By: Tom Millikan
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke joined Stoney & Bill for his weekly chat this morning. Stoney credited Hoke for their plan using Denard Robinson at running back against Iowa. However, why not save that surprise for Ohio State?
“You’re better to try it and formulate some ideas and plans,” Hoke said. “There was no way Denard wasn’t going to play in that football game once he was medically cleared.”
The Wolverines can win the Big Ten’s Legend’s Division if Nebraska loses at Iowa on Friday and Michigan wins at Ohio State on Saturday. Hoke was asked if it would be deflating to his team if Nebraska wins.
“This game needs no extra motivation,” he said “Yes we want to win the championship. But this is Ohio; The last game of November that we focus on.”
What is Hoke’s favorite part of the Michigan – Ohio State rivalry?
“The iconic coaches. My Dad played for Woody Hayes. The 10-year war. The level of play that was on the field. The hitting.”
Before the famous 10-year war began, Woody Hayes infamously went for a two-point conversion leading Michigan 50-14. When asked about the controversial call Hayes responded “because I couldn’t go for three.”
Rumors are swirling in the Ohio State athletic office that Urban Meyer might honor Hayes by going for two on Saturday if the game is out of hand. Stoney asked if that would piss off Hoke.
“Yeah it would piss me off a lot,” Hoke said. “It won’t get to that point.”