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Thursday, December 01, 2011

HAIL: Brady Hoke named Big Ten Coach of the Year

Some said he was the back-up choice.  Some claimed Michigan settled when it "couldn't" land Les Miles or Jim Harbaugh.  Still others derisively pointed to his ties to former coach Lloyd Carr.

Today, those folks are hard to find.  

He's B1G Coach of the Year, fer God's sake!
After leading Michigan to a 10-2 record -- including a perfect 8-0 at the Big House with wins over ND, Nebraska and Ohio -- Brady Hoke was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the media and the other coaches in the conference.  It was the 6th time a first-year coach had been awarded the media honor which began in 1972 and is named after some guy you probably never heard of.  This marks the inaugural presentation of the coaches' award which is called the Hayes-Schembechler and is named after...I'm kidding.  If you need an explanation for that, please ask your mom how to get back to the Justin Bieber fan site.

As pointed out here and so many other places, Hoke took over a team that had only won six B1G games the previous three seasons and matched that total in his first.  He inherited a defense that was both a punching bag and a punchline.  It was "ranked 110th in total defense in 2010, 16th this season. It was 108th in scoring defense in 2010, No. 9 this year."  And contrary to some fears, the offense didn't suffer -- it was 25th in scoring last year, 23rd this year with a game to go.

In short, Hoke did a helluva job.  Best of all, he did it with class and dignity.

And he's starting to run out of room in his trophy case as this is Hoke's third Coach of the Year honor in four seasons.  Previously, Hoke won the MAC's Coach of the Year award while at Ball State, then he won the same honor for the Mountain West when he was the head man at SDSU. 

Well done, Coach!

Coincidentally, on the same day Hoke was honored, former Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English was named Coach of the Year in the MAC for his work in turning around the Eastern Michigan Hurons Eagles.

Gee, I guess Lloyd Carr's coaching tree isn't too shabby after all.

Finally, this feels like the perfect time to repost the MZone editorial below that first went up on January 13th of this year.

Will some UM fans one day wish they hadn't "shouted at the airport?"

I've been disappointed by the harsh criticism of the Hoke hire in some Michigan quarters.  Obviously one doesn't have to do cartwheels if they disagree - that's what being a sports fan is all about.  But some of the shrill negativity from Day 1 is sad (and no, Rich Rod didn't face such a "the sky is falling!" response immediately following the announcement of his hiring and his first press conference.  But more about that in a post next week).

Judging by some reactions, one would think Dave Brandon hired me (I got a call, but no face-to-face).  Hell, Fox News wasn't this harsh on Obama until at least six days after his inauguration.

But history always has the last laugh.  

When Gene Chizik was hired at Auburn in December 2008, the first video shows the "welcome" he got from one Tiger fan.  This, uh...passionate fan...showed up at the airport to heckle AD Jay Jacobs as he arrived back upon the Plains with his new coach.  The fan was less than thrilled by the selection of Chizik, a former Auburn assistant - an "Auburn Man" if you will - who just went 5-19 at Iowa State.

Actually, there's no need for me to point out Chizik's record as you'll soon understand why:

But, in the wake of Auburn's national title, the maker of the new video below theorizes that that airport "Greeter" might do things a little differently if he had a mulligan:

I hope those Michigan fans who are "shouting at the airport" today regarding Hoke's hire also wish they had a do-over in the near future.

(Video HT: EDSBS)

ED. NOTE:  As Benny noted (yes, that Benny), did you hear what the guy in the top vid shouted out around the :58 second mark?


VictoryForMSU said...

Congrats to Coach Hoke. With the addition of Urban Meyer and Michigan getting back into form, hopefully the B1G can start regaining the ground it has lost to the SEC. I'm going to cry if it is LSU-BAMA in the NC.

Dennis said...

Congratulations. Very well deserved. He may end up being your Tressel, hopefully without the NCAA issues. Just so long as Meyer isn't our RichRod. :)

GoBlueBob said...

Congrats to Brady and the team. Just shows how much difference actual coaching makes since they improved so much with basically the same players as last year. I predict he will be around for a long time and do very well. I disagree with Dennis about Hoke being our "Tressl", primarily because there will be no NCAA issues and Hoke would not look good in a sweatervest. I do agree that Urban Liar will be their "previous coach whose name will not to ever be said by me again"; not because of his overall record but because he has too much baggage and tsio fans will not be happy when he does not beat Michigan consistently.

Bigasshammm said...

Urban has the best scenario though. When he fails he can blame Tressel all the way because there will be sanctions and for how long we don't know yet. Urban will blame the sanctions for not allowing his team to take off and excel. No matter what it's not going to be his fault in his eyes.

Lol at the rumors Tressel was interviewed for the Akron job. That would have been great in 2013 when Akron plays Michigan. A game in which my whole family will probably be attending.

Dennis said...


I really did mean it as a compliment. Like Tressel, Hoke clearly loves your University, understands its traditions and understands The Game. Also like Tressel, he was not a marquee name and not what many thought would be a good first choice.

And I said, I hope he does not have the failings of Tressel when it comes to the NCAA. In a few years if Devin Gardner or someone else is breaking the rules and someone tells him about it, he goes to compliance. I hate what happened because it puts a stain on what had been a great decade of football.

bigGexpress said...

It's all Lloyd's fault!!!!!!!!

Ramona said...

When RR was in charge I supported him and the team no matter what. After all, can I do his job, NO, just by virtue of being selected for the head coach job I believed he deserved all 4 seasons he was promised to try and make it work. Having said that, it didn't work, he has moved on and we landed a fabulous new hire that everyone was excited about from day one, and it is beyond thrilling that his work is being recognized. I am consistent in my ethics, and it's not necessary to divide fans up into different camps when we all basically want the same result.