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Hoke haunted by 1998 letdown

Losing first two games the season after the '97 title shaped coaching style

Updated: March 27, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In trying to understand why Brady Hoke coaches the way he does, where all that energy and consistency comes from with every player he coaches, it is important not to look at where he succeeded but rather where Hoke believes he failed.

As a head coach at Ball State, it took longer for Hoke to rebuild the Cardinals than it did at his subsequent jobs at San Diego State and then Michigan. Hoke learned a lot from his first head coaching job, as does every first-time head ...

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