Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend

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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):

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Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Thanksgiving Day

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, visit Texas A&M at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT 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, hosts #6 TCU at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX Sports 1.

Friday Games

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 8-3, host Northern Illinois at 11:00am ET on ESPNU. Western Michigan is 6-1 in the MAC West, in a three-way tie for the division lead.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.The Herd, 11-0 and ranked #19, host Western Kentucky at 12:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1.

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 9-2, ranked #12 in the nation, and tied for first place in the Pac-12 South. They host #13 Arizona State in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on FOX. Winner will be at least PAC-12 South co-champ.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 5-6, host Virginia at 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

Saturday Games

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, 5-6, visit #7 Ohio State in a noon ET kickoff on ABC.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 5-6, host Illinois in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-5, visit Iowa State, noon ET, 11am CT, on FOX Sports 1.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-8, host Purdue at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-8, visits Boston College in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-8, visit San Diego State in a 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT kick on CBS Sports Network.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-4, visit USC at 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT 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, 5-6, visit Vanderbilt in a 4:00pm ET kickoff on the SEC Network.

Bye Week

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with #20 Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 8-3 and ranked #23 in the land, have a bye this week.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga finished the regular season 9-3 and ranked #8 in FCS. The Mocs have a first round bye in the FCS playoffs; they will host the winner of the Eastern Kentucky – Indiana State matchup. Here is the FCS (Divsion I-AA) playoff bracket.

Season Completed

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. Lyall was named Coach of the Year for the conference.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves finished their season 9-3, winners of the SWAC East conference.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS finished their season with a record of 7-5.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers of the FCS finished with a record of 5-6.

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.

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014 Week 13

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Thanksgiving Day

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 7-4, host Chicago at 12:30pm ET on FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 7-4, host Seattle, 8:30pm ET on FOX.

Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Cleveland, 7-4, at Buffalo, 6-5, 1:00pm ET on CBS, Sunday
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
Moeller was Anderson’s position coach at Michigan during Anderson’s last two seasons playing for the Wolverines.

New York Giants, 3-8, at Jacksonville, 1-10, 1:00pm ET on FOX, Sunday
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
Herrmann and Mallory were linebackers and teammates on the 1981 and 1982 squads. The 1982 team won the Big Ten Championship, falling to UCLA in the Rose Bowl 24-14.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Sunday

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 4-7, visit Pittsburgh, 1:00pm ET on FOX.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 9-2, visit Atlanta, 4:05pm ET on FOX.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 8-3, host New England, 4:25pm ET on CBS.

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Beating Your Rival

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Brady Hoke will be Michigan’s ninth head football coach to face Ohio State for a fourth time. How have the other eight Michigan coaches fared in their first four games against the Buckeyes?

First 4 v OSU
Ties are counted as 0.5 wins.

To paraphrase Herm Edwards, as Michigan Head Coach you are paid to win The Game.

Most National Championship coaches in the BCS era won at least three of the first four against their main rival.
Nat Champ first 4 v rival
Ties are counted as 0.5 wins.

For Michigan’s next head coach, winning at least three of his first four games against Ohio State will, from a historical perspective, be important for Big Ten and National Championship aspirations.

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014 Week 12

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 7-3, visit Minnesota 1pm ET on FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 7-3, visit New England, 1pm ET on FOX.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The Browns, 6-4, visit Atlanta in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, 1-9, visit Indianapolis in a 1:00pm ET kickoff on CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 9-1, visit Seattle, 4:05pm ET on FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 6-4, host Washington, 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 3-7, host Dallas, 8:30pm ET on NBC.

Monday Night

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
The Bills, 5-5, will square off against the New York Jets at Ford Field in Detroit. 7pm ET on CBS.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 4-6, host Baltimore in the Monday Night game, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

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Brady Hoke Through 50 Games

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The First 50

With the 23-16 loss to Maryland, Brady Hoke has now coached 50 games for Michigan, with a record of 31-19. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 50 games for the maize and blue?

50 L MD
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 50 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
50 L MD

Summary

Trend 50 L MD
Brady Hoke Wins in first 50 games: 31

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 37.8; Median is 39.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 39.3; Median is 40.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2014 Week 13 Preview

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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):

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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.

Saturday Games

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.

Bye Week

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.

Season Completed

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.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; 2014 Week 11

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Thursday Night Game

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
The Bills, 5-4,

Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

San Francisco (5-4) at New York Giants (3-6), 1:00pm ET, FOX
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
Harbaugh and Herrmann were teammates on the 1982 squad. Harbaugh was in his redshirt year, and Herrmann was a senior linebacker. That team won the Big Ten but lost in the Rose Bowl to UCLA, 24-14, ending the season 8-4 and ranked 15th by UPI.

Detroit (7-2) at Arizona (8-1), 4:25pm ET, FOX
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
Goodwin never crossed paths in Ann Arbor with Austin or Sheridan.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 4-5, host Cincinnati at 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The Browns, 6-3, host Houston in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 6-3, host Philadelphia, 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Bye Week

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, 1-9, have a bye this week.

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Wolverines Coaching at the College Level; 2014 Week 12 Preview

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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):

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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.

Bye Week

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.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; 2014 Week 10 Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Thursday Night Result

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The Browns are now 6-3 after defeating the Bengals 24-3 in the Thursday night game.

Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

San Francisco (4-4) at New Orleans (4-4), 1:00pm ET, FOX
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
Harbaugh and Malone, never crossing paths with the Wolverines, are battling to get about .500.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, 1-8, play Dallas in London, 1:00pm ET on FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 6-2, host Miami, 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
The Bills, 5-3, host Kansas City, 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 7-1, host St. Louis, 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 3-5, visit Seattle, 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 5-3, host Chicago in the Sunday night game, 8:30pm ET on NBC.

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Brady Hoke Through 49 Games

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The First 49

With the 10-9 win over Northwestern, Brady Hoke has now coached 49 games for Michigan, with a record of 31-18. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 49 games for the maize and blue?

49 W NU
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’t because of strength of schedule, talent inherited on the roster, coaching of that talent, ability to recruit and develop young talent, coulda/woulda/shoulda had another win/loss if it weren’t for a crazy play or bounce of the ball, desire to wear a headset, and so forth. The bottom line is that the same arguments could be made for most if not all of the head coaches in Michigan history who have coached at least 49 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
49 W NU

Summary

Trend 49 W NU
Brady Hoke Wins in first 49 games: 31

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 37.2; Median is 38.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 38.7; Median is 40.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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