Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Michigan Hires Brady Hoke

MGoBlue.com is reporting that Brady Hoke will be the next head coach at The University of Michigan. He has accumulated an overall coaching record of 47-50, and a bowl record of 1-1 at stops at Ball State and San Diego State. His best year was 12-1 in 2008 at Ball State. He was then hired to coach SDSU and missed his team's bowl loss. That 2008 team featured BSU's all time leading passer, their number 2 and 3 career receiving yardage leaders, and a RB who is now their #2 rusher.

Prior to becoming the head man at Ball State, he served as the DL coach and associate head coach at Michigan from 1997-2002. The recurring theme, if you hadn't noticed, is that David Brandon wanted a coach with Michigan ties. Harbaugh, Miles, and now Hoke.

This will never be considered a glamorous hire, but maybe it is what Michigan was looking for after the Rich Rod experiment.  This is a move that can't be measured for a few years until he gets "his guys" in the mix. He is accustomed to running the more pro-style offense Michigan is used to. There aren't any options on the roster at QB, and with signing day less than a month away, it may be a tough 2011 season if he tries to run his offense with this roster. Think of it as a bizzarro  2008 with Tate playing the role of Threet/Sheridan.

At least its over with. There is closure for the fans, and well there's the bright side.

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