Brady Hoke is The University of Michigan’s head football coach. His first season, 2011, was a good one. The Wolverines had an 11-2 record and featured wins against archrival Ohio State and a BCS Bowl win. In 2012, Michigan had an 8-5 record - a step back but respectable. This was a team that in 2009, had a 5-7 record. Brady Hoke was not just improving the team, he was also bringing some humor to the team with his unusual superstitions. But with Michigan struggling this season, it made me think “Would Michigan win more games if these superstitions were reversed?” Here are his most famous superstitions and some recommendations about what Hoke might change to get back on track.
Not Eating Before Games
One of Hoke’s biggest superstitions is not eating until after all games. When Michigan played their first home night game against Notre Dame in 2011, everyone wondered if Hoke would eat. It turns out that he did not eat until after the game. Maybe, if the slump continues, Hoke could eat a five course meal before every game?
The last game of the season is always against Ohio State and every Michigan player, coach, and fan looks forward to it. Michigan and Ohio State is one of the biggest rivalries in college football. But Brady Hoke takes it to the extreme, not just on game day, but on every day of the year. He refuses to wear red. Even when he coached at Ball State and San Diego State, which has red as its main color, he refused to wear the color. He would just wear black or white. Maybe the Wolverines would go undefeated if Hoke decked out in red just once?
|At Ball State, Hoke refused to wear red but he wore a jacket (and it worked)|
He does not just refuse to go near the color, he won’t call Ohio State by their full name. Hoke calls them Ohio. He would use “Ohio” in interviews, and soon everyone caught on. Hoke could start saying “Ohio State,” and maybe Michigan could win the Big Ten again?
Hoke is an extremely tough guy. One of the ways he shows that is his wardrobe. On game days, he always wears short sleeves. Earlier this season, in very harsh weather against Iowa, Hoke slightly broke his “rule” and wore a light long sleeve shirt under his polo. I wonder, if he wore a winter coat, maybe Michigan would have won?
|While everybody else wore coats, Hoke showed off his short sleeves (photo from MGoBlog.com)|
This season, Michigan was ranked 100th in rushing offense. Michigan was traditionally one of the best teams at running the ball. Something has to be done. Dave Brandon, Michigan’s athletic director says that Hoke won’t be going anywhere, so something else has to change. Maybe Hoke should test out a new superstition or get rid of a current one.