Big Ten lunch links


I've broken the links up into two categories following the big news at Michigan.



  • Colleague Mark Schlabach: "Hoke won't bring a fancy spread offense or marquee last name to Michigan, but he might bring what Rodriguez lacked: a winning formula. And while Hoke doesn't have Miles' résumé or bowl victories, he seems to have a better command of the play clock."

  • The Detroit Free Press' Michael Rosenberg: "In December of 1968, a lot of people mocked this Bob Shlemblekawhat fellow, and when Carr got the full-time job in November of 1995, most fans were unhappy. And those hires worked out pretty well, as I recall. The more you watch Hoke do his job, the more you will like him. In fact, the more you look at him right now, the more you will like him."

  • The Detroit News' Bob Wojnowski: "Brandon is putting the short-term image of his athletic-directorship on the line here. After the Rodriguez experiment, the hope is, Hoke presents a solid and safe return to Michigan ways, and can mend the fractured program. It won't be easy, and the only true fraction-fixing formula is to win."

  • SI.com's Stewart Mandel: "This is hardly the first time a major football program had to settle for its third- (or possibly fourth- or fifth-) choice, and history shows it often works out just fine. Former USC AD Mike Garrett never originally planned to even contact Pete Carroll. Former Ohio State AD Andy Geiger interviewed a whole slew of more high-profile candidates before settling on a little-known I-AA coach named Jim Tressel. Meanwhile, the early backlash I've seen from Michigan fans on Twitter and message boards over hiring a career 47-50 coach reminds me of a similar situation two years ago, when a certain SEC school's fan base couldn't fathom the hiring of a guy with a 5-19 record at Iowa State. On Monday, Gene Chizik led Auburn to a national championship."

  • The Sporting News' Dave Curtis: "Hoke’s hire should be hit among fans because he represents them in the ways his unsuccessful predecessor, the dismissed Rich Rodriguez, did not. Hoke has Midwestern roots. He has worked at Michigan and understands the “intangibles” UM fans and boosters believe make their school’s job unique."

  • Mgoblog's Brian Cook: "This is not Brady Hoke's fault." Repeat 1000x. This is not Brady Hoke's fault. He seems like a nice enough dude. It seems unlikely he actively participated in the submarining of Rich Rodriguez. Unlike everyone else ever associated with the Michigan program with even the most thinly plausible of resumes, he actually wants to be the head coach here. So that's nice. This is a stupid hire. It will always be as stupid hire and David Brandon just led the worst coaching search in the history of Michigan football. He managed to chase off half of an already iffy recruiting class, hired a Plan C coach on January 11th, probably ensured the transfer of the reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and restricted his "national search" to people who'd spent at least five years in Ann Arbor. Michigan just gave themselves a year of USC-level scholarship reduction voluntarily."

  • One non-Hoke Michigan link but a very worthwhile read by Eric Adelson on Michigan associate AD Greg Harden and his influence on the school's football players.