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).
Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other
Friday January 1
Outback Bowl; Tampa, FL, Noon ET, ESPN2
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 10-2 and ranked #13 in the nation.
Mike DeBord (Tight Ends Coach 1992-94; OL Coach 1995-96; Offensive Coordinator 1997-99 and 2006-07; Special Teams Coordinator 2004-05):
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07):
DeBord is in his first season as Offensive Coordinator and Stripling is in his third season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers are 8-4 and ranked #23 in the land.
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl; Orlando, FL, 1:00pm ET, ABC
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
Michigan, #14 in the country and 9-3, faces off against Florida.
Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
Florida is 10-2 and #19 in the country.
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Saturday December 19
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl; Atlanta, GA, Noon ET, ABC
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves, back-to-back SWAC Conference champs, are 9-3. They square off against North Carolina A&T.
The Cure Bowl; Orlando, FL, Noon ET, CBS Sports Network
Adam Stenavich (offensive lineman 2001-05), OL Coach; and
Al Borges (Offensive Coordinator 2011-13), Offensive Coordinator; and
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10), Defensive Coordinator; and
Dan Ferrigno (Tight Ends Coach 2011-14), Special Teams Coordinator
All now with San Jose State University. The Spartans, 5-7, will play Georgia State.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl; Albuquerque, NM, 2:00pm ET, ESPN
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10), WR Coach; and
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10), Offensive Coordinator; and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10), QB Coach;
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez.
The Wildcats finished their season 6-6, and will face New Mexico.
Tuesday December 22
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; Boise, Idaho, 3:30pm ET, ESPN
Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 7-5 Zips will kick off against the Aggies of Utah State.
Thursday December 24
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl; Nassau, Bahamas, Noon ET, ESPN
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The Broncos, 6-6, face Middle Tennessee.
Saturday December 26
St. Petersburg Bowl; St. Petersburg, FL, 11:00am ET, ESPN
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 9-3, will play Connecticut.
Hyundai Sun Bowl; El Paso, TX, 2:00pm ET, CBS
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State.
The Cougars are 8-4, and will face Miami.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl; Yankee Stadium, 3:30pm ET, ABC
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 6-6, face Duke in the Bronx, New York.
Camping World Independence Bowl; Shreveport, LA, 5:45pm ET, ESPN
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
The Hokies, 6-6, will play Tulsa in Frank Beamer’s final game as Head Coach.
Tuesday December 29
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
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.
LSU is 8-3 and #20 in the land. They will face Texas Tech.
Friday January 1
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl; Glendale, AZ, 1:00pm ET, ESPN
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the Linebackers Coach for Notre Dame.
The 10-2 Irish, ranked 8th in the land, will take on 7th ranked Ohio State.
Saturday January 2
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl; Phoenix, AZ, 10:15pm ET, ESPN
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia; and
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10):
Gibson is now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia, and Tall is the Defensive Line Coach.
West Virginia, 7-5, plays Arizona State.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator.
The Mocs ended the regular season 8-3 and ranked #7 in FCS, have won their third straight conference championship. They defeated Fordham in the first round of the playoffs, then lost to James Madison in overtime in the second round.
Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14): Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo; and
Roy Roundtree (Wide Receiver 2008-12): Now Wide Receivers Coach for the ThunderWolves
The Thunderwolves ended the regular season 10-1. They won the first two round of the playoffs, then fell to Grand Valley State in the third round.
Mark Smith (Linebackers Coach 2011-13; Defensive Line Coach 2014):
Smith is in his first season as the Defensive Line Coach with Florida Tech.
The Panthers ended their season with a 7-4 record.
Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99):
Member of the 1997 National Championship team and a senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach.
A Division II squad, Wildcats finished the 5-6 on the season.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns finished 5-7.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints.
The Saints finished their season 4-6.
Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The Grizzlies finished their season with a 3-8 record.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third and final season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse ended the season 3-9 and Shafer was fired as Head Coach.
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Now Tight Ends Coach for Purdue.
The Boilers finished with a 2-10 record.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The Cowboys ended their season 2-10.
Derrick Alexander (wide receiver 1989-93):
A senior on Team 114, Alexander is now the Wide Receivers Coach at Wilmington College.
The Quakers of Division III, finished their season 1-9.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94):
A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.