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 MLive.com. “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.