Hoke revealed some of that competitive fire at the news conference Wednesday in Ann Arbor introducing him as the 19th head football coach at the University of Michigan. It especially shone through when it was pointed out that many national pundits no longer regard the Michigan job as “elite.”
“This is an elite job,” snapped Hoke, who was given a six-year contract to succeed the fired Rich Rodriguez. “This is Michigan, for God’s sake. People can say what they want, but it baffles me how people can make a comment like that. They’re wrong. This is Michigan!”
There was emotion, too, when Hoke, a Michigan defensive assistant from 1995-2002, talked about the many lives he has touched during a coaching career that began shortly after his graduation from Ball State in the early 1980s.
And when the subject of Michigan’s rivalry with Ohio State arose, Hoke pounded the lectern for effect while saying, “I think that rivalry is special, like none other in football. Being in that battle for eight years and growing up in (Ohio), you knew Bo and Woody and the great fights they had.
“It’s the most important game on that schedule. It’s almost personal.”
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