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Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:50 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

New Michigan head coach Brady Hoke enters the 2011 season with expectations to pick up the pieces and rebuild the Wolverines.  It is not a new position for Hoke, who faced a similar task at Ball State and San Diego State.  Hoke was able to do that at both of his previous head coaching stops, but it does not take an expertise in college football to know there will be new levels of pressure in Ann Arbor. 

But even the pressure from the Michigan fan base does not equate to the pressure that Hoke has already put on himself.  In a recent Q and A with the Detroit News, Hoke explicitly detailed his expectations for the Wolverines in the 2011 season.

Q. You have 18 starters back next year, including the Big Ten offensive player of the year. I'm thinking an 8-4 record, minimum. What do you think?

A. If we don't win the championship, we failed, period.

Q. Have you looked at your roster closely and assessed how good you could or couldn't be?

A. No. If we don't win the championship, we failed.

Q. So I suppose it's possible then?

A. I wouldn't be here if it wasn't.
Michigan will have to adapt to yet another new system heading into 2011, this time with almost an entire roster of Rich Rodriguez recruits.  Hoke has promised to enstill a focus on defense (all the way to the ball boys, so he says), but how quickly can he change the worst defense in the conference?  Michigan gave up an average of 450.8 yards per game in 2010; worst in the Big Ten and 110th of 120 FBS schools.  I respect Hoke's optimism in his new position, but basing success/failure in 2011 on a Big Ten Championship may be a bit unrealistic.

If Hoke does believe you need to win the championship in order to succeed, I can write the Wolverines 2011 headline now:

"Michigan fails, period."


Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:17 am

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

seismic50, come on bro, really? Are you telling me you don't hate Michigan? I rooted for the Buckeyes in their bowl game. I wanted all the Big Ten teams to win. I doubt you were wanting Michigan to win. smchap, though generally respectful in his post, still calls UM "scUM" throughout his post. Would he do that if he wasn't a "hater"? I know a bunch of OSU fans and they all hate Michigan with a passion!! 

Calling me a "punk" is a pretty insipid use of that word, considering we have never met. I'll make you a deal. I will refrain from using the word "hater" if you stop using the word "punk" and  smchap refrains from calling U of M "scUM".

On a lighter note, I hope that Brady Hoke can return Michigan  back to playing football at the level we are all used to. Playing OSU tough, win or lose, will renew the rivalry and make "the game" more fun to watch. These blowouts by OSU every season remind me of the Cooper years. Michigan beat up on the Buckeyes for a decade, and OSU has been beating up on U of M for a decade. I personally would like to see competitive, back and forth games with victories going both ways. I live by Toledo, Ohio, so we have border wars going on around here and it just makes the game more fun when both teams are competitive.

seismic50, I hope you can appreciate the value of respecting U of M and it's fans as much as I and many U of M fans respect and appreciate OSU and it's fans. This will make the rivalry better.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:01 pm

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed


Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:06 pm

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

I have to agree with a couple of these posters on here.  If Hoke does not say or let alone believe that his team can win a championship he has no business being a head coach anywhere and especially at scUM where they have a history of winning Big Ten Titles none recently but with the history it's easier to recruit better players capable of winning a championship.  Right now he has his work cut out for him in regards to Ohio State.  The Buckeyes are the team to beat in the Big Ten and I am sure Tressel is using every interview with Hoke as bulletin board material needed to fire up the Buckeyes to leave everything on the field when it's time to play scUM and not only win the games but to physically beat up on scUM.  With the recent run of success the Buckeyes have become complacent with the rivalry and it has been proven with the players selling their "gold pants" which shows a lack of respect for the rivalry.  It's time for the Buckeyes to take notice of scUM and cherish those gold pants because scUM has been silent but only a fool would assume they would not be back. 

I am glad Hoke it at scUM.  He is very qualified winning at both Ball State and San Diego State.  His Aztecs nearly knocked off #2 ranked and undefeated TCU in Forth Worth.  The guy can coach winners.

Since: May 18, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:14 pm

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

But he will be able to run his ass over!

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 1:26 pm

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

If he spends half the time on his playbook as he does with a fork in hand, he could be a successful coach.  He'll never be as good as the sweater vest though.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:30 am

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

I'm not really sure what all the up-roar is about, im sure every HC out there has the goal of winning their conference, some shoot higher from time to time. If he had said "yeah 8 wins sounds about right" I'd be worried. He has a great attitude and a passion for the university which is a great place to start. No one knows how he'll end up but I like the foundation he is setting.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:16 am

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

Brady Hoke is cool. I love his enthusiasm and determination. That wont win big ten titles, but I have always felt that teams take on the personality of their coach, and it appears failure is not in his dna. My personal expectations for the 2011 season dont include a big ten title, but I love the swagger. ps...please fix the defense coach. Go Blue!

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:03 am

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

Get ready for failure, Brady. Period.

Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:40 am

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

once again i repeat what i said earlier any of these hate michigan fans are so jealous of what brady hoke has already accomplished with the michigan football team... they know  brady hoke is determined to bring back michigan to fame and glory! this guy is great no other way to look at it.... jim rtressel  said michigan would be back have no doubt about it!........GO BLUE

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:30 am

Hoke: If we don't win the Big Ten, we failed

You know your reading a post from a punk when anybody who disagrees with a poster, article or assertion is labeled as a "hater". I wish people would drop that insipid term.

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