Hoke starts well on recruiting trail

Hoke's familiarity in Midwest, mess at Ohio State create perfect storm for Michigan

Updated: September 20, 2011, 9:48 PM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The decision to hire former Michigan defensive line coach Brady Hoke initially was puzzling to the fan base, if only because people didn't know about his achievements and the positives he could bring to the table.

Despite the confusion and occasional backlash, Hoke's former players were public in their support of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's decision. The former players knew what Hoke was going to bring to the program because they had seen it from the inside.