Although there is much hatred in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry, there is also a certain amount of respect between the two sides. Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes were two of the fiercest competitors around, but they respected each other, and that attitude still seems to be around today.â†µ
Jim Tressel's new enemy in Michigan is Brady Hoke, who refuses to even utter "Ohio State" or wear the color red. Obviously there is a level of hatred for the other side, but Tressel definitely seems to respect Hoke.â†µ
"Brady's awesome," Tressel said today at the Big Ten spring meetings at the Palmer House Hilton. "Anything that's good for the Ohio State-Michigan game, I'm for. And Brady's good for it."â†µ
"He visited us when he was at Ball State. Good man."â†µ
I can't speak for Hoke, but you would imagine he respects Tressel's abilities as a football coach. Tressel said he has known Hoke for quite some time, so it seems the two coaches in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry yet again are friends.â†µ
Now, Tressel's actions off the field probably don't draw much respect. There's no doubting Tressel is a good coach, but I think it's become pretty obvious he is lacking in the integrity department. Even so, at the least there is likely still a mutual respect on the field between Tressel and Hoke.