Apr 5, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines: The Foundation — Part III


GBMWolverine Coach's Corner2Posted ay 12:00pm — 6/15/2014

Michigan Wolverines: The Foundation — Part III

Rebuilding An Interesting Challenge

Social media has broken down this traditional isolation attempt to insulate players from the disease of pessimism. The use of social media is not without danger. Every week, it seems, some headline pops up, some mouth overflows, and some news that is essentially negative pessimism flows forth from players. Some coaches are now managing social media with regulations and clear limitations. Once the pessimism starts it is like a disease that can spread like a plague.

michigan0910_26Fans can undertake pessimism with limited negatives. Fans can turn the switch off and go on to another venture. This is harder for players and coaches to accomplish due to the incredible investment of time and energy.

Michigan appears to be quietly undertaking a back-to-basics program management approach regarding pessimism. The goal of good public image is a long-term process, not one of a quick wow type approach that is smoky at best. Coach Hoke has stated in a read between the lines communication that a big part of last year’s collapse was confidence, a quality that is eroded by pessimism, caused in turn by losing and losing confidence. There was certainly the factor of a lack of success that must be highly considered. Many point to the collapse of the simple special team field goal gaffs against Penn State as the start of the downhill flow. Then, one late season opportunity for victory on offense and one for the defense both came up empty.

Coach HokeThis author once coached with an exceptional mechanist coach who dealt with negativism and pessimism with the following saying: “Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.” Coach Hoke has given clear hints that this is his plan. He knows that wins will provide some relief. He also is veteran and astute enough to know that there will always be dedicated critics who will relish in any misery he endures. Like all coaches, Coach Hoke will simply ignore these forces and focus on his team.

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