SI’s Mandel gives IU hire of Wilson an “A”

Sports Illustrated’s SI.com college football “Insider” Stewart Mandel gave his take on the recent slate of off-season coaching hires and gave an “A” grade to only two programs: Indiana and Stanford.

Mandel led off his ratings with the Hoosiers’ hiring of Kevin Wilson, writing:

Indiana (Kevin Wilson, Oklahoma offensive coordinator): A

Wilson represents the best of all worlds for the long-dormant Hoosiers. He brings the experience of having spent the past nine years working for a perennial BCS contender. He has Big Ten and Midwest familiarity from his time at Northwestern and Miami (Ohio). And he’s an acclaimed offensive coordinator who will maximize Indiana’s underrated skill talent.

It’s just one guy’s opinion, but it’s a well-informed and influential guy’s opinion.

Aside from Stanford promoting offensive coordinator David Shaw, the only other move garnering a grade above B from Mandel was Michigan’s hire of Brady Hoke, about which Mandel wrote:

Michigan (Brady Hoke, San Diego State head coach): A-

While Jim Harbaugh would have been an A+, Hoke is very much what Michigan needs in the wake of the polarizing Rich Rodriguez era: An old-school Midwesterner with ties to the program (he served on Lloyd Carr’s staff for eight years) who happens to have impressive credentials. Anyone that can win 12 games at Ball State and make San Diego State relevant again knows how to build a program.

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  1. This story makes me feel good in light of the recent controversy with dismissed recruits. It’s hard not to be convinced that we hooked a great coach.

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