems that is not enough at the power five level.

As for Brandon: he's handing out the candy left right and center on the Athletic Department. I am not surprised everyon see who benefits loves it.

Those of us "customers" paying for it, and observing the excess, do not.


October 3rd, 2014 at 8:58 PM ^

Has Beilein ever said anything bad about a poor basketball coach?

It's one of those things that he can think it, but don't say it. My boss is a jerk, but I can't say that to his face or the media.


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:18 PM ^

Except he opened with the statements himself. This wasn't a guy giving the "company line" to a reporter's question. This was a well respected, highly successful coach who is not beholden to either of the men he voluntarily and unequivocally supported. The fans don't want him back, but JB clearly does. If there's a man you can take at his word on is John Beilein.


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:45 PM ^

I'm not saying he's lying.

I'm saying that he's saying exactly what we all would have thought he'd say.  Hoke is a great guy.  Brandon is his boss.  He would never say anything that would hurt either of them.  Neither would I nor anyone else in that situation.  That's why it's non-news.

BlueSpiceIn SEC.hell

October 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 PM ^

.... telling the truth?


He has as much of a right to express his opinions as everyone of the pitchfork toting, mob rule, mass hysteria contibutors that are hoarding this blog -

Give it a rest.

You are all calling out what he has said, as if he is not capable of expressing a positive, first-hand expression of what he feels.  So inherently he also is a part of this massive engine that is manipulating him to puppet what his boss is telling him to say. 

So he is no better than the rest of them.


October 4th, 2014 at 10:37 AM ^

Dude you don't get it. IM NOT SAYING HES LYING. I know he's telling the truth. I would like Brady Hoke to coach my son. He's a great guy. I would like Dave Beandob if I was coaching at M because he's pouring money into my program.

I'm just saying that this is non-news and his comments have been mentioned already in other threads. Get a grip.

I respect JB as much, if not more than most here. I was a student his first 3 years, never missed a game. I've met him several times and he's given me points on being a young bball coach. So step back and look at what I wrote, not what you think I'm implying.


October 3rd, 2014 at 10:09 PM ^

He has nothing to lose supporting Hole and his boss. Anyone would take this opportunity to bank some good will. No one is accusing Brandon of failing to support other sports, but there are a lot of people Brandon has swept out for petty reasons. There are a lot of current and former AD personnel Dave Brandon treated like shit.


October 4th, 2014 at 2:42 PM ^

I didn't think you were saying JB was lying. You question his motives (saying this because DB is his boss, and Hoke is a great guy). It seems clear to me that JB said what he said because he thinks that DB and Hoke are good for the university, athletic department and football program.

JB clearly stated the other coaches feel the same and I don't think he would say that if he weren't certain in his mind that they did. Bottom line, he sincerely and strongly believes what he said...and I think most UM athletes and coaches agree.

This is news to me because I had no idea what JB really thought of Brandon. At this point, it is more risky to have such unwavering support for DB than to just say nothing, or something like, "I support the AD and all the coaches at UM." He easily could have left it at that.

This went well beyond that, was unsolicited, and left no doubt about where JB stands.


October 3rd, 2014 at 10:10 PM ^

BH is a likeable guy who obviously cares about Michigan football and the kids. He's a terrible coach, but that isn't for Beilein to weigh in on.

...and as long as DB is AD, Beilein isn't going to say anything disparaging about how things are run.


October 4th, 2014 at 2:45 PM ^

JB's choices weren't 1) say something disparaging or 2) say what he said. He could have said nothing. He could have said something neutral. He could have said something generically positive.

What he said articulated a clear feeling of over the top support for DB and Hoke. So, it did surprise me.


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:00 PM ^

These threads aren't getting ridiculous.  OF COURSE he's going to support his boss and co-worker publically.  He's not an idiot.  Stop pushing good material off the front page with this shit.  


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:13 PM ^

The basketball team has become a lot better since Brandon got here. I'm sure there's no causation, but I don't see why Beilein would have a problem with Brandon.


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 PM ^

More relevantly, he displayed how to do PR, because he is not a moron.

“Believe it or not, it makes me value so much more where I’m coaching because the passion for Michigan athletics is incredible, and people care so deeply about it, that I think you see that,” he said. “That’s where I want to be and we’ve got to take the good with the bad. At the same time, this doesn’t happen at a lot of places. They don’t have the passion.”

Validate your critics beliefs as being genuine and then poliitely disagree.  Don't treat us with contempt, which is Brandon's go to method.


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:20 PM ^

Our basketball coach is fantastic and a classy guy. He is entitled to this opinion which as others have said is really the only public opinion he could express. It is also my right to disagree with him on these matters.

Good luck Coach Beilein and I look forward to watching our basketball team grow before our eyes and show marked improvement from the beginning to end of the season. Even if this year is not as good as the last two I have confidence that next year will be awesome no matter what happens across the parking lot and on State Street.


October 3rd, 2014 at 9:26 PM ^

No fucking way he would have his kids underdeveloped by Hoke. I would say the same about my peers I had to work around. Kalis is insane not to transfer to ohio. I still can't believe that kid is on hokes shit list. He could easily be an NFL player with any coaching. Hoke hates his nasty attitude, which is what we need.

turd ferguson

October 3rd, 2014 at 9:49 PM ^

It's also possible that Beilein, you know, actually likes those guys.  And that's fine.  We don't need to dismiss everyone who says positive things about Hoke and DB with an "of course that's what he says publicly."  If Beilein wants to endorse Hoke and DB based on what he's seen, he deserves an opportunity to do that without being called a company man or liar.  What he says almost certainly won't change my opinion, especially of DB, but Beilein has earned my attention when he speaks.


October 3rd, 2014 at 10:38 PM ^

I am convinced and certain that they, every day, have the best intentions and care deeply for their players both on and off the (field).

Are there really many people out there that sincerely doubt Hoke's good intentions and caring for his players? With the shady stuff going on in a lot of places, knowing that my hypothetical son was actually cared for by a staff would be priority one for me too.

I think that’s what's best about what Dave has done, is how he has championed the student-athlete, their experience, and their welfare.

Are any of the Brandon complaints centered around the student-athlete experience? Everything I can think of is either a PR or fan experience complaint.


October 3rd, 2014 at 10:54 PM ^

Seriously, what else do you expect him to say?  Not only would anything less not be appropriate but Beilein is way too naturally classy to say otherwise.  He's also probably friends with and respects both Brandon and Hoke.  While Brandon is probably somewhat of a jerk, in general he probably gets along fine with Beilein. And Hoke, despite all we've been through, I think is by all accounts a very decent, likable human being.  So yeah, that's what JB said.


October 3rd, 2014 at 10:42 PM ^

I have a question that isn't thread worthy, but I need your opinions. I just found out I have next weekend off so I want to take my gf to A&M vs Ole Miss for her b-day. Have you guys ever sat in club seats? Is it worth it? Free buffet and booze seems cool, but watching a game behind glass seems wrong.