Brady Hoke likes his team, and he wants them to win the Big Ten championship.
The second part of that sentence is not surprising -- Michigan's goal at the start of every season is to win the conference title -- but the first part is unusual for Hoke.
"I don't usually like my team during the summer," Hoke said during Wednesday's media appearance at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago. "But I liked this team at the end of the spring, and I still do."
There's very little news during the endless parade of coaches on Wednesday. They only get 15 minutes a piece and some of that is used up on slightly odd questions. Hoke was asked about a cancer being named after Michigan, a genuinely heartwarming story. He also fielded a query on how Detroit's bankruptcy will affect the Wolverines. Hoke struggled for a moment on that one, but eventually assured everyone that the Wolverines are cheering for the city.
In the time he had left, Hoke talked a lot about quarterback Devin Gardner, but first he mad...