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Thursday, January 13, 2011
Hoke: 'We're going ers that we've been able to touch ..."
He cleared his voice, eyes water-
to be a program ingandopened his mouth, butthese
words wouldn't come easy.
that's accountable' He pursed his lips and finished,
... as a family. Go Blue."
By TIM ROHAN This was the man who wouldn't.
Daily Sports Editor take Michigan Athletic Direc-
tor Dave Brandon's phone call to
Near the end of his introductory accept theMichigan head coach-
press conference at the Junge Fam- ing job until his wife Laura came
ily Champion's Center yesterday, home from her morning swim at
Brady Hoke slowed to express a the YMCA, so he could share the
point that meant a lot to him. After moment with her.
mentioning many others, he had one This was the man who accept-
thank you left to give. ed the job over the phone, on the
"And one other thank you I spot on Tuesday morning, without
should give to thecthousands of play- See HOKE, Page 5A
New an dformer
coaches talk B
TOP: Newly-hired Michigan football coach Brady Hoke at his introductory press conference yesterday (MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily). BOTTOM LEFT: Hoke at last night's
Michigan men's basketball game against Ohio State (JAKE FROMM/Daily). BOTTOM RIGHT: Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon and Hoke at yesterday's press con-
ference (MARISSA MCCLAIN/Daily). For more on Brandon's search for a "Michigan Man," see Sports, Page 7A.
BRADY'S BIO Hoke gained the respect-
Rodriguez never had
) HEAD COACH AT A s Brady Hoke was intro-
BALL STATE AND duced as the Michigan
SAN DIEGO STATE football team's 19th
head coach yesterday, his hands
>) HAS A 47-50 anxiously fidgeted with the 1997
OVERALL RECORD National Championship ring that
he earned as the defensive line
PL AYE D L INEBACKE R coach under former head coach
AT BALL STATE Lloyd Carr.
It was natural to be nervous.
NA MED 2010 After all, during his time as
MOUTAINA 200 coach of San Diego State and Ball
MOU NTAIN WEST State, he had never been grilled
CONFERENCE like he was about to be grilled by
COACH OF THE YEAR the Michigan media.
The lack of respect from the
to ease his
than 24 hours
he was viewed
by many as
Hoke's career 47-50 record in
the Mid-American Conference
and the Mountain West Confer-
ence wasn't wowing anyone.
It didn't wow the Michigan
faithful, who knew nothing about
the guy besides the shoddy record
and the fact that he happened to
be a "Michigan Man." On Tues-
day evening, Facebook statuses
from Michigan fans everywhere
sardonically remarked on the sad
state of the program.
Many skeptics thought Bran-
don methodically turned the
See SPAR, Page SA
High school coach:
still an option
By RYAN KARTJE
Daily Sports Editor
Now that Michigan's head
'coaching position is secured, one
of the first tasks on the docket for
new headman Brady Hoke will be
to keep Michigan's offensive cen-
terpiece - sophomore quarterback
Denard Robinson - in Ann Arbor.
And after the San Diego Union
Tribune reported that San Diego
State offensive coordinator Al
Borges will be accompanying
Hoke to Michigan, the question of
how Robinson will fit in the Wol-
verines' new offense is one that
many Michigan fans, and Rob-
inson himself, will look to have
answered in the coming days.
In his introductory press con-
ference today, Hoke made it clear
he understands how valuable
Robinson is to the Wolverines.
"We have got a special guy in
See ROBINSON, Page 5A
option to coaches Les Miles, Jim
Harbaugh, and really anyone else
involved in Michigan Athletic
Director David Brandon's clan-
destine national search.
LSA theme semester promotes water sustainability
House Majority Leader
Eric Cantor to speak at'U'
to address issues
facing new Congress
By JENNA SIMARD
The U.S. House of Representa-
tives Majority Leader Eric Cantor
(R-Va) is coming to speak on cam-
pus next month, the University
Cantor will discuss issues fac-
ing the new Republican majority
in the House and how legislators
plan to tackle them during his
speech on Feb. 2 sponsored by the
Ford School of Public Policy.
Cantor, who has been a mem-
ber of the House since 2001, was
elected House Majority Leader
earlier this month after the GOP
took control of the lower chamber
in last November's midterm elec-
Laura Lee, director of commu-
nications for the Ford School of
Public Policy, said that Cantor's
visit will be a great addition to the
school's prominent list of speakers.
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"We host quite an active pub-
lic lecture series here at the Ford
School," Lee said. "We try to make
it as robust as possible, invite lots
of different people who hold lots
of different political positions or
policy analysts or researchers."
Cantor's speech is part of the
School of Public Policy's mission
to present the University commu-
nity with a dialogue on pertinent
policy issues, Lee said. The pre-
sentation will also address Con-
gress's attemptto reduce spending
and unnecessary regulations,
according to a University press
release issued yesterday.
As the second-most powerful
member of the House, Cantor is a
key player on the national political
scene, Lee added.
"We are just happy he accepted
our invitation," she said. "Hear-
ing from somebody who is in the
position to really influence federal
policy will be a great opportunity
for students," Lee said.
described Cantor as "GOP's com-
municator, rainmaker and con-
sensus builder," the press release
See CANTOR, Page 6A
students to put
thought into action
By MICHELE NAROV
After the College of Literature,
Science and the Arts encouraged
student to ponder "What makes
life worth living" in its previous
theme semester, the college aims
to tackle a simpler topic in the
coming months - water.
But, according to those
involved in the theme semester
planning, water is anything but
"We are all made mostly of
water, we all live near water, and
we are all connected to water -
at least in a basic way," Manja
Holland, co-chair of the LSA
Theme Semester Steering Com-
In accordance with the LSA
Theme Semester, 75 academic
courses are currently being
offered that are related to the
study of water. LSA will also.
sponsor more than 90 water-
related events throughout the
semester, including lectures,
performances and workshops
Associate Music Prof. Michael Gould, Stephen Rush, director of the Digital Music Ensemble in the School of Music, Theatre
and Dance, and Music Specialist Jeremy Edwards perform on ice drums on the Diag yesterday.
Holland, a fellow in the
Department of Ecology and Evo-
lutionary Biology, proposed the
water theme for this semester.
She said she thought of the idea
because of its omnipresence in
her career as an ecologist and in
the work and research of her col-
leagues and the world.
Amy Harris, co-chair of the
steering committee, said the
theme will focus on water sus-
tainability, ecological studies
and many other disciplines.
"It's not only about environ-
mental sciences," Harris said.
"It's also about literature, the
visual arts, culture and history."
Though organized by LSA,
more than 40 departments
across campus and about a dozen
Ann Arbor institutions not affili-
ated with the University - like
the Ann Arbor Public Library
and local businesses - will also
The semester program began
yesterday with an ice percussion
concert held on the Diag, where
students and faculty members
played replicas of ancient per-
cussion instruments made of ice.
Other upcoming events include a
riverbank clean-up project and a
lecture by world-renown ocean-
See LSA, Page 6A
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