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January 11, 2011

College Football Report - Michigan Hires Brady Hoke as Head Coach:

The University of Michigan wanted a Michigan man. They’ve found that man. Brady Hoke, former head coach of San Diego State, has been hired as the new head man of the Michigan football program. The 19th head coach in the programs 131 year, illustrious history. The hiring of Hoke was introduced by Michigan Athletic Director Tim Brandon, today.

"We are pleased to announce the hiring of Brady," said Brandon. "He is a terrific coach and will be a great ambassador and leader for our football program. We look forward to having him build a championship program on the field and in the classroom."

Hoke is, in all sense, a Michigan man. A former coordinator on the Michigan sidelines, he spent eight seasons as a defensive line coach in Ann Arbor under former head coach Lloyd Carr. That in itself isn’t what makes Hoke a Michigan man, though. The fact that SDSU was just a stepping stone to what he had called a “dream job,” when talking about Michigan and that he wanted to come back to U-of-M, when others with past ties didn’t, more so does make him one.

Following his stint at Michigan, Hoke became the head coach at Ball State from 2003-2008, before joining the San Diego State program last season. In his last season with Ball State, Hoke took the Cardinals to a 12-1 record and GMAC Bowl appearance, as well as the school’s first ever AP ranking.

Named the 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year, Hoke brought in a 9-4 record and the Aztecs first bowl appearance in 12 years, where they beat Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl. Not bad for a team that was 2-10 the year before Hoke arrived. Six San Diego State players earned All-Mountain West honors this season, as well.

Optimism surrounds the Michigan program for the first time in a while now. His name may not ring familiar with Michigan fans, or come with the same high mark LSU’s Les Miles would have, but Hoke wants to be a part of Michigan, and Michigan fans are going to like what they see.

For one, Wolverine fans are going to see tough players. What former defensive line coach do you know that runs a leaky ship in the trenches? It would be considered an embarrassment to Hoke to be pushed around like the Wolverines have been in the Big Ten the last three years. Absolute embarrassment. Proof Hoke holds high regard for the offensive line is in the fact that San Diego State's offense gave up the fourth fewest sacks in all of college football this season, having only allowed nine all season.

Get ready for the pro-style offense again, Michigan fans. The same offense that produced the likes of Tom Brady, Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard, Tim Biakabutuka and Tyrone Wheatley. Hoke’s Aztec offense ranked No. 16 in the nation and featured a 3,800 yard passer, 1,500 yard rusher and two receivers with 1,000+ yards this season.

Get ready for recruiting, the Michigan way, once again. Hoke has ties to the state of Michigan, having served on the staffs of U-of-M, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan. A native of Dayton, Ohio and graduate of Ball State, Hoke has ties to the state of Ohio while running the Ball State program and serving on the Toledo coaching staff. He’s also got ties to California, having recruited the state while at Michigan and as the Aztecs head coach for the last two seasons. Michigan, Ohio and California, three can’t-miss recruiting stops of past of Michigan football teams.

Hoke has some work to do. Rich Rodriguez nearly ran the program into the ground – by Michigan standards, he did. The Wolverines have had two of their biggest verbal commitments look elseware in Dallas Crawford and Dee Hart, two Florida prospects.

Questions will arise about the future of quarterback Denard Robinson, and where the electric player will fit into the Wolverines new plan, as well. It’s too early to speculate, though. Hoke will step into his press conference, and formally be introduced as head coach Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. EST. Coverage can be seen on

For those of you still wondering what makes Hoke a Michigan man? It’s wanting to be a part of the University. Wanting to be a part of the Michigan history. Rich Rodriguez was paid to be a Michigan man. It didn't work. Miles has forgotten how to be one, and may never be back. Brady Hoke, however, is, the University of Michigan’s- man.

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