Photos via Mrs. MVictors up on the east side:
They barely exchanged ‘Go Blues’ before Eisen and the Sklars launched into a three and a half minute Hoke-Borges-Mattison lovefest, enjoy:
Thanks for Matt for providing the clip.
During the 15 minute glimpse of
warm-ups practice today, we learned one thing: Brady Hoke is minding the details.
For most of the session open to the media, Hoke sat with the punters and watched…
…and even demonstrated punting:
I like this. I want a coach who is showing the punters how to punt.
This reminds of one my favorite photos of Fielding Yost (something I don’t think I’ve mentioned here before). Per the Bentley Historical Library photo gallery of the Old Man, here’s Yost “Fielding Yost demonstrates proper way to catch a punt”:
A few shots from practice today:
Open punting try-outs (not really)
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You know I’ll be in East Lansing for the JDRF Walk on August 6th. Well, I recently took another step on Spartan turf by joining Hondo Carpenter on Spartan Nation radio heard across Michigan on 1080 AM or via spartannation.com.
Apologies for the audio in the first few minutes—I hope it sounded better live and it gets better after the start.
We discussed the state of the MSU-Michigan rivalry, Coach Carr’s legacy and much more:
Near the end of Wojo’s extensive Q&A with Coach Hoke was this exchange:
Q. Many fans crave a return to old Michigan ways. You’ve talked about being tough in the trenches, having a pounding defense. What about the little traditions, like helmet stickers again?
A. I don’t know about the helmet stickers yet. I’m gonna get some counsel from ex-players, from coach (Gary) Moeller, coach (Jerry) Hanlon. We are going to have captains, I can promise you.
It’s a tradition many believe started with Woody Hayes and the Buckeyes in the late 1960s but thanks to the piece in Hail to the Victors 2010 by John Kryk (with Steve Sapardanis), we know that the tradition was actually started by Bo. Kryk described the scene in 1969 when Schembechler announced that the Wolverines would be placed stickers on their helmets after games:
“Oh, like Woody?” a reporter asked.
“Uh-uh.” Schembechler grinned triumphantly. “Woody got the idea from me.”
Kryk goes on to trace the start back of the “big-play” stickers to 1965, Bo’s third season at Miami, OH (then still nicknamed the Redskins). They used little red tomahawks.
Thanks to Sapardanis, here’s a breakdown of the Michigan helmet decals used to date:
Count Sapardanis as one who would like to see the tradition return in fact he’s made a bold suggestion as to the design. Hoke told Wojo, “If we don’t win the championship, we failed, period.” OK, then why not this?
What do you think?
More later on Hoke and his comments, but thought I’d share a couple quick photos.
Here’s Hoke emerging from the Crisler tunnel, his first public appearance before the Michigan crowd. After people figured out who he was he got a very nice reception. Hoke did not speak at the game and sat courtside with Dave Brandon and his wife and daughter.
This man was also there and the camera panned on him during the break – the crowd went nuts. When he heard the crowd roar and saw his face on the big screen, I saw him mouth, “Aww mann,” and break out that huge smile. Here he is finishing off ‘The Victors’ with authority.
While fans certainly wanted these two ships to meet and hug, it didn’t happen. Hoke did chat with Governor Snyder for what it’s worth. I was kind of hoping Hoke and Coach Tweet (Barcari Alexander) would get to get together a shout at each other about how much they love Michigan.
Via media relations:
Hoke Named Michigan Football Coach
ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 11) the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Hoke arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10).
“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady,” said Brandon. “He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom.”
Hoke spent eight seasons in Ann Arbor before embarking on his head coaching career. He mentored the Wolverines defensive line all eight seasons, a group that helped Michigan rank annually among the nation’s best in rushing and total defense. Hoke coached three linemen to All-America honors during his tenure – William Carr (1996), Glen Steele (1997) and Rob Renes (1999) – and had five players earn first-team All-Big Ten accolades.
A member of Michigan’s national championship staff in 1997, Hoke helped the defense lead the nation in rushing defense at 89 yards per game and 2.7 yards per carry. Michigan’s team posted a 5-3 record against Michigan State, Ohio State and in bowl games during Hoke’s tenure on the staff.
Hoke was named the 2010 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after guiding the Aztecs to a 9-4 overall record and 5-3 conference mark. He led SDSU to its first bowl game in 12 years, a 35-14 victory over Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. Six of his players earned first-team All-MWC honors in 2010, including running back Ronnie Hamilton, the league’s freshman of the year. In his first season at San Diego State, Hoke had five players named to All-MWC teams, while 11 players were MWC All-Academic selections.
Hoke took the leadership position at his alma mater, Ball State, in 2003 and built it into a championship program before departing after six seasons for the West Coast. He mentored players to 35 All-MAC selections in six years en route to a pair of bowl game appearances in 2007 and ’08. The 2008 season marked the best season in program history, tallying a school-record 12 wins and completing an undefeated Mid-American Conference regular season campaign. His team won the west division championship in 2008 and shared the division crown in 2007.
Hoke has 28 years of collegiate experience, with assistant coaching stints at Grand Valley State (1983), Western Michigan (1984-86), Toledo (1987-88), Oregon State (1989-94) and Michigan (1995-2002).
A 1982 graduate of Ball State University, Hoke earned four letters (1977-80) with the Cardinals. He was part of the only two teams in school history to post undefeated conference seasons: as a player in 1978, and as head coach in 2008. Hoke led BSU to the 1978 MAC championship, and as a team captain in 1980 earned All-MAC second team honors.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Hoke graduated from Fairmont East High School in 1977. Hoke and his wife, the former Laura Homberger, have one daughter, Kelly.
Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon will hold a press conference to introduce Coach Hoke on Wednesday (Jan. 12) at 1 p.m. EST. The media opportunity will be held at the Junge Family Champions Center located between the Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena tunnels. The press conference is not open to the public. Both Brandon and Hoke will be unavailable for media interviews until tomorrow’s press conference.
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I have no gut feeling on what’s going to happen—I’ve had people tell me before the bowl that Harbaugh was pretty much a done deal, and for while I’ve had word that discussions with Hoke were very serious.
Prior to the bowl the needle seemed to sway toward Harbaugh leaving Stanford and heading to Michigan. Now, chatter seems to be the other way, with even a few speculating that he might stay in Palo Alto. Several folks close to the program, like Sam Webb, say all the talk at this point in nonsense.
It’s not about the money, at least when talking Michigan vs. the NFL as Brandon will pay what it takes. I see Harbaugh as the type who’s going to value the better situation for himself and the people in his life ahead of the bucks. Guys who tweet out Gordon Lightfoot lyrics (and mean it) don’t chase dollars:
If I’m Harbaugh I absolutely leave Stanford—you’ve got to move now and who knows what will happen in the next couple years. And I’ve always understood when college coaches head to the pros. No matter what happens at that level there always seems to be a high profile gig waiting for them back in college.
I think Harbaugh’s a different kind of cat, as many of these high achieving guys are, and nothing would surprise me at this point.