Michigan recognizes former coach Gary Moeller during home finale vs. Iowa
ANN ARBOR -- Brady Hoke couldn't help himself on the sideline Saturday.
Michigan was in the middle of trying to complete a second consecutive unbeaten home schedule, when Hoke looked down toward the north end zone and broke out into applause.
Why? Because, standing on the field getting a loud ovation from 113,000-plus on hand Saturday was former Wolverine coach Gary Moeller.
And Hoke thought that was pretty cool.
"That means a lot," Hoke said after the game with a smile on his face. "Coach Mo as a person and a coach, as a man, he means a lot.
"He means a lot to Michigan."
Moeller and several members of his 1992 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl winning squad were recognized on the field Saturday during Michigan's 42-17 win over Iowa.
It was a proud moment for Hoke, who was actually brought to Michigan by Moeller prior to the 1995 season.
Unfortunately for both, however, they never actually got to work with one another.
Moeller was fired from Michigan after an offseason, alcohol-related arrest prior to the 1995 campaign -- eventually leading to Lloyd Carr's promotion as head coach.
Carr generally gets plenty of credit when it comes to Michigan's success post-Bo Schembechler, but it's tough to forget what Moeller accomplished as Schembechler's immediate replacement -- going 44-13-3 in just five seasons as the program's head coach.
On the field during the game, Moeller was obviously grateful for the reception he received Saturday -- both from Hoke, and the rest of the Michigan Stadium crowd.
"Obvioiusly it's very, very special," he told the Michigan Radio Network during the game. "Any time you get the players around you that you were able to coach, it's very, very special.
"And (to be back in) this stadium, it's just super."