2010-11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL THREAD Jan 6, 2011 10:15:26 GMT -5
Post by HoyaFanNY on Jan 6, 2011 10:15:26 GMT -5
Michigan was 3-9 in Rich Rodriguez's first year following a 9-4 season under Lloyd Carr.
SDSU's W/L record for the past 5 seasons
2006: 3-9 (Chuck Long)
2007: 4-8 (Long)
2008: 2-10 (Long)
2009: 4-8 (Hoke)
2010: 9-4 (Hoke) losses @mizzou, @byu, @tcu, Utah
As usual, W/L records don't tell the full story. As a casual follower of TCU/Mountain West football, I have seen a handful of San Diego State games over the past few years. Hoke inherited a joke of a program. And those four losses this season? They came at Mizzou by 3 points, at BYU by 3, at TCU by 5, and versus Utah by 4.
I'm not saying Hoke should be the next coach at UM (far from it), but it's interesting that the mere mention of his name provokes shrieks from the Michigan faithful. What's that you were saying a few pages back about hubris and coaching hires?
Personally, I hope the Wolverines hire someone great. CFB is much more fun when Michigan, Notre Dame, and the rest of the classic football schools (no hifi, Florida isn't included) have strong programs.
I also have a passing interest in the MWC. I see your point that Hoke had some narrow losses, but at the same time SDSU beat exactly one team with a winning record in the regular season. Other than that game (AF), the best team they beat in conference ended up with 3 wins on the year. Out of conference, their best win was over 4-win Utah State. They beat Navy convincingly in their bowl game as well, for what it's worth. However, given Navy's schedule, I personally don't think he should get the Michigan job because of it.
I guess at the end of the day it comes down to what the SD columnist wrote in the article posted yesterday: "As much as I like Hoke, and I like him plenty, he really hasn’t done a hell of a lot." Maybe it would work out, but I would think Michigan can and must do better personally.
In sum, I think one of the Michigan blogs said it best: if Hoke had been an assistant at Michigan State instead of Michigan, his name would never have come up in this process.
that quote was from a person that hates the idea of hoke as head coach. if tressel wasn't an assistant for osu and then coached a successful subdivision school not named youngstown st then he would have never been head coach at osu. it's the same thing. hoke is a very legit candidate, regardless of where he coached.