Did you catch the press conference with new University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke? Here's a taste:
Yes, he's a Michigan man. But does he remind you of someone else?
Ok, ok... maybe a low shot at the new guy. But he does have a little Matt Foley thing going on...
The reality here is that Michigan did exactly the opposite of what they did when they hired Rich Rodriguez: they hired a guy that comes with more Michigan pedigree than flashy success at a big school on the east coast.
It's up to the Wolverines fans now to support Hoke as their coach, something that Rodriguez never received. If the first couple years are as rough for Hoke and the itch returns to the pink slip trigger in the Athletic Dept. in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines could be headed down the same ugly path that Notre Dame was under Bob Davie and Ty Willingham.
The NCAA does not issue the so-called "death sentence" on programs any more, but schools that refuse to let a coach fully saturate the program with their personal system can commit suicide. The Fighting Irish are desperately trying to claw their way back to the pack. Now Michigan is fighting to stop their slide.