Over the last three months, Mike Mauk and I have had some dealings with the executive director of the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association. Last weekend, we were guests at their annual MHSFCA High School Football Clinic.
Coach Mauk and Toledo Central Catholic's Greg Dempsey both spoke at the Clinic. They both had excellent presentations, speaking on offensive football. Next month two high school speakers from Michigan ill be speaking at our clinic. Hopefully, over the coming years we will continue the process.
Also, at the chance to visit with Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio. Coach and I have known each other for along time. He actually smiled some and laughed alittle. Dantonio, may be one of the best at seeing potential in high school football players and then maximizing that potential. Of course, I can only speak for prospects in Ohio, but Coach continually amazes me. Groveport's Le'Veon Bell comes to mind. He is leaving early and is projected as a second or third round choice.
Brady Hoke and I have known each other for over twenty years. He is what Michigan football is all about. What you see is what you get with Coach Hoke. Down to earth. When Coach speaks at different clinics, he talks defensive football. Some coaches talk philosophy, but not Hoke. Also always have fun joking with the Michigan staff in regards to the competition between the Buckeyes in not just recruiting, but anything in football. For those people who beg to have the "Rivalry Back," trust me, Coach Urban Meyer and Coach Hoke are leading the charge.
Kalamazoo was a trip for the "old dog," but well worth it. We are working on a project to get the Michigan and Ohio high schools working together. If things go well, the project should be alot of fun. Long ways away, but who knows. The only thing that I know for sure is that the University of Michigan and Ohio State University football programs' rivalry is not just that last game in November. The rivalry is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.