After unsuccessful attempts to attract big names as the next head coach of Michigan football, AD Dave Brandon settled on San Diego State’s Brady Hoke as the next leader of the Wolverines. It’s a less-than-sexy hire as Hoke comes into Michigan with what our own Maize N’ Brew calls a “mediocre” resume. So what does the hire mean for Wolverine fans? The wait to return to greatness continues:
Five of [Hoke’s] eight seasons as a head coach finished under .500. This team has just hitched it’s wagon to a guy who may or may not be fit to hold the reins. Unfortunately there isn’t anything to do now but wait and see.
And that is what this is really about: the waiting. You could say that Michigan fans have been waiting patiently (impatiently?) for three years, but that would be a lie. In all reality we have been waiting since January 1st, 1998, the last day that the program reached the heights at which we could finally step back, pat ourselves on the back, and know without a shadow of a doubt that there wasn’t anything better at that moment than being a Michigan Wolverine. Since then it’s been heartbreaking non-conference losses, in conference upsets, and a whole bunch of nine and ten win seasons. None of it was ever enough.
After three years of waiting for Rich Rodriguez to return Michigan to prominence, the cycle starts anew for Michigan. Although this time it comes with decidedly less optimism.