Thursday Happy Hour is taking a long weekend

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03: Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with the trophy after Michigan won 23-20 in overtime against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

...and not for the spring game.

I'll be heading to Chicago today for a wedding, and doing so in that proud old American tradition of the road trip. Of course, living in the southeast corner of Virginia means that there isn't much time today to write sarcastic links posts. Fifteen hours on the road will do that.

Anyway, here are the links for the day. See you next week, and for those of you going to the spring game, enjoy.

Brady Hoke’s attitude? Pass the Sugar, please

The team that erased the stench of the Rich Rodriguez era, that set an entirely new course faster than anyone had a right to anticipate, that restored a culture of winning in Ann Arbor—that beat Ohio State for the first time since 2003—it failed.

It failed?

"It wasn’t a successful season," senior safety Jordan Kovacs said on Tuesday, four days before the Maize and Blue spring game. "Our mission every year is to win a Big Ten championship, and we didn’t do that."

Hoke = gets it.

Michigan to Paint #GOBLUE Hashtag on Field for Mott Spring Game

#Lame

Recruit Files: E.J. Levenberry - Michigan is going to have a few high profile visitors in town for the spring game, but arguably none will be bigger than Levenberry. The five-star linebacker is one of the highest uncommitted prospects remaining on Michigan's board, and after a week in Tallahassee that only pulled the Noles even with Michigan at the top of his list, it is entirely possible that this weekend seals the deal for the Wolverines.

Brady Hoke talks early recruiting success - Pretty standard fare here. The coaches are working hard, aiming for high character kids, and doing their best to evaluate talent. No mention of Hoke pooping magic.

Jordan Kovacs: Michigan-Ohio State rivalry will 'take that next step' after Urban Meyer hire

"You’ve got two storied programs with storied tradition and, as far as I know, it’s never been about the coaches, it’s always been about the schools in that rivalry and the intensity of that whole week when you get ready to play each other," Hoke said.

Yeah, Hoke totally gets it.

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