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Didn't get to watch the game, but highlights and reviews show that ND dominated the "regular" part of the football game:

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/ ... ind-week-1

http://espn.go.com/ncf/recap?gameId=312460087

http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=312460087

250 yards for USF compared to over 500 for ND. But the 5 INT's did ND in. That is why I think keeping pressure on the QB could really give UM the same advantage. Look for Kelly to scale back the offence a bit and play a bit more conservative.

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This game has me worried because ND has an awesome coach and this is the second year into the system. Meanwhile, UM is back in the rebuild phase.

In Sat. game with WMU, game film will show how soft the defense continues to be, but when they went on the attack, they were very good.

Coach Holtz stated that the biggest improvement for any team happens between weeks 1 and 2. U of M can only hope that passion and performance at home will carry us through for another year, but this could be a bad one for us.

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September 6th, 2011, 10:51 am
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I think the jury is still out on Kelly as it is for Hoke, he should of rolled over USF. Kelly had some meltdowns Saturday that do not make him look that good.

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September 6th, 2011, 10:56 am
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I think the jury is still out on Kelly as it is for Hoke, he should of rolled over USF. Kelly had some meltdowns Saturday that do not make him look that good.

Kelly always gets angry at his players. He did the same thing last year when they were winning and nobody cared. Kelly has been a winner everywhere he has coached, and I don't expect that to suddenly change.

The reality is, Crist played like crap. After they brought in Rees, the team played much better. Rees threw 2 picks, 1 of which bounced off his receiver's hands. Basically, ND played about as dumb as possible, and like steensn pointed out, badly outgained USF. I don't expect them play as dumb 2 weeks in a row.

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September 6th, 2011, 1:22 pm
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Christ is out, Reese is in...

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grgrundge wrote:
I think the jury is still out on Kelly as it is for Hoke, he should of rolled over USF. Kelly had some meltdowns Saturday that do not make him look that good.

Kelly always gets angry at his players. He did the same thing last year when they were winning and nobody cared. Kelly has been a winner everywhere he has coached, and I don't expect that to suddenly change.

The reality is, Crist played like crap. After they brought in Rees, the team played much better. Rees threw 2 picks, 1 of which bounced off his receiver's hands. Basically, ND played about as dumb as possible, and like steensn pointed out, badly outgained USF. I don't expect them play as dumb 2 weeks in a row.


It is one thing to get angry at your players but it is another thing to call him a fricking idiot on national TV.

I agree he's a winner and I have followed his career since it started in my backyard. I believe one of his problems is that he doesn't quite have the right QB to run his system and he is still searching.

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I just think that Michigan will be too exposed due to our lack of depth, and the newness of our system to pull this off. Sadly, it will be a primetime night game on Saturday.

I am hoping that the meager numbers Shoelace put up was because he was under utilized, and that will definitely help us out. If we can sustain drives and keep the ND offense off the field we should do okay. I must say, last weeks defence impressed me with how quick they were are to correct their porrous nature. The 3-3-5 is garbage and should never be allowed in football again, along with last years dc.

I hope it's a tough game, but we'll see!

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grgrundge wrote:
Touchdown Jesus wrote:
grgrundge wrote:
I think the jury is still out on Kelly as it is for Hoke, he should of rolled over USF. Kelly had some meltdowns Saturday that do not make him look that good.

Kelly always gets angry at his players. He did the same thing last year when they were winning and nobody cared. Kelly has been a winner everywhere he has coached, and I don't expect that to suddenly change.

The reality is, Crist played like crap. After they brought in Rees, the team played much better. Rees threw 2 picks, 1 of which bounced off his receiver's hands. Basically, ND played about as dumb as possible, and like steensn pointed out, badly outgained USF. I don't expect them play as dumb 2 weeks in a row.


It is one thing to get angry at your players but it is another thing to call him a fricking idiot on national TV.

I agree he's a winner and I have followed his career since it started in my backyard. I believe one of his problems is that he doesn't quite have the right QB to run his system and he is still searching.

I have no issue with how he treats or reacts to his players. When they make a good play, he reacts accordingly. When they screw up, he let's them know it. No issues in my book.

I agree about the QB. This is only his 2nd season there, so he really doesn't have anyone who he recruited playing for him yet. Once he gets his guys, it should get better.

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September 6th, 2011, 2:29 pm
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The guy he reamed out caused 2 of the interceptions. Had he just dropped them it wouldn't have been as bad as the way he tipped them up for easy picks. They dominated between the 20's, but made mistakes when it counted most. Will be an interesting game Saturday.


September 6th, 2011, 9:23 pm
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I'm anticipating 6-7 wins this year. The defense does not look any better, and the offense probably will not be as explosive.


I disagree... The DL still gets dominated at times, but when they blitz and pressure the Qb they look damn good. Sure it will get exploited here and there, but it will also lead to some turnovers too... I'm liking the new squad.

