Over the last few weeks, we have seen plenty of people, whether it be fans or analysts take shots at Michigan’s football program which is led by head coach Brady Hoke. Although, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke has continued to deliver the usual statement saying Michigan is doing things the right way and that success is on the way. It’s safe to say that no one is taking Hoke’s team motto seriously let alone actually believing it.
Just last week, former Wolverines star quarterback Michael Taylor, who lead the Wolverines to back-to-back Rose Bowl in 1988 and 1989, expressed his anger and frustration about Michigan Football, while speaking on the “Ryan and Rico” show on WMGC-FM (105.1), which was transcribed by the Detroit Free-Press,
On the current state of Michigan’s football team:
“It’s disheartening when you see the level of coaching they’re getting. They supposedly have talent but … is that transferring over on (Saturdays)? That boils down to coaching.”
On head coach Brady Hoke and what causes the disconnect:
“It came to a certain point where folks wanted to root against our own program. When Rich Rodriguez got the job, I don’t think people understand how difficult of a job it was that he took over. First of all, he didn’t have 85 scholarship players when he took over the program. … We all understand he took over 50-55 scholarship players. You can’t win in the Big Ten or anywhere else with that number of players. While we were going through our toughest times, guys decided they were going to sabotage recruiting, badmouth the program on their social media outlets. This is a new day and era where these kids are social media-driven. When you have those type of things, you lose recruits, you lose support.”
We didn’t get the coach who should have been our coach here (Jim Harbaugh) because we insulted him in the first place. So then look who we get. It’s nothing personal; Brady’s a nice guy, I’m sure all you guys agree. I’ll agree to that. Really nice guy, very personable guy. However, his pedigree did not deserve to be a $4-million coach here at Michigan.”
On whether Brady Hoke can turn it around and whether Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon should be fired:
“The quarterback is not the problem. They can change if they want to. The ship will sink, trust me. … I think I know something about playing quarterback. I know what I see and I know one thing: they can make a switch if they want to and put this all on Devin (Gardner)’s shoulders, these two losses are his fault. But the ship will sink even further. … I hope he can change things around, because I’m tired of being a laughingstock going around with that Michigan jersey on. Even as bad as I’ve been treated and others have been treated, they still support Michigan because of the bond we had on that football field.”
“After the season? I’ll put it this way. Didn’t Dave Brandon come out and say he’d judge Rich Rodriguez on red-letter football games? … If you judge Brady Hoke on red-letter football games, where do we stand? That’s all I’m saying, is that the treatment given to Rich Rodriguez should be given to Brady Hoke. He preached toughness, he preached the downhill running game, the Michigan defense. The proof is in the pudding. And 12 games, 4-8, mediocre completion, it is what it is. I’m not here to say whether the man is going to be fired; I don’t make that call. All I do know is Dave Brandon should not be let to make another decision at Michigan. Period.”
While many Michigan fans and even many Michigan players might disagree with many of Taylor’s opinions, it’s safe to say that Taylor is not the only one who is frustrated and angered by the current state of Michigan Football.
In fact, Michigan’s legendary receiver Desmond Howard, who is the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, is also expressing his frustration and anger with the Michigan.
During an 11-minute feature on ESPN’s highly popular College GameDay broadcast on Saturday morning, Howard pointed out that the Wolverines don’t want success bad enough, adding that he didn’t see anyone who put in the effort “to be great and that’s an issue.”
“There are other guys out there who are masquerading in that locker room pretending to be things that they aren’t, and that’s the biggest issue.” said Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner.
“I can go to a practice and point somebody out — that guy right there, he wants to be great — I think the only guy who I saw (at Michigan) who had that kind of swagger about him, may have been Jabrill Peppers.”
Although, there are still plenty of Michigan fans and even Michigan players who disagree with Howard’s opinions, just like they disagreed with Taylor’s opinions. It doesn’t change the fact that Howard’s great love for Michigan and Michigan football has always been honest and sincere, which is why his frustrations should not to be taken lightly, regardless of whether you agree with him or not.
Nevertheless, Michigan, who has a current record of 2-2, after losing to Utah last week, will face Minnesota (3-1) this Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Although, in the past this would have been almost a guaranteed win for the Wolverines, college football analyst Lee Corso has already predicted the Wolverines will lose today in Ann Arbor.
“Minnesota will upset Michigan.” Corso said. “”They’re playing solid defense and (Michigan is) leading the Big Ten is turnovers. A 13 point underdog upsets Michigan.”
“Do you believe in miracles?” Corso continued. “Because if you’re a Michigan man, you better pray for one,” Corso said. “Because the way they’re playing right now, they’re not going to win four games this year. They’re lucky to win four games this year.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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