Michigan Football: Relooking at The Michigan Football Administration — Part III
These constructs are not in themselves removed from the eye or evaluation of the Director of Athletics. However, the initiation and undertaking of this group of constructs falls more within the realm of the head Coach.
The first such construct is staff interrelations and ability to work as a comprehensive unit. No one is behind closed doors to hear the negative or view the dirty laundry. Sometimes the phony baloney front serves as a nice masquerade. However, take into consideration that Hoke is pretty much a tell it like it is type of guy. He will not throw his staff into harm’s way, but he will not engage in massive spin. Hoke appears to have a genuine appreciation of his staff. He went out on the limb to bring many of his selections to the biggest coaching job in the careers of his assistants. The group appears to practice the precepts of strong programs: loyalty, commitment, hard work, and support of each other.Highly Proficient
Recruiting is a construct that leaves little to the imagination. The results have actually increased year by year. Michigan is recruiting top ten classes and is competing with the other giants in the neighborhood. More so, the recruits appear to be low maintenance and the type any university would welcome as persons of character and good scholars.
Proficient- and at the high end of proficient.
The above ties in with mission and delivery of mission. This philosophy is not imagined or mere smoke. The mission is real and important to the university.
Compliance and administrative tasks, as enjoined by staff and Director of Athletics has so far been clean, unless there is some scandal hidden deep under a rug. That is doubtful as the “local knowledgeable press” is still salivating to gather any dirt possible. There has not been a crack. There have been a small, self-selected group that has managed to obtain some disciplinary grief. But Coach Hoke has dealt with the isolated instances, with perhaps one exception, in a manner that shows consistency and common sense.
Adequate to ProficientGame management skills are where the staff clearly falls short. Clock management, adjustments, and decision-making going down the stretch has not been wretched, but so much could be done to upgrade this weakness. Looking at old TV game broadcasts as a coaching team and creating an on the fly plan that is effective works well. This may be the only area where the wear a headset crowd may be correct. Michigan has been bailed out by some great individual plays more so than great game management. Like Les Miles, ignoring this area can eventually bite a team especially against a high level opponent.
There is no such problem with character and integrity. Again, we revisit the above discussion.
Planning and implementation of planning appears strong. The staff has clearly identified goals, teaching techniques, and routines. Game plans and preparation for a weekly opponent are strong going into the game. The page is clearly defined and everyone is on the same page.
Adequate to Proficient
Final comments: all in all, considering the tenure of the Head Coach and Director of Athletics has been short, the grade card is splendid. The overall grade of program administration can rightly be stated to be Proficient to Highly Proficient. Administration does not block or tackle, but every program hopes for calm seas and a prosperous voyage.
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