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Brady Hoke: ‘I feel terrible for Braxton Miller’

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I don’t know that I’ve ever done this before — well, maybe once or twice — but I’m going to utilize a reader’s comment in a post.  Specifically, an unnamed reader’s comment in the post from yesterday on Mark Dantonio‘s reaction to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller‘s season-ending shoulder injury:

The real question would be Hoke’s reaction to this. I’m sure he wouldn’t take the high road about the injury.

Of course, that was, even for one of our readers, an absurd assumption to make. Head coaches simply don’t and wouldn’t do that, especially publicly.  In fact, in my experience, the vast majority of coaches care about players and their well-being whether they’re on their own team or on the opposing sideline.

Case in point? The object of the commenter’s attempted barb, Brady Hoke.

“I feel terrible for Braxton Miller and his family,” the Michigan head coach said during a radio interview Friday morning by way of mlive.com. “He’s been a class act any time I’ve been around him.

You never want a kid to get hurt.”

In other words, Hoke is a human being and reacted the exact way everyone — well, most everyone — thought he would: with class and genuine empathy.  One of the greatest rivalries on the field, The Game more times than not gives way to humanity off of it.

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9 Responses to “Brady Hoke: ‘I feel terrible for Braxton Miller’”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 22, 2014 4:56 PM

    Trolls and fat jokes in …….3….2….1.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 22, 2014 5:05 PM

    When Dantonio said it I thought it was all class…

    This just feels like he’s trying to tag on to Dantonio’s sentiments.

    I like Michigan. I think Michigan being a power in CFB is good for CFB. I just don’t like Hoke. There is just something about him.

  3. barkleyblows says: Aug 22, 2014 6:26 PM

    I’m just shocked he didn’t have a donut in his mouth…

  4. tigersfandan says: Aug 22, 2014 8:30 PM

    8to80texansblog says:
    Aug 22, 2014 5:05 PM
    When Dantonio said it I thought it was all class…

    This just feels like he’s trying to tag on to Dantonio’s sentiments.

    I like Michigan. I think Michigan being a power in CFB is good for CFB. I just don’t like Hoke. There is just something about him.
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    Well, you can feel that way if you want. Frankly, even as a UM fan that is dissatisfied with the way things are going, I think Hoke is a likeable, genuine, down-to-earth guy.

  5. jrs45 says: Aug 22, 2014 8:50 PM

    I cannot stand michigan at all. With that being said I wouldn’t wish injury upon any player and that includes michigan. I think that’s the one agreement that both teams and fan bases can relate to. If you say otherwise you simply just need help.

  6. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 22, 2014 8:57 PM

    He feels bad for Braxton.

    But I bet he feels pretty good for Michigan!

  7. jrs45 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:37 PM

    Strive for 12 out of 14 doesn’t rely on one player. Keep the beat going Urb!!!

  8. polegojim says: Aug 23, 2014 2:04 AM

    I bleed Maize and Blue… and am surrounded in business by Scarlet and Gray.

    The Game is ‘The Game’ on game day. We want to beat the very best the other can put on the field.

    But not one of us wishes ill or injury on the others team or players. Never have.

  9. Stephen's Crew says: Aug 23, 2014 12:37 PM

    I am saddened as are all of the Michigan family about Braxton Miller getting hurt. I and the Michigan family want to win and beat OHIO at their best. However, I also no that OHIO will not make any excuses.

    For those who wish to put words in Coach Hoke’s mouth I feel sad. I don’t know what will happen this year, but I don’t believe Brady Hoke is going anywhere. It takes time to build a winning program that was very diminished over the past decade.

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