MLive: Brady Hoke taking over as head coach at Tennessee

MLive: Brady Hoke taking over as head coach at Tennessee

November 12, 2017

Brady Hoke is back at the helm of an FBS football team, this time as the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers (LINK). I wish him the best as he finishes out the season.

There are some good looking ladies after the jump.


  1. Comments: 563
    Joined: 9/13/2015
    Nov 13, 2017 at 12:27 AM

    I think Hoke is one of the great salesmen in America. The guy could sell ice to Eskimos. Guy sells himself as DC to Oregon. Didn’t do a particulary good job. He then gets a gig at Tennessee as DL coach right? Now he is the interim coach.

    Dang. He is going to wind up as head coach of some NFL organization eventually. 🙂

    • Comments: 1154
      Joined: 8/13/2015
      Nov 13, 2017 at 6:42 AM

      If he get’s the job he deserves, he’ll be up there on the dais saying, “It’s the Browns for god sakes.”

    • Thunder
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      Nov 13, 2017 at 7:35 AM

      To be fair to Hoke, he did a good job elsewhere – including as an assistant at Michigan – before his final couple years at Michigan. His defense was terrible at Oregon, but that wasn’t a great fit for him in the first place. Maybe he should go back to the MAC or something and become a head coach again, but his career has some success stories or he wouldn’t have reached the point where he is today.

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        Joined: 1/19/2016
        Nov 13, 2017 at 10:04 AM

        Agree. I hope one of two things come of this:
        1) Hoke uses this opportunity to get back in the MAC or MWC as a HC
        2) he comes back to UM as DL Coach (after mattison retires). We could use his recruiting chops in the Midwest

      • Comments: 563
        Joined: 9/13/2015
        Nov 13, 2017 at 12:21 PM

        YOU are exactly right. He has had success in spots which shows he is a MAC level coach. Either be a DL coach at the highest collegiate level or if he wants to be a HC, then go down the ladder.

        He clearly thinks very highly of himself. I guess I can’t blame him but he thinks succeeding at SDSU with good assistants validates his resume at the highest level. I think he sees his 11-2 year at UM as a validation of his ability but that had a tremendous amount of luck involved. He is clearly not cut out as a HC at the highest level. He shouldn’t even get a job at Oregon State or RU.

        Not a bad guy but should really think about going to a place like East Tennessee State or some program that has perpetually struggled. He can sell and get some decent players to join him.

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    Joined: 12/24/2016
    Nov 13, 2017 at 6:59 AM

    Be nice to Brady. He always does n tries his best.
    And quit living in the past. Geesh! Michigan came within a hair of hiring both Joe Pa and Pitino.
    Sometimes Michigan needs a little “There but for the ‘Grace of God’ syndrome.

    • DonAZ
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      Joined: 8/12/2015
      Nov 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

      By all accounts, Hoke is a terrific DL coach. People say he doesn’t develop talent, but I think on the DL he has shown he can.

      I don’t think Hoke has what it takes to be a HC at a big-time program. That’s not a knock on him; few people do have what it takes. I think he could probably be okay at a MAC school, but I would ask: “Why?” If his strength is the DL, then my advice would be to focus on that.

      • Lanknows
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        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Nov 13, 2017 at 11:06 AM

        This is the consensus line of thinking but are there any examples outside of Michigan where he developed DL particularly well? In AA he was surrounded by other very good defensive coaches (Mattison most notably).

        Honest question – I don’t follow Tenn, SDSU, or Ball State football close enough to know. I’m not aware of any of his Oregon DL making a major leap under his direction.

        Is this rep built on 20 years ago?

        Maybe Hoke isn’t just a position coach with a fancy resume and maybe his strength is being a people person. His players loved him and continue to say glowing things.

        I think Hoke can make a fine HC if he embraces an executive approach and surrounds himself with excellent OC and DC. He needs a place with strong AD leadership that won’t allow him to choose the offensive braintrust, or he needs to just let go and let somebody aggressive/creative/innovative have full control of the O. (As he did at SDSU with the D.)

        I’m imagining a scenario where Tenn wins their last 2 games and (after being fired at GT) Paul Johnson is hired as the OC with full say over the offseason, and somebody like the next Rocky Long (Chris Partridge?) gets the D. Hoke handles media, recruiting, discipline, etc. In practice he coaches the DL to support the DC. No headset required.

        I’m sure Hoke learned a lot from the last few years. A place like Tenn that can hire top notch OC/DC would be ideal for him….

        Not gonna happen, I’m just saying it could. Just because he failed at Michigan (mostly due to a terrible OC and OL hires) doesn’t mean that all he can do is coach at the SDSU/Ball State level.

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          Nov 13, 2017 at 12:23 PM

          No. Hoke is no more a HC at a high level than I am a CEO of a fortune 500.

          • Lanknows
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            Nov 13, 2017 at 2:59 PM

            I mean, I wouldn’t hire him. But I wouldn’t hire him for a MAC job either.

            I think there’s more to it than a simple case of the peter principle. He’s more likely to win big at Tennessee than at Ball State, IMO.

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    Nov 13, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Probably my favorite GIF of the year….Thanks Thunder!

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    Nov 13, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    He should go back to Ball State

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