Congratulations, Michigan. It took you awhile, but you finally hired the right guy.
Brady Hoke is the perfect fit for the Wolverines -- right down to the gravel-infused voice, which is what Michigan football would sound like if it had vocal chords.
No. 1, he's an Ohio native who went to a Mid-American Conference school, which, if you're one of the Michigan faithful, ought to sound vaguely familiar (Hint: Think the letters "B" and "O"). And he apparently sold the Michigan people by stressing that his emphasis would be on restoring the hard-headedness to the Michigan defense, which has always been a Michigan football fan's first love.
True, UM could have gone flashier with Jim Harbaugh or Les Miles, but flashier wasn't going to come. Let's face it, this is no longer, at this moment, a top-of-the-food-chain job. All of those are in the SEC now.
Besides, flashy doesn't always translate to greatness. Harbaugh might or might not be a huge success in the NFL, but if he is, he'll be bucking a sad history of hotshot college coaches who went to the NFL and flamed out. And in San Francisco, he won't have Andrew Luck playing quarterback for him anymore.
So the jury's out as to whether he's the next Lombardi/Rockne/Landry/Walsh all rolled into one. In any case, he doesn't know any more football than Hoke does, I guarantee you.
Now you just hope Michigan has the good sense to treat him better than his alma mater (Ball State) did when he was in Muncie. Surely it will.