Brady Hoke

Brady Hoke cancels senior retreat in team-building effort


Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is doing away with making seniors feel special in the football program. For now, at least.

After two years of taking seniors for the upcoming fall away on a retreat, Hoke instead will look to find ways to bring a sense of equality to the Wolverines this season. The senior retreat will not take place this summer, a decision that was difficult for Hoke to make but one he feels confident will serve his 2014 Wolverines well.

“To me, it was just something (that) had run its course a little bit, and maybe (created) some entitlement (for the older players),” Hoke said last week, according to “I think guys just thought that was part of being a senior. They’ve got to earn it.”

This is a fantastic idea, but time will tell if it has any impact on the Michigan team later this fall. Michigan has taken some steps back each year since Hoke took over as head coach, so the pressure to turn things back in the other direction in the Big Ten is on for Hoke. This change in summer philosophy by Hoke should send a message to not only the seniors but the entire team in summer workouts.

True, there is a benefit to having seniors and upperclassmen feel a sense of leadership on a team, but a retreat specifically designed for them is not the only way for those student-athletes to come to that realization.

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.