Originally Posted by Chewy734
Except for the fact that Tressel was a proven winner and had multiple Division 1-AA championships under his belt before Ohio State considered him.
Agreed. But Hoke was at Michigan for the NC team and some great years. He was an integral part of the coaching staff at the time. He knows what winning is, and he knows what winning is at Michigan. He knows how the recruiting circuit is for that school, and he's beaten that path already on the defensive side of the ball, which is what we need the most.
You don't have to be a genius at Michigan. You just have to not be an idiot at recruiting, emphasize fundamentals and discipline, and have a sound understanding of what it takes to win a big football game in the Big10. The biggest part of winning is defense, and he gets that.
I'm glad they went with Hoke. Others can say what they want about his record as a head coach (keep in mind exactly how shitty the two teams were when he took them over), but IMO he has the best credentials out of all of the candidates.
1) Most importantly, Michigan is his end game
2) He's been here for a National Championship
3) He's been out on the recruiting circuit for Michigan
4) He's a defensive mind
5) Everybody is behind him; even the "naysayers" aren't saying GTFO like they did with Dick Rod.