Brady Hoke's First Day on the Job
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Jan. 12, 2011

Brady Hoke hit the pillow in Ann Arbor at nearly 4 a.m. Wednesday morning and started his first day as head coach at the crack of dawn. Here's a look at Hoke's whirlwind schedule.

Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET -- Brady Hoke and his wife board a plane to Scottsdale. Ariz., to pick up his daughter then continue on to Ann Arbor.

Wednesday, 3:15 a.m. -- Hoke arrives at athletic director Dave Brandon's home in Ann Arbor where his family spends the night.

11:05 a.m. -- Michigan football players and staff trickle in to the Jack Roth Stadium Club at Michigan Stadium to greet Hoke at a special luncheon. Freshman Cullen Christian works at a laptop getting some work done before meeting his new head coach.

11:30 a.m. -- Hoke and Brandon arrive with Hoke's wife Laura and daughter Kelly.

11:35 a.m. -- Hoke declines the wireless microphone and instead addresses the team with his trademark voice. "It's about the team and the people in this room." Despite his lack of sleep, Hoke was adamant about meeting the team before doing anything else in Ann Arbor.

11:41 a.m. -- Hoke, noting how hungry the offensive linemen must be at this point, sends the seniors to the buffet line. The players feast on salad, baked potatoes, teriyaki chicken, chili, beef brisket and delicious Block M cookies.

11:54: a.m. -- Craig Roh, Ryan Van Bergen and a number of Wolverines introduce themselves to Hoke as he makes his way around the room meeting his players.

12:01 p.m. -- Hoke greets quarterback Denard Robinson with a warm handshake and the two talk for a few minutes.

12:45 p.m. -- Current players start to fill in the rear of the Junge Family Champions Center where the media have been setting up all morning. Troy Woolfolk, Tony Anderson and Brandon Herron are some of the first to arrive.

12:57 p.m. -- Members of the media take their seats.

1:01 p.m. -- Mike Hall of the Big Ten Network and WDIV's Bernie Smilovitz go live.

1:03 p.m. -- Brandon is introduced and steps to the podium.

1:03 p.m. -- Brandon comments on the coaching search: "I didn't know Brady until I spent several hours with him during the search process. I had 12 criteria that I rated all the coaches on, including love for this football program and an intense desire to be here."

1:04 p.m. -- "I learned that all that glitters is not gold."

1:07 p.m. -- "I called Brady yesterday morning and asked him to be our coach. He immediately accepted."

1:09 p.m. -- Hoke steps to the podium as the 19th head coach in Michigan football history.

1:10 p.m. -- "We had quite the night flying cross country. I can promise you we would have walked."

1:15 p.m. -- Hoke fields questions from the media.

1:26 p.m. -- Hoke is asked, "Do you want to be at Michigan forever?" He responds, "No doubt."

1:36 p.m. -- On the Michigan/Ohio State game: "It's the most important game of the year. It's almost personal."

1:46 p.m. -- Hoke leaves the podium and heads into the Michigan locker room for one-on-one TV interviews.

1:48 p.m. -- Hoke sits down with Fox 2's Woody Woodruff. Four photographers shoot the interview.

1:52 p.m. -- Hoke sits down with WXYZ's Tom Leyden. Leyden asks about a honeymoon period with Michigan: "I had a honeymoon when I married my wife," Hoke quips.

1:58 p.m. -- Hoke sits down with Smilovitz and is interrupted by Stan Edwards, who congratulates him on the position. Hoke: "We have to embrace the legacy and the traditions and be accountable to them."

2:12 p.m. -- Former players gather at the edge of the locker room waiting for the interview to finish. Once Hoke is done, Glen Steele, Ben Mast and Aaron Shea chat with him. Assistant equipment manager Bob Bland takes Hoke into the coaches' locker room to show him his new locker complete with nameplate.

2:33 p.m. -- Equipment manager Jon Falk fetches bottles of water in the stadium equipment room for Hoke during a brief lull in interviews.

2:38 p.m. -- Hoke does more television interviews then re-enters the Junge Center for more questions from the media.

3:00 p.m. -- Hoke, Brandon, their families and former Wolverines take the elevator up to the Jack Roth Stadium Club for a second reception, this one with the entire Michigan athletic department.

3:07 p.m. -- Hoke and his family are introduced to U-M President Mary Sue Coleman.

3:08 p.m. -- Brandon takes the microphone. "Sorry we're late. There seems to be some media attention today."

3:10 p.m. -- Hoke is introduced to the athletic department as the new Michigan football head coach.

3:15 p.m. -- Coleman welcomes the Hokes to Michigan and thanks Brandon for a successful coaching search.

4:20 p.m. -- Hoke, Brandon and their families leave Michigan Stadium and drive to Schembechler Hall where Hoke takes a tour of his new home.


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