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Posted on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 8:58 a.m.

Top 5 quotes from Michigan football team's press conference Wednesday

By Pete Bigelow

On Wednesday, the Michigan football team’s entire coaching staff met with reporters to share news about the team, spring practices, recruiting and more.

Here’s a quick sampling of what they had to say:

“The thing that has been pretty clear to them is that this is not an entitlement program.” - Brady Hoke, saying he’ll play no favorites among returning players.


“If Brady got another head-coaching job somewhere else, if it wasn’t Michigan, I probably wouldn’t have done it.” - Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, on his decision to leave the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL for the Wolverines.


“I’m sure there were times I was driving Brian nuts, because I was being driven nuts. Coaching quarterbacks is more my M.O.” - Michigan offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Al Borges, on watching Brian Sipe coach the QBs at San Diego State the past two years. Borges has coached quarterbacks 22 of his 25 years in college football.


“The running backs, if this goes how we’d like it to go, they’ll be the biggest beneficiary of the transformation.” - Al Borges, on switching from the spread offense to a pro-style set.


“We probably write close to 1,000 hand-written notes a day.” - wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski on how the Wolverines are playing catch-up in recruiting.


Bonus quote: "I know that they know that I know who they are." - returning running backs coach Fred Jackson, on whether he has an edge on other coaches because he already knows his personnel so well.

Pete Bigelow covers Michigan football for He can be reached at (734) 623-2556, via email at and followed on Twitter @PeterCBigelow.



Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

Lol, Fred "I know that they know that I know" that they know that I know that they know that I know~

Blu n Tpa

Fri, Mar 11, 2011 : 2:55 p.m.

It there a point here?


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 6:21 p.m.

Just chit chat, it's time for the season to start. Oh ya, I gotta suffer through a summer of baseball first.


Thu, Mar 10, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

GIDDY-UP !! and GO BLUE... just can't wait till SHOWTIME !!!