NOTEBOOK: Michigan football coach Brady Hoke works on his camps, his travel and other notes
With spring practice over and recruits committing at almost a weekly pace, Michigan football coach Brady Hoke has turned his attention to other things — starting to prepare for the 2011 season and also working on the structure of his summer camps.
Hoke will have two “Wolverine Technique Schools” next month, teaching basics about football and strength and conditioning.
The camp for high school students will be from June 19-23 and for youth (grades 6-8) from June 24-26.
Much like everything else Hoke has tried to implement since he arrived in Ann Arbor in January, he is hoping it will grow.
“There was a time where we had close to a couple thousand kids that would participate and to bring them into camp and teach them how to play the game of football,” Hoke said. “That’s why you do it.
“There’s always a recruiting element to it but it’s really to teach the game of football, to teach a guard how to pull and a defensive lineman how to use his hands.”
On the road Hoke has also spent time traveling around the country talking to groups of football alumni, in part to introduce himself and also to sell his vision for the future of Michigan.
These off-season tours are a staple of many programs — Tennessee has a caravan of coaches throughout the south and Indiana has an in-state tour for instance — to help connect coaches with fans and former players.
“It’s been great,” Hoke said. “We’ve had some where there are 7 or 8 guys there but there are guys talking about Michigan, Michigan football and reconnecting. The one we had in Detroit at Hockeytown on Tuesday night, we had about 60, maybe a little more than that.
“As we were leaving some of them said, ‘Coach, we’ll double that next year.’”
Hoke isn’t done with the tours. While he said he hasn’t made every stop, he plans on attending the one in Chicago and possibly Cincinnati.
This and that Hoke said he’s not expecting any more attrition from his current roster. Cornerback Cullen Christian recently left the team and safety Ray Vinopal left Ann Arbor earlier this spring. He also said he hasn’t paid much attention to the growing scandal at rival Ohio State, saying, “I have too many other things here to worry about.”