Originally posted on Maize & Blue Nation  |  Last updated 3/19/14
11-2. 8-5. 7-6.It wasn't supposed to be like this.After the 2010 season, even the most hardcore Maize & Blue faithful were ready to show Rich Rod, and his dismal record of 15-22 the door after his 3rd year in Ann Arbor. Jim Harbaugh was the fan favorite to replace Rodriguez, but Jim obviously had other plans.Enter: Brady Hoke.After a comprehensive "national coaching search" by athletic director Dave Brandon, Brady Hoke was named the 19th head coach at the University of Michigan on January 11th, 2011. Fan reaction was mixed, but generally optimistic. Hoke had good coaching experience, including as an assistant at Michigan. His overall head coaching record was a slight red flag, but most were willing to look past that because of the struggling programs he had inherited at Ball State and San Diego State.Overall, most Michigan fans were just happy to have the Rich Rod era behind them and something to look forward to…something to be excited about again. And Hoke didn't disappoint.The 2011
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