Brady Hoke Hired By Michigan: A Look at the Winners and Losers
Michigan appeared close to naming Les Miles the school's 19th head coach in its storied history. Monday night, reports were floating around that if he was offered the job, he would accept it. Then the news broke Tuesday that Miles was choosing to stay at LSU.
This was obviously an announcement Michigan was prepared for, because moments later, they announced that former San Diego State Coach Brady Hoke would be the new head honcho at Big Blue.
It's been a whirlwind process for Michigan, but the dust has now settled. Let's take a look at the winners and losers.
Winner: Brady Hoke
Hoke is an obvious winner. Nine seasons ago, Hoke turned his experience as Michigan's defensive line coach into a head coaching job at Ball State. He then parlayed that success into his San Diego State job.
Now Hoke has his dream job at the winningest program in college football. Terms of his contract have not been released, but you have to imagine he received a significant pay raise to boot.
Loser: Denard Robinson
Denard Robinson rocked the college football world early in the 2010 season. He was thriving in Rich Rodriquez's spread offense.
Hoke's teams have featured a more traditional passing approach. Hoke's SDSU QB Ryan Lindley ended the season with minus-29 rushing yards. Robinson ended with 1,702. It is hard to see Robinson enjoying the same level of success under Hoke.
Winner: San Diego State
Sure, SDSU lost their coach, but that was going to happen. Hoke had turned the program around, and he was ready for a promotion in the college ranks.
Hoke leaves the program in good shape, and the fact that SDSU provided him the platform to land one of the biggest coaching jobs in college football will be a big bonus as SDSU hires their future coaches.
Loser: Michigan's Pride
Michigan has their coach, but it was not the big name that program thought it would be able to attract. Fans, students and alums pride themselves on Michigan being one of the biggest and best programs in the country.
The fact that Michigan settled for this coach that will arrive with little fanfare means all of the supporters are going to have to swallow some of that pride.
Winner: Roy Roundtree
With 72 catches and 935 yards, Roundtree had a very productive sophomore season—especially considering he was playing in the non-receiver friendly spread offense.
Hoke's top two leading WRs at SDSU last year combined for 2,572 yards. Roundtree is going to have more opportunities to flash his big-play ability.
Loser: Michigan's Fans
The Michigan fan base has watched their program tumble and lose its identity in the process. While this move may work out great, in the present, it will be hard for the fans not to feel a giant letdown after expecting Jim Harbaugh and then Les Miles to be named the coach.
Winner: Michigan State University
Michigan State is coming off of a solid 2010 season. They pounded Michigan in their head-to-head matchup, and they are now poised to take a stranglehold on recruiting in their state.
Hoke has been out of the Michigan recruiting game for a decade. MSU has all the in-state momentum, and this will do nothing to slow that down.
Loser: Rich Rodriguez
Newflash: Rodriguez is still fired. The University didn't let him go because they knew they had their man ready to sign on the dotted line they let him go, because he was sucking.
He tried to change the identity of Michigan football and failed, and in the process he left the cupboard barren enough that Les Miles, who had said Michigan was his dream job, turned it down. The long road back for Rodriguez just got a little longer.
Winners: The Ghost of Bo Schembechler
Bo Schembechler had to be rolling over in his grave during the last three years of Michigan football. This is a hire that will bring back Michigan to its roots.
Hoke is a Lloyd Carr disciple, and Carr was a Schembechler disciple. Hoke brings a defense first mentality and a pro-style offense. He will recruit the hogs to fill the trenches.
I imagine that is just the way Bo would want it.
Loser: Dave Brandon
It is never good to swing and miss, and that is exactly what Dave Brandon, Michigan's AD, just did. He offered contracts to Jim Harbaugh and then Les Miles, and they both turned him down.
An AD is going to be judged by and connected to the coaches he/she hires. By missing on his first two choices, Hoke's leash just got a little shorter. He is now hoping Hoke finds early success, or he will not be around to make the next hire.