Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 6/20/12
Before everyone gets all excited about the idea of Michigan being back to being Michigan again, remember: Even when it was rocking and rolling, Michigan needed to be better. Why not just accept what last year was, and be happy? Michigan went 11-2, beat Ohio State and won the Sugar Bowl. It was as good a season as could reasonably be asked for after the terrible Rich Rodriguez era. 2011 wasn't a culmination and it wasn't even a step forward. It was what the roto-geeks like to call a regression to the mean. The 2009 and 2010 teams weren't quite as bad as the combined 12-13 record -- okay, maybe the defenses were -- and the 2011 team wasn't as good as its final record. But what that season did do was put Michigan back on the national map in terms of what might be coming next. Coach Brady Hoke has been able to use last year to show recruits that Michigan really is close to being Michigan again, only better. He's bringing in the talent to prove that, delivering -- at the time this is...
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