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 Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The Broncos are now 6-3 and in first place in MAC-West after 54-7 win over Ball State on Thursday night.
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, 4-4, hosted BYU Friday night.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); and Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10):
Gibson is now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia, and Tall is the Defensive Line Coach.
The 3-4 Mountaineers host Texas Tech, noon ET on Fox Sports 1.
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Malone is in his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach.
Purdue, 2-6, hosts Illinois at noon ET on Big Ten Network.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The 6-2 Wildcats, #21 in the land, host Penn State, noon ET on ESPNU.
Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 3-5 Zips visit Massachusetts at noon ET on CBS Sports Network.
Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
Florida, 7-1 and #10 in the country, host Vanderbilt at noon ET on ESPN.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The 7-1 Irish, ranked 5th in the land, visit Pitt, noon ET on ABC.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-5, visits Louisville, 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints.
The 3-5 Saints host Trinity International in a 1:00pm ET kickoff.
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 6-3 Panthers of Division II host #1 ranked West Georgia, 1:00pm ET.
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, the 5-4 Wildcats host 3rd ranked Ferris State, 1:00pm ET.
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, 1-7, host Ohio Northern, 1:30pm ET.
Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The Grizzlies, 3-6, visit Fort Lewis College, 2:00pm ET, noon MT.
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, 8-1 and ranked #4 in Division II, host Colorado Mesa, 2:00pm ET, 12:00pm MT
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The 1-8 Cowboys host Colorado State, 3:00pm ET, 1:00pm MT on ESPN3.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC, 5-2, host Prairie View A&M, 3:00pm ET.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines, 6-2 and #17 in the land, host Rutgers at 3:30pm ET on Big Ten Network.
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 4-4, host 9th ranked Iowa, 3:30pm ET on ESPN.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 8-1, visit Middle Tennessee, 3:30pm ET.
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State.
The Cougars, 5-3, host Arizona State, 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT, on Fox Sports 1.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator.
The Mocs, 7-1 and ranked #3 in FCS, visit Mercer, 4:00pm ET on ESPN3.
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, 4-4, host South Carolina, 4:00pm ET on SEC Network.
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, 7-0 and #2 in the land, visit 4th ranked Alabama, 8:00pm ET on CBS.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 3-5, host Kansas, 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT on the Longhorn Network.
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, 5-4, visit Southern Cal, 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT, on ESPN.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94):
A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.
The Patriots, 0-6, take on Tusculum.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
The Hokies, 4-5, have a bye this week.