IMO what sucks is that next year I think they'll be worse, as they weed out RRs weak recruiting classes and get bring in players that better fit Hokes needs.


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So do you see 1st year UofM and 2nd year ND as being an even match? I think ND might have a slight edge, because we never really got to see DR unleashed against WMU. The game got called early, and he was able to dice them pretty good, and move the chains so quickly. I think this will be a real test, but I'm hoping UofM pulls it out. I'm so tired of all the hype ND gets every year and their high rankings with a soft scedule. 6 games does not equate to a tough schedule, regardless of what the teams are doing now.

They went independent for the cash, and that's a shame, they should of stuck it out in the Big T1E2N to get some legitimacy to go with their hype.

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wjb21ndtown wrote:
Blueskies wrote:
I'm anticipating 6-7 wins this year. The defense does not look any better, and the offense probably will not be as explosive.


I disagree... The DL still gets dominated at times, but when they blitz and pressure the Qb they look damn good. Sure it will get exploited here and there, but it will also lead to some turnovers too... I'm liking the new squad.

IMO what sucks is that next year I think they'll be worse, as they weed out RRs weak recruiting classes and get bring in players that better fit Hokes needs.


Actually I think a lot of RR weak recruits have left the program and I believe they will be a better team next year even if they have to play all of those highly touted freshmen they'll have in the 2012 class.

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Friday night, the journey to replace Bo Schembechler, pass on the values taught by Lloyd Carr and reconnect the Wolverines to their proud history, carried Brady Hoke and Team 132 inside an empty Big House.


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It was close to 10 p.m. The lights atop and surrounding college football’s biggest stadium were beaming. The Wolverines had wrapped up a grueling, physical training camp earlier in the day. Hoke, Michigan’s somewhat-surprising, first-year football coach wanted the 100-plus players who comprise Michigan’s 132nd team to bond with their past.

He marched the Wolverines five minutes, from Schembechler Hall to the lone tunnel that leads directly into Michigan Stadium.

“There’s only one way in and one way out of the Big House,” Hoke told his players.

The massive video screens perched high above each end zone came to life, a 10-minute highlight video featuring the school’s three Heisman Trophy winners — Tom Harmon, Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson — and Anthony Carter, Tom Brady, Brian Griese, etc. greeted Team 132.

This moment, the visualization of greatness, the reminder of the tradition the players and coaches are charged to uphold, was something Hoke learned from Carr, his mentor, the man most responsible for burning a love of Michigan football inside Hoke’s heart.

They watched the video. Hoke said a few more words, and then he and his coaching staff left the players to linger and soak in what it will mean to don those winged helmets eight days later when Western Michigan is the opponent.



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“You do it for the seniors,” Hoke told me earlier. “You want them to think about what it feels like to play in their final home opener.”

For now, in the days before the Wolverines play an actual game, Friday night best exemplifies why Michigan athletic director and former Schembechler backup quarterback Dave Brandon targeted Hoke as the perfect candidate to heal the Wolverines from the wounds of the Rich Rodriguez era.

RichRod, through no fault of his own, didn’t quite grasp Michigan’s history and tradition. He played at West Virginia. His spread offense turned the Mountaineers into national title contenders. He left home only because the school’s president called his bluff during an intense contract renegotiation. RichRod never fit in Bo’s Big House.

Brady Hoke fits. He’s a blend of Bo and Lloyd. The former Ball State and San Diego State head coach has Bo’s in-your-face-but-still-lovable personality — he derisively drops the State when referring to Ohio State; the Buckeyes are simply “Ohio” to Hoke — and Carr’s big-picture vision and attention to detail.

“Brady has done a great job of pulling things from each coach, from Mo (Gary Moeller) to Lloyd to Bo,” said Jim Plocki, a longtime assistant strength coach at Michigan, “and putting his own little twists on everything.”

Hoke’s own little twists include a leadership program he developed along with his coaching soulmate, Aaron Wellman, Michigan’s head strength coach, and Hoke’s right-hand man since Ball State.

The Friday night march to the Big House, while stolen from Carr and Moeller, was incorporated into Hoke and Wellman’s leadership program. They teach leadership and responsibility. Not organically. Not when convenient on the field. Not just by the selection of team captains.

Hoke and Wellman developed a booklet. They teach leadership in a classroom setting. They have regular discussions with the players about the principles and characteristics of a great leader. Hoke and Wellman work primarily with the seniors. Assistant coaches work with the underclassmen.



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I’m not doing a good job of describing the uniqueness of Hoke and Wellman’s leadership program. But the overwhelming majority of coaches never fully explain leadership. They recognize it when a player demonstrates it, and they’ll occasionally make an effort to point out strong leadership when they see it. What they don’t do is take the time to teach it.

It’s crucial in this era of NCAA time limitations on coaches and kids growing up in non-traditional families.

