What a difference three years make.
Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke took over the Michigan program in similar yet totally different ways.
Rodriguez came to Michigan from the Big East as the third or fourth choice in a search that was botched from the beginning. True, it had been nearly forty years since Michigan was forced to hire a football coach.
And when ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit erroneously announced that Les Miles accepted the job, things went downhill.
Rodriguez arrived in Ann Arbor with a totally new offense. When key players Justin Boren and Ryan Mallett exited, Michigan supporters grew slightly disenchanted.
Hoke, on the other hand, arrived in Ann Arbor to a hero’s welcome, despite being the third choice for the job.
He’s a “Michigan Man,” learning the ropes as part of the Wolverine staff from 1995 to 2002. He knows the Michigan traditions, and what beating Ohio State is all about.
As he conducted post-game interviews, everyone could see that he is in charge.
Now that the coaching situation is secure, there are a few things we learned at the spring game. Let’s take a look.