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 Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other
Northwestern (3-6) at #15 Notre Dame (7-2); 3:30pm ET, NBC
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
Hankwitz played under Bump Elliot and Bo; Elston played under Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr.
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 4-5, visit #19 Duke in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 3-6 49ers of the FCS host Wesley College at noon ET.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints, 6-3, ranked 20th in NAIA, visit 3rd ranked Grandview (Iowa) in a 1:00pm ET, noon CT kickoff. Lyall led the squad to this year’s Mid-States Football Association Mideast League championship in team’s 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 2-8 Wildcats close out their season in a 1:00pm ET kickoff against Findlay.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots host Coppin State in a 1:00pm ET kickoff.
Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS, 7-3, visit North Dakota in a 1:00pm ET, 12:00pm CT kickoff. With two games to play, Northern Arizona controls its own destiny in the race for the Big Sky Conference Championship.
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 6-3, host Eastern Michigan in a 2:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3. Western Michigan is 4-1 in the MAC West, tied for the division lead.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd, 9-0 and ranked #21, host Rice at 2:30pm ET.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga, 7-3 and ranked #9 in FCS, visit Tennessee Tech in a 2:30pm ET kickoff. Braithwaite is part of a team which has already won its conference this season.
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-6, visit Rutgers at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 6-3, visit Texas Tech at 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on ESPN.
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, 7-2 and ranked #19 in the nation, host Washington in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on FOX.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 4-5, host Kentucky in a 4:00pm ET kickoff on the SEC Network.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-6, host Hawaii in a 4:30pm ET, 1:30pm PT game.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 8-2 Braves, who have clinched the SWAC East championship, host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 5:00pm ET kickoff.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas, 5-5, visits Oklahoma State, 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX.
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, 7-3 and ranked #20 in the land, visit Arkansas, 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT on ESPN2.
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, have a bye this week.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-4, have a bye this week.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-7, has a bye this week.