Michigan has reached just one Rose Bowl since 2005, an unfamiliar slump that, no doubt, hasn't gone unnoticed by Wolverines faithful.
The primary reason was the square-peg/round-hole hiring of Rich Rodriguez that saw a program once built around tough, but talented players like Jumbo Elliott, Ty Law, Dan Dierdorf, Tom Brady, LaMarr Woodley, Charles Woodson and Steve Hutchinson attempt to become an outfit based on speed and finesse.
Rodriguez lasted three years, going 15-22, which led to his firing and the hiring of a "Michigan Man," Brady Hoke on Jan. 11, 2011.
An assistant in Ann Arbor from 1995-2002, Hoke made no secret that his goal was to bring the Wolverines back to glory.
Hoke's first full recruiting class proved to be a great second step (2011's 11-2 record was the first).
Here is how the Wolverines' 25-player haul graded out.