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BRADY HOKE
DAN GREENE
August 21, 2012
ON SAFER TACKLING AND SEEKING OUT THE SPOTLIGHT
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August 21, 2012

Brady Hoke

ON SAFER TACKLING AND SEEKING OUT THE SPOTLIGHT

SI: You've said your first season was a failure because you didn't win the Big Ten. What, then, was the highlight?

BH: After the Sugar Bowl and after the Ohio State game, the kids and their reaction and their smiles, all those things that go with it. The team aspect and being committed and accountable to each other is something that you could see growing through the year.

SI: You've said you don't even use e-mail, but how much do you emphasize to your players to be smart about social media?

BH: We talk all the time. It's the wave of the future, obviously, but it can be a very positive thing or a very negative thing. With the advent of Twitter and all those things, I think you always need to have the conversation. Our job is to mold great husbands, fathers and people who go back to the community.

SI: HOW MUCH ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE OPENER AGAINST ALABAMA?

BH: THOSE ARE THE KIND OF GAMES WE WANT TO PLAY AT MICHIGAN, THE ONES THAT GUYS COME TO SCHOOL HERE FOR—[ON] THE BIG STAGE.

SI: Has the knowledge that we're gaining about concussions caused you to coach any differently?

BH: [Looking out] for the [welfare] of the players [is] very good for the game of football. I think the education of how you tackle and where you're tackling—and not using yourself or your head as a weapon—is important.

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