Brady Hoke has been tasked with being the new millennium Bo Schembechler. Hoke and his coaching staff don’t have the freedom to work with the players as extensively as Schembechler did. Today’s players don’t arrive on campus as naive and enthusiastic as the kids did in Schembechler’s era.

A football scholarship to a major university used to be the end-all-be-all. Now kids show up at places such as Ann Arbor and Columbus dreaming of NFL millions. They have more voices in their head, conflicting agendas. The name on the back is far more important than the name on the front of the jersey.

By partnering with his strength coach — the coach who spends the most time with all of the players — on leadership, Hoke has developed a unique tool in communicating with, connecting with and influencing his players.

On Saturday, after a light practice inside the Big House in front of major donors, the travel squad was required to lift weights. Six coaches, spread out across the weight room, barked orders and oversaw the individual lifts. The players’ shouts of encouragement drowned out the coaches.



Denard Robinson, the Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback, clapped, danced, hollered and bounced from station to station. His energy filled the room. The weight room felt more energized and competitive than the practice field.

“We force them to lead,” Wellman said. “You can’t just stand around and wait for your turn to lift. There’s no better motivation than your teammate telling you he needs to do this for him, the team.”

When the lift session is over, Wellman takes me to his office and hands me the "2011 Senior Leadership Series." It’s the leadership booklet he has been defining and redefining since he and Hoke came up with this concept in 2006 when they were at Ball State.

There’s a section of the booklet spelling out the differences between character-driven people and emotion-driven people.

“It is not doing the things we like to do, but doing the things we have to do that causes growth and makes us successful. Successful people are willing to do the things unsuccessful people will not do.”

Character: Do right, then feel good. Emotion: Feel good, then do right.
Character: Make principle based decisions. Emotion: Make popular based decisions.
Character: Believe it, then see it. Emotion: See it, then believe it.
Character: “What are my responsibilities?” Emotion: “What are my rights?”

I have been close to Wellman and Hoke since 2003, when Hoke landed the Ball State job. I played at Ball State. So did Hoke. I’ve witnessed the bond develop between Hoke and Wellman. They fell in football love by accident. They had never met before Brady interviewed him.

Wellman is a low-key workaholic. He has no idea I’m writing this column. He’ll probably be upset when he reads it. He approaches being the strength coach like a head coach. He works with the entire team. He reports to work at 3:30 a.m. He prefers tiny lift groups — no more than 16 players at a time — so he can personally oversee everyone’s workout.



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He has an affinity for the military and Navy SEALs. This Michigan team is honoring SEAL Team 6, the crew that took out Osama bin Laden.

“We’re Team 132,” Hoke tells me as we sit in his office Friday afternoon, a few hours before the march to the Big House. “We had a Navy SEAL come speak to the team early in camp. I’ve been talking to the team all camp about the things that bond and inspire Navy SEALs.”

Later, before they walk to Michigan Stadium, Hoke will hand each Michigan player a large trident pitchfork with his name and a message carved into it.

The ethos of Team 132
Toughness Character Discipline
I accept the responsibility to uphold our proud tradition.

This is another example of Lloyd Carr’s influence.

As Hoke excitedly tells me about the speech he’ll deliver to his team later that night and the highlight video he hopes inspires and educates his players, he looks over his right shoulder and points to the ice pick sitting on a mantel behind his desk.

“That’s from 1997 and Lloyd,” Hoke said. “It was about climbing Mount Everest.”

The Wolverines won the national championship that year. Hoke was the defensive line coach.

The Wolverines are unlikely to challenge for a spot in the BCS Championship Game this season. But the climb back to the top for Michigan begins with the foundation Hoke and Wellman lay this season.

“I’ll have to stay up their (tail) for the first two or three years, but by the time these freshman are seniors, I won’t have to do anything,” Wellman said. “The senior class (in 2008) at Ball State policed themselves.”

I’ve seen this foundation take root before. Hoke loved Ball State the way he loves Michigan. He took Ball State’s small tradition and made it big in the minds of Indiana and Ohio kids. My Cardinals — our Cardinals — ran off 12 straight victories in 2008 and cracked the top 15.


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Getting Michigan back to the top is nothing compared to dragging Ball State to the brink of a BCS bowl game.

Hoke has more to work with at Michigan. His entire coaching staff — from Wellman to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison to offensive coordinator Al Borges — is as experienced, talented and skilled as any in the country.

Hoke spent a decade preparing for this opportunity, this moment. He wanted the job three years ago when RichRod got it.

“I wasn’t ready then. I can admit that now,” Hoke said. “I needed those two years at San Diego State.”

He’s more than ready now. His players will be soon.

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September 9th, 2011, 8:05 am
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I didn't get to watch last weeks game. I don't like our Jerseys this year. We look like a swarm of yellow jackets.


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WOW. What an amazing comeback. And the finish was absolutely fantastic.


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