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Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

Posted on: April 21, 2011 4:54 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A longtime Michigan assistant under Lloyd Carr who made no secret of the fact the Wolverine head coach position was his dream job, it's no surprise Brady Hoke doesn't care for Ohio State.

Given Michigan's epic struggles against the Buckeyes under Jim Tressel, it's maybe even less surprising Hoke has emphasized and re-emphasized that lack of care since his hire, even to the point of the Wolverines' breaking their spring game huddles with "BEAT OHIO." When your new maize-and-blue constituency want nothing more than a win over Ohio State, publicly making that win priority No. 1 is doubtless the right political move.

But then again, Hoke's hatred for the Buckeyes apparently runs deep enough that he doesn't have to exaggerate it for the Big House masses. Speaking to Adam Rittenberg this week, Hoke explained that because of its association with Ohio State, he refused to wear red while serving as head coach at Ball State and San Diego State --despite the fact that the Cardinals use (you guessed it) cardinal as their primary school color, and the Aztecs scarlet as a secondary color.

If that sounds like exaggeration, it did to Michigan blog MGoBlog as well, until its thorough search of the Internet turned up nothing more than a red tie at an introductory press conference and a handful of red accents on his BSU gear. The photos available to Eye on Football tell the same story, as shown by Hoke at SDSU against Utah:



At Ball State against Kent State:



And against Michigan itself, Nov. 2006:



It's a little too much to be coincidence, right? Brady Hoke, it would appear, legitimately hates Ohio State so much he's hated a color entirely out of his wardrobe.

How much that hate will actually help him against the Buckeyes is open to debate, and no doubt will earn Hoke plenty of scoffing from across the Ohio border. But optimistic Michigan fans can -- ironically -- point to the appraoch taken by Mark Dantonio when he arrived at their archrivals at Michigan State. He installed a countdown clock to the Spartans' annual grudge match in the MSU locker room, a move that drew its own scoffing from Michigan partisans and players alike. But now Michigan State has taken three in a row from the Wolverines, and Hoke has his own countdown clocks installed--for both MSU and, of course, Ohio State.

So if Hoke's single-minded focus on the Buckeyes can result in anything near the turnaround Dantonio's on Michigan has produced in that rivalry, forget Hoke not wearing red; the color might wind up outlawed across the entire state.

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Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

Seriously the article should have read "Hokie loves to wear black because it provides a more slimming perspective of his obese figure".

Not wearing red doesn't guarantee anything. Harbaugh wore red and he would have had a much better oppty to beat Tressel than Hokie would, at least early on in the matchups.

Goo Bucks! Go Scarlet!



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: April 26, 2011 2:50 am
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

Big talk from you Mr. Anonymous.   Also, i don't see what your hatred for someone's physical size has to do with football.   Maybe you should make a intelligent comment next time



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

Another fat sweaty coach with a big mouth.....

Charlie Weiss
Mark Mangino
Brady Hoke

This guy looks like Bob Golic after a burrito eating contest...



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:59 am
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red




Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

beat ohio??? i didn't know they play the bobcats this season???



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red




Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

hahahahha reputation, boy that hurt my feelings.  I will just have to get my rep up just like you and then root for a losing...oh no my team wins.  nevermind



Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:45 am
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

carefull ellupo! you have been in here longer than me and i have a better reputation look at the numbers troll!



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:30 am
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

It's gonna be a great year for college football. We don't have to worry about lockouts or if the season going to be played at all. This is exactly the reason why college football is so much bettter than the NFL. If this coach has to come up with a gimmick so he can try and beat tOSU this year, more power to him. I just love the rivalry and would like Meatchicken to atleast put up a fight this time when they play.

I remember the same excitment when Rich Rod came aboard, an look where he is 3 years later...

Go Bucks!!!



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:22 am
 

Hoke's Ohio State hate means he won't wear red

hahahaha subduded  you are still a tool.  Being jealous is not good for you, you should try to minimize that.  Be prepared for another loss, but you are used to that now so no big deal.


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