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Michigan’s Brady Brings “Hope”

January 20, 2011 1 comment

After a lengthy, difficult, coaching search, Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon finally announced the 19th Head Coach of the University of Michigan, Brady Hoke. While Hoke was not the first choice of coach, in fact he wasn’t even the second, he is very fitting for the position.

 

Brady Hoke during his introductory Press Conference

 

His resume includes a 12-1 season with Ball State, back to back winning seasons with San Diego State, and he was on the Michigan staff under Loyd Carr for several years. In addition taking several coaching staff along with him, Hoke announced he would be adding Greg Mattison, former Defensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens to his staff. Between Hoke

Mattison during a Ravens practice with All-Pro Ray Lewis

and Mattison, Michigan has gone from three recruits within the top ESPN Top 250, to having an additional six interested in Michigan which is pretty good since they Hoke has barely been on campus and Mattison probably hasn’t packed his bags out of Baltimore yet. It seems things are looking up for the old Maize and Blue, but I’m still concerned for the Wolverines immediate future. While the coaching staff is talented, I believe there is something to say about the transition of a higher level of competition for Brady Hoke and the transition back to college football for Greg Mattison, while both have been successful in Ann Arbor in previous season things have changed, Michigan has changed.

 

Hoke has commented on how excited he is to work with Denard Robinson

 

A Denard Robinson would never play Quarterback under Loyd Carr, a Wolverine Defense has never given up this many points to any opponent. Hoke turned two programs around in Ball State and San Diego St, but he also started 4-8 in his initial season with both programs. I experienced the no bowl game season at Michigan in 2008 and it was not pleasant. Hoke will have to hit the ground running, to do this he will have to figure a way to run this offense with Robinson at control, while Mattison will have to find a way to build a top defense with mediocre talent. Personally I have all the faith a guy could have for a new coach, but my worry comes in  with the high expectations of the Michigan community, let alone their need for instant gratification. Michigan fans want Wins and they want them NOW! Hoke won’t have time to figure out how to work the offense and defense.  While the community will give him more of a benefit of the doubt being as he has been on the coaching staff before, they will still not tolerate not participating in  post-season game. Hoke has his work cut out for him, but in my opinion he is more than capable of building a great Michigan team. The only question is will the Michigan community continue to support him when and if his initial seasons ends in November.