Are you kidding me?!!!! Wisconsin had the #1 pass efficiency defense in 2006 and #2 scoring defense (12.1 ppg) along with the #5 total defense. Even this year at UW, the 39th ranking (358.6) would be the best we’ve seen since the mid 1990s. At the risk of sounding Shanoff-esque, this may be the best hire we’ve made since Gary Barnett.
This is just what the doctor ordered. Congrats to Pat Fitzgerald and his colleagues for landing what I consider to be a coup.
I would also like to point out congratulations to TurkReport.com for breaking this story first. Turk has, in the past month, been out in front on the Colby firing, McGee departure and now this. Kudos. Let’s hope someone in the mainstream media actually gives him credit (I doubt it). On the same note, LTP’s credibility takes a hit with this announcement as I posted a month ago that Tim Kish from Arizona had the inside track. I have no new information to dispute that was not true, but the bottom line is that I was wrong.
Welcome to the program Mike Hankwitz! We know you’re no stranger having been a Michigan Big Ten Champion in 1969, and although we did not face you in 2006, we are thrilled to have someone who knows the conference so well. And I think the “rivalry” with Madtown just dialed up about 10 notches. How fitting that Fitz was able to pull someone from the Barnett network AND he’s from the Bo Schembechler coaching tree!