Michigan Wolverines expectations in 2012: starting with Alabama Crimson Tide game

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In his first season, Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke brought the big blue back from mediocrity into a BCS bowl. What can he do for an encore? It all starts with the Alabama Crimson Tide game in the season opener. Hoke answered a lot of questions at media day about the season ahead and the Bama game.

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Michigan’s Brady Hoke Wins National Coach of the Year

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When the college football season started, University of Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke made some very arrogant comments at Big Ten media day. He said “we’re not rebuilding,” and “we’re Michigan” a few times. He proved right, and us media types wrong as he was selected as the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year for the 2011 season.

Hoke wasn’t the Wolverines first choice, or even the second or third, but the “Michigan Man” was named the 19th head coach in University of Michigan football history on Jan. 11, 2011.

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LSU’s Les Miles or Michigan’s Brady Hoke for Coach of the Year?

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Today, the Football Writers Association of America announced five finalists for the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

In alphabetical order, the finalists are: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State), Brady Hoke (Michigan), Les Miles (LSU), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), and Dabo Swinney (Clemson).

I’m pretty sure it’s down to the Mad Hatter of the LSU Tigers and Michigan Man Hoke for the Wolverines. And here’s why:

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Next Ndamukong Suh: Michigan Wolverines Mike Martin? Possibly?

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Detroit Lions DL Ndamukong Suh was fined $20,000 by the NFL Wednesday for a hit on Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, Suh’s third fine of this sort in the past year. He was obviously upset, tweeting before practice: “$20,000REALLY???!!!!!!… #NFL #BIGFAIL”

The reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year grabbed the Bengals rookie ginger-haired quarterback after he released the ball, and threw him to the turf in the first quarter of Friday’s preseason game. Suh was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Infractions aside, Suh is a beast among beasts, and the search is on for NFL teams to find the next game-changing DL in his mold. How about Jared Crick, who’s tearing it up for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Suh’s alma mater? Well, Crick is a dominating player in his own right; but he’s not like Suh. We’ll explore this more in a future post.

But we may have found another Suh.

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#26 Michigan Wolverines: College Football 77 in 77

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The Michigan Wolverines has been playing this game for 131 seasons. Yep that’s a lot of college football; much more than pretty much every program. But this year there’s a lot more change in Ann Arbor than usual. A new coach in Brady Hoke, another expansion to Michigan Stadium, making the big house even bigger. And the very first night game in the stadium’s history versus Notre Dame.

Hoke caught some attention at his very first Big Ten media day, for making a couple statements which sounded a bit condescending and off-putting.

“This might sound arrogant, and if it is, it is. We’re Michigan,” Hoke said.

“We have a global education. We’re the winningest program in the history of college football. We have a tremendous staff of guys. The lifeblood for all of us, no doubt, is the guys you bring in your program. We’ve really tried to focus on the guys that fit the mold of Michigan with the integrity and character that we want to have.”

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Michigan’s Denard Robinson Adjusts to New System this Fall

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If you’re looking for the very definition of dual threat quarterback, look no further than Denard Robinson; the man who will be calling signals at the line of scrimmage for the Michigan Wolverines this fall. Even in his two QB role models- you’ll see one traditional classic drop back passer (Peyton Manning) and one electrifying runner (Michael Vick). It’s this duality that makes him a Hesiman trophy candidate.

But as exciting a player he is to watch, he’s just as uninteresting an interview subject. He’s fun to watch, but just never really ever has anything to say to the media. His answers are usually short and spartan.

But he’ll still provide lots of good copy this fall as the Michigan offense adjusts to a new coordinator, new head coach and new system.
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Highlights of Brady Hoke’s 1st Michigan Recruiting Class

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Out with Rich Rodriguez and in with Brady Hoke. During every coaching change in college football, the incoming coach is going to have to deal with losing recruits. Hoke was no different.

In early January, four-star cornerback Dallas Crawford de-committed from the Michigan Wolverines over the firing and later signed with Miami.

Perhaps filling the gap Crawford left, Hoke’s top two players happened to be cornerbacks.

Blake Countess (No. 14) and Delonte Hollowell (No. 15) will look to help a defensive backfield that was suspect last season.

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Brady Hoke Named New Michigan Wolverines Head Coach

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University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan Wolverines football today. Hoke arrives in Ann Arbor after spending the past eight seasons as a head coach at Ball State (2003-08) and San Diego State (2009-10).

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