New University of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is walking into a rough situation, taking charge of a program that fell flat on its face a number of times during Rich Rodriguez’s three-year tenure in Ann Arbor.
So Hoke, formerly coach at San Diego State and Ball State, wants to instill a fighting spirit in his players.
What better way to do it than to spotlight Navy SEALs?
No Ron Burgundy jokes here, folks – Hoke has given each one of his players a trident.
The players are buying in.
“We’ve been studying them a lot,” defensive lineman Will Heininger said about the SEALs. “Coach Hoke has a great respect for them, as do we, as a team, and he taught us about them.”
Each trident has a player’s name on it, and the tridents are now hanging in Michigan’s football building.
Added Heininger: “There are some lessons we can learn from what they do.”
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