There were a couple of important reads that we wanted to make sure you all got to see. The first, from Sam Webb and the other a get to know your coach from a friendly blog. I also wanted to mention what many of you no doubt have noticed. We have not been following our normal schedule with posts, the combination of the week long insane coaching search, updating the website and a few work related things have kept us from doing that. I look forward to getting back to our normal schedule next week. Anyway, here you go…
Recruiting among new U-M coach Brady Hoke’s strengths
When news broke Tuesday that Michigan had named Brady Hoke the 19th head coach in the history of its storied football program, many fans’ disillusionment with the search process was palpable.
Hoke admittedly wasn’t as hot a name as other candidates, but Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon made the proverbial substance-over-style pick. Inspection of that “substance” has focused mostly on the turnaround effort at Ball State (5-8 in 2003 to 12-1 in 2008), and the recent turnaround at San Diego State (4-8 in 2009 to 9-4 and the first bowl game in 12 years in 2010).
That said, one could just as easily cite Hoke’s recruiting track record as one of his most appealing attributes.
Such superlatives might sound like hyperbole, but Hoke’s recruiting acumen merits it. Unquestionably one of Lloyd Carr’s top talent procurers during his time as an assistant, Hoke had a penchant for beating out western powers for big-time talent.
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KNOW YOUR COACH: BRADY HOKE
Born in November, 1958 in Dayton, OH, Hoke graduated from Fairmont East High School in Kettering, OH and went on to play linebacker for Ball State where he was a four-year letterman. He was the captain of his squad senior year and a second-team All-MAC selection. He graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice, something that will come on handy when discussing the Ohio State team with his players.
According the Wikipedia link above, his dad played for Woody Hayes at Miami of Ohio but Brady always was a Michigan fan growing up which much have led to some interesting discussions around the dinner table.