Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games on Labor Day Weekend involving a Michigan coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players, former Michigan assistant coaches, and former Coach Hoke assistant coaches. Here are their schedules for this weekend:
Thursday Games, August 30
Eastern Michigan, with former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English as Head Coach, former Michigan running back Mike Hart as Running Backs Coach, and former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Anderson as Offensive Line Coach, travel to Muncie, Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals. The game is at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3. Also at 7:00pm ET Northern Michigan University, with former Wolverine wide receiver Marcus Knight as Wide Receivers Coach, hosts Findlay in the season opener for both teams. Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State, Trent Boykin, now holds the same position for Akron, and the Zips will host Central Florida at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3. Tennessee Tech and Secondary Coach, Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State), will host Hampton.
Friday Games, August 31
Only one game on Friday with Michigan coaching ties. Chuck Heater, Michigan running back from 1971-74, is now the Defensive Coordinator for the Temple Owls. Temple hosts Villanova in the season opener for both teams. The game will be on ESPN3 at 7:00pm ET.
Saturday Games, September 1
At noon ET on the Big Ten Network, the Miami University Redhawks take on the Buckeyes in Columbus. Among those getting the first look at Urban Meyer’s new team will be Don Treadwell and Ed Stults. Treadwell was Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003 and is now Miami’s Head Coach. Stults is Offensive Line Coach for the Redhawks. He succeeded Treadwell as Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator in 2004 and 2005 and held a variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003 – 2008 at Ball State. Wonder if any phone calls will be made from Miami to Ann Arbor after that game?
Former Wolverines Tyrone Wheatley and Steve Morrison are now coaching for Syracuse. Also on the Orange staff as Defensive Coordinator is former Wolverine Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer. Syracuse will host Northwestern at noon on ESPN2.
Jim Lyall, defensive lineman at Michigan in the early 1970’s, is currently Head Coach at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. His Saints will travel to Iowa to take on Iowa Wesleyan at 2:00pm. The Saints are 1-0 on the young season, and also have former Wolverine Rob Thornbladh as Outside Linebackers Coach.
At 3:30pm ET, from Soldier Field in Chicago, current Iowa Wide Receivers Coach (and former Michigan wide receiver and Wide Receivers Coach) Erik Campbell and the Hawkeyes take on Northern Illinois on ESPNU. Another game at 3:30pm ET, on the Big Ten Network, has Wisconsin hosting Northern Iowa. Eddie Faulkner, Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State (2005-08) is now Tight Ends Coach for the Badgers.
Anthony Thomas, the A-Train himself, currently Special Teams Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan, and the Bobcats travel to Millersville to kick off their season at 6:00pm ET.
Auburn will take on Clemson at 7:00pm ET in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. In his first game as Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator is former Michigan quarterback and Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Preseason Number Three team in the country LSU and former Wolverine player and Offensive Line Coach Les Miles will take on North Texas State on ESPNU at 7:00pm ET. Also at 7:00pm ET, former Wolverine quarterback Nick Sheridan makes his debut as Quarterbacks Coach for Western Kentucky, as the Hilltoppers take on Austin Peay. The game is scheduled to be on ESPN3. At the same time in Shreveport, Louisiana, former Michigan Linebackers Coach (2008-09) Jay Hopson makes his debut as Head Coach for Alcorn State as the Braves take on Grambling State in a SWAC matchup. Finally at 7:00pm ET, former Wolverine Safeties Coach (2010) Adam Braithwaite and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs head to Florida to take on the University of South Florida. Braithwaite is now the Safeties Coach for the Mocs. The game will be on ESPN3.
At 8:00pm Eastern Time, while former Wolverine player and current Secondary Coach Curt Mallory and Michigan take on the Alabama Crimson Tide, his brother Doug Mallory and the Indiana Hoosiers will host Indiana State. Doug is co-Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and the game against the Sycamores will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
The Arizona Wildcats contingent – Rich Rodriguez, Calvin McGee, Tony Dews, Tony Gibson, and Rod Smith – open their season at home against the Toledo Rockets at 10:30pm ET on ESPNU. Interestingly, a former Michigan defensive back under Rodriguez and company, Vladimir Emilien, now plays for the Rockets. Also at 10:30pm ET, the San Diego State Aztecs travel to Washington to take on the Huskies. Former Hoke assistant coaches Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel remain with San Diego State. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
At 11:00pm ET, Weber State visits Fresno State. Former Hoke Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State Eric Lewis is in his first season as Cornerbacks Coach at Weber State.
Sunday Games, September 2
At noon ET on ESPN, Bethune-Cookman plays Alabama State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl. Offensive Line Coach for Bethune-Cookman is John Powers, who coached for Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08.
In the final game of the holiday weekend involving a Michigan coaching connection, the Louisville Cardinals take on the Kentucky Wildcats in an intra-state rivalry game at 3:30pm ET on ESPN. Vance Bedford, Michigan Defensive Backs Coach from 1995-98, and again in 2007, is now Defensive Coordinator for Louisville.