Michigan Football Spring Game: Expect Differences Between Hoke and Rodriguez

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Michigan Football Spring Game: Expect Differences Between Hoke and Rodriguez
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Rich Rodriguez and Steven Threet

The last time Michigan ushered in a new coach, the spring game was played before slightly less than 5,000 fans at Saline High School.

The featured quarterbacks were Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan.

Rich Rodriguez had recently left West Virginia to be Michigan’s newest football coach. His departure from Morgantown, however, was subject to extreme ridicule, to say the least.

Saturday’s spring game will be played before more than 50,000 fans at the Big House

The featured quarterbacks are Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner.

Likewise, Brady Hoke has recently left San Diego State to be Michigan’s new coach. Except that he’s had nothing but support from his former team.

There are huge differences between the two coaches. Rodriguez was the offensive innovator who favors finesse.  Hoke is the conservative tactician who prefers smash-mouth football.

Let’s take a quick look at the two coaching philosophies and see if we can clear up a few misconceptions. But let's keep one thing in mind: Hoke has yet to win a game. 

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