Spartan Nation 2011 Big Ten Football Scouting Report:Â University of Michigan
Biggest Game:Â October 15 at Michigan State
Predicted record:Â 5-7 (2-6)
Projected Big Ten Standing:Â 5th in the Big Ten Legends DivisionÂ Â Â Â Â
Returning Starters:Â 16Â Â Â OFFENSE:Â 9Â Â Â DEFENSE:Â Â 7Â Â Â Â Â Lettermen return:Â 54Â Â Â Â
Head Coach:Â Brady Hoke 1st Season at MichiganÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lifetime:Â 47-50Â
Top Assistant:Â OC Al Borges
The one coach that I did not want to get the Michigan job was Brady Hoke.Â I wrote it, I said it on TV, and said it on the radio, when I said at this time last year that M Rod would not be back.Â I respect him greatly and have nothing but admiration for how he runs a program and the way he takes care of business.Â He is a class act.
Some will look at the record and think I donâ€™t have the respect that I just said, but those people are looking for something to complain about.Â Hoke doesnâ€™t have the compliment of players that he needs to do what he does.Â There is talent, but it is like having a transmission for a Tahoe when you drive an Impala.
Hoke has done a masterful job of doing what ONLY he could have.Â He has rallied the Wolverines back from the brink of a civil war.Â They were beat up and tattered, and more importantly, divided like the Hatfield and McCoys as a fan base.Â They are now united.Â Just like what MSU went through with JLS, they just endured with M Rod.
Hoke has a very good coaching staff, he can recruit, and frankly, he will have Michigan back to being Michigan in three years.Â That is fine.Â I have said I want MSU vs. UM in football to be like UNC vs. Duke in basketball and it is headed there.Â I have seen some Spartan fans starting to develop the arrogance that we all loathed about the â€œOLDâ€ UM and that isnâ€™t smart.Â They are a formidable foe, but the Spartan Nation has become one also.
Because of this staff and Hoke, I wouldnâ€™t be shocked at all if they overachieved and got to being bowl eligible, but they just lack the horses, in my opinion, to do that.Â I have said before that coaches can make a monster difference and it could happen, I just donâ€™t see it.Â Hoke is a good man who will run a tight ship.Â You donâ€™t have to like Michigan, but it is foolish not to respect honorable men and Hoke is one of those.
September 3 WMU Win
September 10 Notre Dame Loss
September 17 Eastern Michigan Win
September 24 San Diego State Win
October 1 Minnesota Win
October 8 @Northwestern Loss
October 15 @Michigan State Loss
October 29 Purdue Win
November 5 @Iowa Loss
November 12 @Illinois Loss
November 19 Nebraska Loss
November 26 Ohio State Loss