Brady Hoke's dad: You're going to get butt kicked at Michigan
Michigan coach Brady Hoke reflects on his late father, John, and the great football memories he shares with his dad.
Father's Day offers everyone, around sports and outside of them, the chance to reflect and recall memories that hold families together.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke did that recently.
Hoke's father, John, passed away in 2012 from lung cancer but not before he had the chance to watch his son win a Sugar Bowl with the Wolverines.
The memory brought back a funny annual tradition he kept with his father that included John attending the first spring practice of each new year and offering a blunt assessment of Brady's football team.
“He’d walk around, and he’d go to the offensive linemen, he’d go to the defensive linemen, he’d watch practice and we’d go home,” said Hoke, now Michigan’s football coach. “I’d pour him a vodka, I’d get a beer, and I’d say, ‘What did you think?’ He said, ‘You’re going to get your (butt) kicked.’ I’d ask why, and he’d say, ‘Because you have no (butts) or legs on your linemen.’
“We go to San Diego State, he comes to the first practice, walks around, we go home, and I pour him a vodka, I get a beer, and asked him, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘You’re going to get your (butt) kicked. You’ve got no (butts) or legs on your linemen.’ At Michigan the first spring, he walks around, looks at the D-linemen, then the offensive linemen, we go home, I pour him a vodka, I get a beer, and I ask him what does he think. He said, ‘You’re going to get your (butt) kicked.’ ”
“We win the Sugar Bowl, we’re in the hotel, and I asked, ‘So what do you think?’ ” Hoke said. “He said, ‘Well, you fooled me.’ I remember that to this day. And I poured him a vodka, and I got a beer.”