By: Jeff Riger
I have to give it to the last two Michigan football coaches…
Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke not only have helped turn one of the most storied programs in college football into a laughing stock, but they also both know how to get people talking about what they say.
I make no secret of the fact I’m a card carrying member of the WMWAA. (The Wal-Mart Wolverines Association of America) Yes, that’s right, I didn’t go to Michigan but I have followed their athletics since I was young. I believe those credentials alone allow me to write this blog about how very sad and humorous I now find the state of the program.
I no longer even want Michigan to win; instead I want them to lose in embarrassing fashion in hopes that another laughable season will mean the exit of Hoke.
I remember going to press conferences on Mondays at Michigan. Rich Rod would sit at a square table and always made it worth my while to attend. Week after week, he gave us embarrassing audio gold while delivering embarrassing losses on the field. It was the perfect combination for… well… Michigan State fans.
Then Rodriguez got canned and MSU people were made even happier with the hiring of Hoke.
I was certain, even after the 11-2 season that Hoke would fail at Michigan. However I was concerned that he would not deliver the same audio beauty while doing so. But no need to worry! Rodriguez set the bar high but Hoke not only surpassed it, he demolished it.
-He called Ohio State “Ohio” for no apparent reason and then continues to do it.
-He uses “We are Michigan” for the answer to pretty much every question, even when it makes no sense at all. It usually doesn’t.
-He hired a new offensive coordinator and then didn’t have time to speak about it at the presser because he had to drive the new guy to Metro Airport. No worries though, the A.D. did talk.
-He allowed Brendan Gibbons to play in the Iowa game.
-He awfully belted out the lyrics to “You Raise Me Up” at a football banquet that even embarrassed Josh Groban.
Oh wait, that last one was Rich Rod. Damn, I miss him!
But I have to stop living in the past. It’s a new season. Who cares what was already said? Hoke no doubt will give us new gems.
And we didn’t have to wait long either.
Sunday at Michigan media day Hoke was asked about his team’s identity. The ‘hater of all headsets’ said he preferred that identity to be toughness on both sides of the ball.
That’s cute! Isn’t it?
He probably was picturing a big block S manhandling his team the last half decade when responding to that question.
Michigan football has been a whole lot of things the past six seasons or so but “tough” is definitely not one of them.
Of course the media was also aware of that so they followed up.
“I wish I had the answer,” Hoke said as to why that toughness has eluded his teams.