Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines coaching connection. Former Michigan players and coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend (all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Thursday Night Game
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-5, fell to #12 Kansas State 26-20.
Friday Night Game
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-7, visit Utah State in a Friday Night 9:30pm ET, 7:30pm MT kick on ESPN2.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd, 10-0 and ranked #18, visit UAB at 12:00pm ET.
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 7-3 and ranked #23 in the land, host Kansas at noon ET on FOX Sports 1.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 4-6, visit Purdue in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-7, visit Ohio State at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 4-6 49ers of the FCS host Morehead State at noon ET.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 5-5, visit Wake Forest in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 7-3, visit Central Michigan in a 1:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3. Western Michigan is 5-1 in the MAC West, in a three-way tie for the division lead.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 9-2, are #23 in the nation in Div I-AA, and have clinched the SWAC East championship. They host Jackson State in a 3:00pm ET kickoff.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga, 8-3 and ranked #9 in FCS, visit Furman in a 3:30pm ET kickoff. Braithwaite is part of a team which has has won its conference this season.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-3, host Louisville, 3:30pm ET on NBC.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach.
The Wildcats are 8-2, ranked #15 in the nation, and tied for second place in the Pac-12 South. They visit #20 Utah in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on ESPN.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
The Wolverines, 5-5, host Maryland at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-7, visits Pittsburgh in a 3:30pm ET kickoff on ESPNU.
Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS, 7-4 and tied for third in the Big Sky Conference, host Southern Utah in a 4pm ET, 2pm MT kickoff.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 5-5, host #19 Missouri in a 7:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas, 6-5, has a bye this week.
Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 7-4, have a bye this week.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints finished the season 6-4, and were co-champs of the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition.
Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats finished their season 3-8.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.