Brady Hoke Hired By Michigan: A Look at the Winners and Losers

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IJanuary 11, 2011

Brady Hoke Hired By Michigan: A Look at the Winners and Losers

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    MUNCIE, IN - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Ball State Cardinals watches the Mid-American Conference (MAC) game against the Western Michigan Broncos at Scheumann Stadium November 25, 2008 in Muncie, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    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

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    21 Oct 2000: Defensive Line Coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines cheers on the sidelines during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 16-0.Mandatory Credit
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    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

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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    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

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Vincent Brown #80 of the San Diego State Aztecs celebrates after his first touchdown of the game, on a ten yard reception in the first quarter against the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Di
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    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

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Running back Vick Ballard #28 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs has his helmet knocked off while being tackled by the Michigan Wolverines during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida
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    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

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 25: Roy Roundtree #12 of the Michigan Wolverines runs for a 32 yard gain after catching the pass from Denard Robinson during the first quarter of the game against Bowling Green on September 25, 2010 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arb
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    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

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Members of the Michigan Wolverines student section lift a fan to celebrate a score against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Michigan Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won 45-17.  (Photo by Stephen
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    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

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 30- Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans looks down field for a receiver during play against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium on October 30, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 37-6 over Michig
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    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

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Head Coach Rich Rodriguez of the University of Michigan Wolverines during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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    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

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    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

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 07:  Jim Harbaugh speaks at a press conference where he was introduced as the new San Francisco 49ers head coach at the Palace Hotel on January 7, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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.