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Michigan’s Brady Hoke responds to Ohio State jabs

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Michigan coach Brady Hoke took the high road and dismissed comments made by Ohio State coach Ed Warriner — who said on Tuesday Hoke was upset about missing playbooks because “he hadn’t finished coloring them.”

Via the Detroit Free Press’ Mark Snyder, Hoke responded on a local radio station Thursday morning: “The one thing around here is we try and always stay in between the lines. That’s important with how you handle your program.”

Now, it’s worth noting Hoke caused a bit of a stir last summer when he said at a fan event Notre Dame was “chickening out” of its series with Michigan.

“The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they’re chickening out of — they’re still going to play Michigan State, they’re going to play Purdue, but they don’t want to play Michigan,” Hoke said. “I don’t know how they made that decision. I really don’t.”

That’s not as direct a jab as the one thrown by Warriner (who, by the way, is a former Notre Dame assistant), and Hoke later clarified that he didn’t hold anything personal against Brian Kelly or any Notre Dame players.

But the first thing that came over Michigan Stadium’s PA system after beating Notre Dame in September was the “Chicken Dance,” so maybe Ohio State fans will bring coloring books to this year’s rivalry game. Or maybe someone else will get ejected and leave the stadium with double freedom rockets again.

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26 Responses to “Michigan’s Brady Hoke responds to Ohio State jabs”
  1. pfitz2 says: Apr 3, 2014 9:15 AM

    Considering that Hoke has referred to Ohio State as a completely different school since he became HC, he really has no other route than the high road when it comes to jabs.

  2. blendedwhiskey says: Apr 3, 2014 9:23 AM

    “The one thing around here is we try and always stay in between the lines. That’s important with how you handle your program.”

    I think Hoke is referring to lunch line at the cafeteria, where he is always first in line!!

  3. lastdukestreetking says: Apr 3, 2014 9:24 AM

    And the OSU guy stole the coloring book line from Spurrier about Auburn.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Apr 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    Calm down and carry on.

  5. groundcontrol2304 says: Apr 3, 2014 10:36 AM

    JJ Stankevitz apparently doesn’t know that this years Rivalry game is in Columbus, so no, Coloring books will not be handed out, only butt kickings and a lot of points.

  6. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 10:50 AM

    The only way your going to get a angry response from Hoke is if your steal his cheeseburger! I bet Michigan is missing Rich Rod now, at least his team could put up points. Now that Holk is running low on rods players wins are getting harder to come by.

  7. tigersfandan says: Apr 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    Michigan is not missing Rich Rod. Please don’t say silly things like that.

  8. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 12:04 PM

    Rodriguez 2012 8-5 bowl win.
    2013 8-5 bowl win.
    Good job security.

    Hoke 2012 8-5 bowl loss.
    2013 7-6 bowl loss.
    Currently on hot seat.

    Comparing the two who is fairing better? I guess their tied if you do not consider bowl wins important.

  9. chunkala says: Apr 3, 2014 12:08 PM

    In 3 years, Hoke’s done a pretty good job against a much more talented OSU team (the best team that money can buy).
    2011 – W
    2012 – L by 1 point
    2013 – T, could have chose to go to OT where game is virtually a coin flip

  10. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 3, 2014 12:33 PM

    Guess that would be super relevant if Ohio State was the only game on the schedule for three years.

  11. bigbuckeye76 says: Apr 3, 2014 12:34 PM

    Sorry guy, 2013 is a LOSS no matter how close it was. I personally think Hoke is a good coach, but he has one win in three years against the worst Buckeye squads in more than a decade.

  12. spreadthecheese says: Apr 3, 2014 12:37 PM

    Hoke is “staying in between the lines” when he called another university “chicken.”

    That’s funny. I’m guessing he’s taking the high road because Ohio State has owned Michigan the past decade and there’s nothing they can really say in response.

  13. pfitz2 says: Apr 3, 2014 12:42 PM

    @chunkala

    2012 loss was not by 1 point 26-21 was the final score.
    2013 Not a tie, 42-41. In order to have gone to OT, they would have had to make the FG. Since they didn’t try, we don’t know if the game would have in fact gone to OT. FTR, going for two was the right decision and I believe Urban Meyer would have done the same thing if the circumstances were reversed.

  14. sullivan1009 says: Apr 3, 2014 12:45 PM

    chunkala, nice revisionist history, but UM lost in 2013.

  15. tigersfandan says: Apr 3, 2014 1:02 PM

    iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says:
    Apr 3, 2014 12:04 PM
    Rodriguez 2012 8-5 bowl win.
    2013 8-5 bowl win.
    Good job security.

    Hoke 2012 8-5 bowl loss.
    2013 7-6 bowl loss.
    Currently on hot seat.

    Comparing the two who is fairing better? I guess their tied if you do not consider bowl wins important.
    ____________________________________

    Regardless of that, Michigan fans do not miss Rich Rod. Plain and simple.

  16. gary2525 says: Apr 3, 2014 1:53 PM

    Ohio talks about michigans offense, Meyer shit the bed against michigan st. And Clemson on his play calling.

  17. MasMacho says: Apr 3, 2014 3:39 PM

    Funny, but nothing will ever be as good as:

    Q: “What kind of car does Jim Tressel drive?”
    A: “A Lloyd Carr.”

  18. footballnut85 says: Apr 3, 2014 4:19 PM

    Hoke’s hat is starting to float and he’s treading water. Way in over his head at the school up north.

  19. erdessy says: Apr 3, 2014 5:13 PM

    That’s funny he said “stay in between the lines” as that’s exactly what I say to my daughter when she is coloring in her coloring book. Kind of fits the joke.

    That being said, I don’t know why Warriner said that because as fine as a school as Ohio State is, it is basically universally understood that Michigan is a better academic school. I have no dog in this fight, just pointing out the obvious.

  20. stoicpaisano says: Apr 3, 2014 5:24 PM

    And the OSU guy stole the coloring book line from Spurrier about Auburn.

    *****************

    That line was being used when older guys like Mattison and Spurrier were playing. Some of the most storied smack in the biz.

  21. dmarado says: Apr 3, 2014 7:29 PM

    He should’ve just said “YABBA DABBA DOOO!!!”

  22. dkhhuey says: Apr 3, 2014 9:40 PM

    Nothing like stirring the pot for the new season! We’ll see you in the Shoe Hokie Pokie – which will probably be your last game as coach of TTUN.

  23. dego1959 says: Apr 4, 2014 9:02 AM

    That’s funny…Go Blue!

  24. midwestmd says: Apr 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    Coloring books?! Warriner must have been referring to the final exams at TOSU.

  25. japco43 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:33 PM

    Another Michigan fan in the mix. I look forward to comment on topics that are not trivial, like this one.

  26. southernpatriots says: Apr 6, 2014 7:47 PM

    Michigan-Notre Dame is a legendary game which all the fans love.

    Michigan-Ohio State is a great rivalry game which coaches, players, and those living near or far get involved to make it even more interesting as the game nears.

    I have been wanting LSU to schedule Michigan, but when the AD tried, Michigan does not reciprocate with dates or confirmations. So, the Irish seem to be avoiding playing Michigan, and Michigan seems to be avoiding playing LSU.

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