Hoke Named Michigan Football Coach

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.

My Father, My Team & Today

My Team, My Father and Michigan Football

By: Chris_TX (UMGoBlue.com Forums)

What a day. If any of you are like me, you are in a state of shock. What exactly happened to UM football today?

I am 27 years old. My father played for the University of Texas in the mid 60’s and wanted so much to raise me to be a Longhorn fan. I was 6 years old when I fell in love with Michigan Football, at least that is what my father tells me. I don’t have cognizant memory of that time. I guess I remember New Years, 1990. At that age I thought it was so cool to think we were entering a new decade. Having said this, I say I fell in love with Michigan Football at this time because that is what my father tells me.

In his eyes, I guess falling in love is sitting 2 feet in front of the 32 inch television screen for several hours at a time, entranced by a helmet, a beautiful song, an emotion that can be experienced but not described. I grew up around football, son of a successful coach who showed his son how to appreciate the game from a young age. I loved football from an early age, but I never loved a team until I was introduced to "THE TEAM." My father, as disappointed as he was, did nothing but support that love.

It might not mean much to an outsider, someone that hasn’t felt what I feel, what we all feel about Michigan Football, but I have an enormous amount of respect for my father because of that. If I have a son some day, I hope I can respect his love in the same way. When Nike first started selling replica Michigan jerseys, it was my father who convinced my mother to buy the Tyrone Wheatley replica for my birthday. In 97, we watched the Heisman presentation together, me on the edge of my seat in excitement and him with his lips sealed shut because he thought Peyton was the deserved recipient. And in January, 2005 he just gave me a hug and told me, "more important than victory or defeat is enjoying the moment together."

Two years ago my father retired from coaching, and quickly learned how much football he was actually missing. Not watching film for several hours every day certainly clears up some free time. Although he lives in Dallas and I live 3 hours away in Austin, I found myself making the trip on as many autumn weekends as possible. He definitely went the man cave route. A TV much larger than 32 inches in a room far too small for something that size made for great Saturday mornings. He even made room for the second recliner. Unfortunately, I am only able to spend a few weekends every season with him.

I guess this is where my story takes a turn and becomes relevant. Somehow and in some way, my father became a Michigan fan. It started with a text message on a random Saturday last fall.

Something along the lines of, "That is a terrible call." 

"When did you learn to text? Yes, that was a terrible call. These refs are killing me."

"Yep, but that’s bound to happen occasionally. Forcier is looking good/bad/erratic right now. Why is this woman doing play by play?" 

Next thing I know I’m getting text’s from my 60 year old father all throughout every Michigan game. Most of it is what he would or wouldn’t do. He think GRob is an idiot but has tons of sympathy for Rich and what he’s been through.

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Long Cold Winter

The following is by UMGoBlue.com Forum Member GoBlue75

Dear Fellow Michigan Fans,

Like most of you, I bleed Maize and Blue so it is excruciatingly painful to watch the current state of UM football (and basketball, but that’s another thread) after enjoying nearly 40 years of enviable success. However it must Schembechler Hallbe realized that this current situation is the result of years of poor decision-making around Schembechler Hall and cannot be remedied overnight – it will take years to undo the damage and return Michigan football to past levels of success. A combination of arrogance and over-confidence in the traditional Michigan brand of football gradually eroded the solid foundation that Bo produced in the 1970’s and ’80’s – and now we are seeing the harsh result of these sins.

For too long, Michigan assumed the best talent would flock to Ann Arbor solely because of the traditions of the Big House while ignoring the fact that other teams were playing a more exciting brand of ball and youngsters were being exposed to more teams via tv, while Michigan was losing to USC and other passing teams with alarming regularity, and suddenly its the 21st Century and Lloyd Carr doesn’t seem like the coolest guy on earth to go play football for … especially with all these fast exciting offensive teams around on the West Coast and elsewhere. Suddenly, playing in the Big House, in the cold, for Lloyd, does not look like the best option to most kids – this is when Michigan football began to decline, way before Rich Rod got here. We are just now seeing the result of what began 8-9 years ago… before most Michigan fans were even aware there was a problem brewing.

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