There is nothing wrong with Hoke.

Submitted by Thorin on December 18th, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Edit: He was just shaking his leg. I wouldn't be too concerned. Must have had a lot of coffee or something. -Heiko

Thanks Heiko.



December 19th, 2011 at 8:33 AM ^

That is the first I am seeing of that video.  It is not just his arm, at the end of it he is rocking front to back and it does not seem voluntary.  To me, that video is a little alarming. 













December 18th, 2011 at 12:36 PM ^

My higher functioning self says that there is nothing substantially wrong with Hoke - he is just stressed and probably very tired.

But my more irrational, instinct-based self says that something has seemed off about him in his pressers. He just looks so much older in one year. Maybe he just stopped dying his hair, but he looks very tired, stressed, etc, beyond levels that I would expect. The man needs a vacation, or something. I think that, as much as he loves his job, he didn't realize the difference in scrutiny between SDSU and BSU and UM. I hope he gets a few good nights of sleep and some time with his family for the holiday.


December 18th, 2011 at 12:35 PM ^

Restless legs isn't really a shaking issue, more of a needs to be stretched/exercised out feeling.  The shaking seems to be more of his arms.  But the fact that it lasts only a minute or so makes it seem much more controllable versus having tremors or some sort of true neurologic condition.  Probably just bouncy, especially if this hasn't been noticed before (per another blogger).



December 18th, 2011 at 11:58 AM ^

He stops for a few seconds at 16:22.

My wife does it frequently, and it will shake the dining table. Sometimes the tapping sounds like there's an angry woodpecker trying to get in the house. She's not even conscious she's doing it.


December 18th, 2011 at 12:09 PM ^

Well, I think it's probably just a little bit of restless leg syndrome. You get out there on the practice field with those guys, teaching proper fundamentals and techniques, and toughness, and sometimes that energy carries over to the press conference.


December 18th, 2011 at 12:10 PM ^

I agree with the other posters -- he either has restless legs, or perhaps he has a cold or the flu.  A lot of times your body fights off the flu while you are super busy, and then the first instant you start relaxing a little bit (i.e. after the season ends), you get sick.  I'm guessing that is what happened, and that he just feels sick up there and keeps shaking his legs as a distraction / to fight off the chills.


December 18th, 2011 at 12:14 PM ^

to me.  He is shaking his leg quite a bit, and does look a little pale. But I don't think it's anything serious.  I think we should be more concerned about the guy who hacks up a lung @ 7:47.


December 18th, 2011 at 12:30 PM ^

I do this when I am a little nervous like at a tight game or when I am ansty to get to work but have to sit for a minute to either explain instructions or receive instructions. It's fair to say that Hoke is not exactly at home sitting for a 20 minute presser either. His voice never changes and his posture stays the same through out so I chalk it up to being restless, sitting at a long press conference covering practice.


(Insert Iverson "practice" comments! Ha ha!)


December 18th, 2011 at 1:07 PM ^

I think everyone has had those days or moments where you just can't sit or stay still. Where you just don't feel right or don't feel comfortable in your own skin. Where you just don't want to be where you are. Where you're just simply restless.


December 18th, 2011 at 1:11 PM ^

Don't let a certain B1G school hear about this or they'll be telling recruits that Hoke is gravely ill and will be forced to retire soon as they were doing with Carr.

Now that I think about it, and think  about Meyer .....


December 18th, 2011 at 1:17 PM ^

I do the very same thing. On numerous occasions I've caught myself shaking my leg (which jars my entire body) by moving the front of my foot up and down quickly in meetings. I noticed in presser video Coach Hoke stops shaking from time to time but drifts back into it. It’s all benign and really has no significance whatsoever, especially when he’s winning more than 75% of the games and whipping Ohio.


December 18th, 2011 at 1:24 PM ^

Looks like he's tapping his foot. I do it all the time, I hope people don't think I'm sick because of that. I just do it when I've been sitting for a while.