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line coach becomes
* 19th head coach in
By RYAN KARTJE
Daily Sports Editor
After the worst three-year
program, Athletic Director Dave
Brandon announced yesterday
that San Diego State coach Brady
Hoke will succeed Rich Rodriguez
as Michigan's head football coach.
Hoke will become the program's
19th coach in its 131-year history.
"We are pleased to announce
the hiring of Brady," Brandon
wrote in the press release. "He is
a terrific coach and will be a great
ambassador and leader for our
football program. We look forward
to having him build a champion-
ship program on the field and in
Brady Hoke, Michigan's new head coach, directing the Wolverines in his former
position as Michigan's defensive line coach.
University spokesman Rick search process.
Fitzgerald said University Presi- Hoke's hiringcomes onthe heels
dent Mary Sue Coleman would not of a week full of rumors and specu-
comment on the hiring of Hoke lation about who would coach the
until he is formally introduced in Wolverines.
a press conference at 1 p.m today. When Brandon announced that
He did, however, say that Coleman he would wait until after Michi- FILEPHOTO/Da
fully supported Brandon and the See HOKE, Page 5A Brady Hoke (right), next to former head coach Lloyd Carr, during a game against Washington on Aug. 31,2002 at the Big House.
Alumni rally around Hoke hire
with any big news event, desmondhowar
he response was immedi- will be Michigan
te. coach! I've heard
In the minutes after the Michi-
gan football program announced
it had hired San Diego State's
Brady Hoke as its next coach,
former Wolverines grabbed cell
phones and turned on laptops to
spread the news.
Their reaction on Twitter was
anything but negative:
Braylon Edwards (2001-04): @
officialbraylon: I want to congrat-
ulate #BradyHoke. He coached
my 1st 2yrs, he's a good friend of
mine & a great coach #GoBlue
Desmond Howard (1989-91): @
about him since
Hoke = Great
#GoBlue we have
his name is Brady
d: Brady Hoke Dhani Jones (1996-99): @
's next head dhanijones: Congrats @DaveB-
nothing but randonAD on the hire of Brady
Hoke. He's felt a Michigan Cham-
pionship. Time to return! #goblue
"I'm excited for Brady Hoke
and even for Michigan," Green
Bay Packers and former Michigan
star Charles Woodson wrote ina
text message to The Associated
NICOLE Press. "I'm glad this process is
AUERBACH over and we can begin to restore
the tradition and respect that was
une: Congrats Whew. That's about as much
a new coach and support as you can get - and that
Hoke! impresses me.
Yes, Hoke is a Michigan Man.
He understands Michigan's
unique traditions. He was a
part of the coaching staff that
won a national chanpionship at
Michigan. That was certainly an
important part of this hire.
He's also a defensive-minded
coach - which is a sight for sore
eyes after watching Michigan's
defense the past three seasons.
Recall Athletic Director Dave
Brandon's comments last week
at his press conference: "Is there
a thought of a defensive-minded
head coach? There's a thought
of getting a defensive-minded
See AUERBACH, Page 5A
Athletic Director Dave Brandon at a press conference announcing the firing of former
Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez on Wednesday, Jan. 5,2011. N
Players back Brandon's
decision, embrace Hoke
Students express mixed
feelings about decision
Some disappointed READER REACTIONS: Seewhatothers
by Hoke's rsum d, hikabo a new head coach on
others ready for bye- siin o ,:,,;,
Hiring Hoke "Well, we know who our next
coach is going to be - man, I'm so
tores "Michigan happy," Heininger said, still grin-
ning. 'This is this Michigan we
Ian" tradition grew up watching. It's coming back
here, and it was a happy room. It
By TIM ROHAN was a real happy room."
Daily Sports Editor As their 4 p.m. team meeting
approached yesterday, the play-
Heininger swung open the ers didn't know what was in store.
of Schembechler Hall with Junior tight end Kevin Koger said
plastered on his face as he he thought the meeting was called
wo big thumbs up. He was to talk about classes and weight
t player to leave the play- training.
eeting - albeit because he But Michigan Athletic Director
something in his car - but Dave Brandon surprised everyone
ensive end couldn't mask his when he told the players that the
sent over Michigan's hiring former Michigan assistant and San
y Hoke. See PLAYERS, Page SA
a new beginning
By SUZANNE JACOBS
It didn't take long for word to
spread across campus yesterday
that Brady Hoke would be the new
head coach of the Michigan foot-
And while many are hoping for a
new era to be ushered in for Michi-
gan football with the new coach,
students interviewed after the
announcement had mixed feelings
about the decision.
Second-year Law School student
Raj Vashi said he wasn't impressed
with Hoke's record, and didn't
think Hoke would have been con-
sidered had he not previously been
an assistant coach at the University.
Hoke was an assistant coach for the
Michigan footballteam from 1995-
See STUDENTS, Page SA
Redshirt sophomore running back Michael Cox reacts tothe announcementc
Hoke being named Michigan's new head coach.
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Vigil held in honor of Giffords
'U' prof. says Giffords (D-Ariz.). try are with the victims, and a
The University's chapter of the we wanted to take a stand agai
shooting comes College Democrats organized the political violence," Campbell sai
vigil last night as a non-partisan The shooting occurred at
amid political push for awareness and peace Col- Tucson, Ariz. supermarket d
schism in Ariz. lege Democrats Chair Brendan ing a meet-and-greet with
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By RACHEL BRUSSTAR and
Despite snowfall and tempera-
tures in the twenties, about 30 peo-
ple gathered for a candlelight vigil
on the Diag last night in remem-
brance of the six people killed on
Saturday during the attempted
assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle
tamp ei saia.
The vigil included readings of
articles from The New York Times
about the shooting, personal state-
ments and a moment of silence.
Vigil attendees discussed Giffords's
status - she remains in a Tuscon,
Ariz. hospital in critical condition
- and expressed sympathy for the
victims of the shooting.
"(The College Democrats)
thought that we should demon-
strate that people all over the coun-
toras. Among the six fatalities are
a 9-year-old girl, a federal district
judge and one of Giffords's staff
members. Fourteen individuals,
including Giffords, were injured,
The Associated Press reported.
The sole suspect in the attack,
Jared Loughner, 22, first appeared
in court Monday, and is facing two
federal murder charges and three
attempted murder charges. He is
currently being held without bail in
See VIGIL, Page SA
Students and faculty gathered on the Diag yesterday for a vigil honoring the victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucso
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