The Wolverine

October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ from our readers October 2011 ��� Vol. 23, No. 3 ISSN 1048-9940 Editor John Borton Associate Editor Michael Spath The Editor Chris Balas Football Recruiting Editor Tim Sullivan Staff Writer Andy Reid Managing Editor Chris Riffer Contributing Editor Steve Downey Contributing Writer Ryan Tice Editorial Intern Kevin Minor Layout And Design Cory Lavalette Jeanette Blankenship Contributing Photographers Eric Bronson/ Lon Horwedel Per Kjeldsen Cover Photos U-M Photo Services (Jordan Kovacs) Lon Horwedel (Shawn Hunwick) Publisher Stu Coman Business Manager Linda Autry Circulation Manager Gail Evans Assistant Circulation Manager Jason Jones Marketing/Merchandise Manager Beverly Taylor Director Of Advertising Dave Searcy Customer Service Specialist Cathy Jones The Wolverine is published monthly. A one-year (12 issues) subscription is $49.95. The Wolverine is printed at The Papers in Milford, Ind. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI��� 48106. Periodical postage paid at Durham, NC��� 27702 and additional offices. For advertising or subscription information, call 1-800-421-7751 or write The Wolverine, P.O. Box 1304, Ann Arbor, MI��� 48106. The Wolverine is a publication of Coman Publishing Company, Inc., 324 Blackwell St., Suite 560, Durham, NC��� 27701. E-Mail Address: Subscription questions: Web Site: 10��� the wolverine��� ������ October 2011 Head coach Brady Hoke has impressed Wolverines fans with his compsure on the sidelines and the fact that he is constantly teaching his players. photo by per kjeldsen Hailing Hoke Dear The Wolverine: Brady Hoke is going to be a huge success as Michigan���s head football coach. The reason is simple; this guy can coach! And, he coaches constantly, continuously, and that���s all he does! During the win over Western Michigan, I watched Coach Hoke on the sideline, and what I saw impressed me as much as anything he has said since being named head coach last January. And he has said all of the right stuff! When players came off the field, he was coaching; explaining, encouraging, demonstrating, teaching, teaching, teaching. There was no hanging of heads, no yelling, no screaming, no swearing, no criticizing. Now, I was not on the sideline. I was a long distance away from the sideline in my Section��3 seat, but there appeared to be nothing going on, on that sideline, like what we saw on another sideline that same day. Coaches do get mad when players play poorly, and I���m sure that Brady Hoke gets mad just like anyone. But there was one huge difference between Brady Hoke and Brian Kelly, and it was his behavior toward his players when they made mistakes. Brady Hoke stays on his mission and coaches. The results were obvious. With a roster largely the same as last year���s, we saw a team that was focused and disciplined. They weren���t great, but as Coach Hoke said after the game, ���They were OK.��� The key is that they made almost no mistakes: no fumbles, no pass interceptions, no dropped punts, no dropped kick returns, and no drive-stopping penalties. This is because Coach Hoke and his staff of assistants can coach and that is what they do, constantly, continuously! Team 132 got better as the game progressed. Too bad the game was cut short because I think that the fourth quarter would have been a real treat. Team 132 will get better as the season progresses, and I think that we are in for a great ride! This guy can coach, and he will win big! John Jordan Via The Internet The teaching aspect has impressed even longtime observers close to the program, John. The games will get tougher, and the wins harder to come by, but the instruction throughout should keep this team moving in the right direction. On Retired Numbers Dear The Wolverine: In recent weeks, Desmond Howard has been quite vocal about wanting to be honored for his brilliant football career in the early ���90s��� by having his number 21 retired. I can���t remember a Wolverine player in the last 50 years receiving that unique recogni-

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