Michigan football coach Brady Hoke headed to Breslin Center for U-M/MSU basketball game
Who would have thought it?
But it's happening.
The football coach will attend Tuesday night's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State in East Lansing, according to a Michigan spokesman. He'll be joined at the game by his wife, Laura, as well as defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and his wife, Ann.
Breslin Center is expected to be a wild scene, with No. 4 Michigan (21-3, 8-2) and No. 8 Michigan State (20-4, 9-2) playing each other as top 10 teams for the first time in the series' history. It'll be interesting to note how the crowd -- and specifically, the Izzone -- handles Hoke's presence.
It's highly unusual for a Michigan football coach to travel for an away regular-season basketball game. Hoke has attended multiple games in his two years as football coach, including last week's matchup against Ohio State, but he isn't believed to have made a previous road trip.
It's unclear why Hoke chose this game to attend, although it's worth noting several high-level prospects will be on hand, including Drake Harris. The Grand Rapids Christian star, ranked the country's No. 4 receiver according to Rivals, is committed to Michigan State but has said he still plans to explore his options.
Detroit Loyola defensive end Malik McDowell -- ranked by Rivals as the No. 21 overall player in the country -- has tweeted he'll attend as well.
Hoke is not permitted to speak with recruits at the game, per NCAA rules. But his presence in East Lansing surely will be felt, which should provide an interesting dynamic.
Especially if the Izzone gets involved.
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