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Mike Hart moves into coaching

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When Mike Hart was at Michigan, he seemed like a natural leader that could make a great coach one day.

That day has arrived a little sooner than expected.

Eastern Michigan has confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that Hart has joined coach Ron English’s staff at EMU. English was at Michigan when Hart was a student. ┬áHart was a free agent and we don’t know if he’s closed the door on a possible return to the NFL.

Hart averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry in 43 carries for the Colts last year. ┬áHe played three seasons with Indy, but wasn’t offered a tender as a restricted free agent this year.

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28 Responses to “Mike Hart moves into coaching”
  1. lionsnationdotcom says: Aug 17, 2011 3:49 PM

    GO BLUE!!!

  2. trbowman says: Aug 17, 2011 3:51 PM

    Great guy Mike Hart is, hope he excels.

  3. nyctexan says: Aug 17, 2011 3:53 PM

    Interesting, thought he coulda been a serviceable backup RB.

  4. readysethike says: Aug 17, 2011 3:53 PM

    Question: how come none of your big name free agents ever say “hey i want to go to indy to play with Peyton Manning”

    is it because its Indiana, and there in a small market?

  5. june20102002 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:57 PM

    Wow. He was young. Henne, Manningham, Jake Long, and Arrington (I think) are all still in the league. Pretty good back in college.

  6. benacci says: Aug 17, 2011 3:57 PM

    Good Job Mike

  7. sonvar says: Aug 17, 2011 3:58 PM

    I’m an OSU fan but it was disappointing to not see Mike Hart succeed in the NFL. He was a major force in their offense for some time. Hopefully he does well at EMU as a coach

  8. readysethike says: Aug 17, 2011 4:00 PM

    also they need an upgrade at RB, Joseph Addai just skips his feet. although there not your typical running team and probably don’t have a full back on the roster, but they could’ve gone after Sprioles, Michael Bush, Reggie Bush, Ronnie Brown etc.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Aug 17, 2011 4:01 PM

    Thanks. I’ll cross him off my fantasy football draft cheat sheet.

  10. sterilizecromartie says: Aug 17, 2011 4:03 PM

    As a Colts fan, I wish he remained in Indy. An all around solid player.

    Can’t say the same about that bum Donald Brown.

  11. souljalb says: Aug 17, 2011 4:04 PM

    That is good thing. When it comes to those bills, they can careless about free agency. Keep that money rollin!

  12. brownsfn says: Aug 17, 2011 4:14 PM

    Why is it that the scumbags stick in the NFL but good guys like Hart nobody wants to give a chance…such a shame…yet Pacman and Vick is on an NFL roster…*eyes roll*….

  13. pryor4heisman says: Aug 17, 2011 4:17 PM

    He was a bigmouth PUNK in college who choked against tOSU and he was a pathetic scrub in the NFL. Good riddance and WHO CARES

  14. gdive says: Aug 17, 2011 4:21 PM

    Good luck Lil Sis.

    Go Green! Go White!

  15. norcaleagles says: Aug 17, 2011 4:29 PM

    STERILIZECROMARTIE, Thats funny because I remember I wanted Donald Brown to go to the Eagles. Looking back at it, Im sure glad Philly ended up with Lesean McCoy instead. And to BROWNSFAN, Im guessing its because those “scumbags” are still performing at an NFL level and still making plays. Just a guess, but who knows?

  16. jacksaysfu says: Aug 17, 2011 4:30 PM

    @brownsfn : Stop hating on Vick , he did his time and has been a leader since his comeback . You would be thrilled to have him on your joke of a team , oh wait you have the great Colt McCoy . Stand on your moral pedestal while staying @ the bottom of the North .

  17. thebiblestudent says: Aug 17, 2011 4:33 PM

    The reason there are not more players clamoring to go to Indy is because they know that (1) they will not get a big contract because most the Colts money is tied up in Peyton, Freeney, Wayne, Mathis, Clark, etc… (2) The Colts believe firmly in building through the draft, not in signing people that couldn’t make it on their own team or are more about money. As Jim Irsay said a few weeks ago, “we didn’t make it to two Superbowls in the past five years by signing other teams’ problem players.”

  18. thebiblestudent says: Aug 17, 2011 4:34 PM

    Oh, and the best of luck to Mike Hart as he moves on to a far easier (physically at least) job in football.

  19. essentialsausage says: Aug 17, 2011 4:40 PM

    Why do people keep talking about what a great guy Hart is? He was a punk who always ran his mouth in college.

  20. buckybadger says: Aug 17, 2011 4:41 PM

    Even as a Badger fan I always liked this guy. Best of luck.

  21. tomforprez says: Aug 17, 2011 4:41 PM

    that’s a smart upstate-New Yorker right there…he’ll get another shot but he’s not going to be a dumbass and go make everything he’s made so far rain on some stage.

    well played mike, hope you’re back soon

  22. buckybadger says: Aug 17, 2011 4:42 PM

    @brownsfn, being a nice guy doesn’t mean you can play. They aren’t playing on Sunday to see who is the best bunch of nice guys. They are playing to win football games. Hart is a great guy but he never had NFL speed to play RB.

  23. mwcarolina says: Aug 17, 2011 4:43 PM

    bad move for a team not to sign him to a short term deal, he still has potential

  24. wryly1 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:47 PM

    While at Michigan, Hart arrogantly dismissed Michigan State (now a superior program) as ‘little brother’. Okay Mike, now that you’ve gone belly-up as a player, what does that make Eastern Michigan in Yysilanti – which Ann Arborites belittle as Ypsi-tucky?

  25. vahawker says: Aug 17, 2011 4:52 PM

    Watched him play DB in the NY High School Championship game and plant a WR into the Carrier Dome surface. If you look closely near the bench side 45 yard line, you can still the dent the guy made in the concrete.

    Always a mentor through High School, even then it was always assumed he would be a coach.

  26. dgreenfi says: Aug 17, 2011 5:25 PM

    I bet he would have gotten another shot if he didn’t get hurt last year. No one wants to take a chance on a 2nd/3rd string RB they might have injury problems with. Strange though since he always held up well at Michigan.

    Best of luck at EMU and we’ll see you back at Michigan next year when English gets fired.

  27. tlight131 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:32 PM

    I’m not sure he cares about playing or the money as much as he just loves the game of fooseball. Good luck Mr. Hart enjoyed watching you.

    @Pryor4heisman, choking is one thing. Taking money and incentives from boosters is another, figure out which one matters more on a moral scale and get back to me.

  28. imjinbrdgr says: Aug 17, 2011 9:02 PM

    Mike was all heart! I don’t remember what game it was but I remember Hart in a Michigan game having carried like 40+ times and being so worn out he had to hang on to the lineman in huddle just to stand up, but when the ball was snapped he was still banging into the line and driving guys twice his size back 3 + yards. If you don’t like a guy like that then you don’t like football.

    As for pryor4 heisman your name alone defines you as a moron.

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