NFL Week 4 Wolverine Coaching Connection

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches (for Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): All 3 now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens are now 3-1 after defeating Cleveland 23-16 Thursday night.

Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. Trgovac and Mallory just missed being teammates in Ann Arbor, and Malone came along as coach long after they both graduated from U of M. The 0-3 Saints are in desperate need of a win, and they visit Green Bay, victims of referee-gate, in a 4:25pm ET game on FOX.

Other Games with former Wolverines as Coaches

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 2-1 49ers go to New York to take on the Jets. 1:00pm ET on FOX.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The 1-2 Buccaneers host Washington in a 4:25pm ET game on FOX. Sheridan and his defense get their chance at Robert Griffin III.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants, 2-1 travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET on NBC. Giants blog Big Blue Interactive profiles the Giants-Eagles game here.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The 2-1 Bears are at Dallas in the Monday night game, 8:30pm ET, ESPN.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 1-2, have a bye this week.

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Big Ten Season Begins – Wolverine Coaching Connections

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connections. Former Michigan players, assistant coaches, and former Coach Brady Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The 1-3 Bobcats host Urbana in a noon ET game.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87) and Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The 2-1 Hoosiers visit Northwestern to take on the Wildcats in a noon ET game on the Big Ten Network.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The 2-2 Hawkeyes host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a noon ET game on ESPN2.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club football team. The 1-1 Patriots head to Pennsylvania to take on Valley Forge Military in a 1:00pm ET game.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Division II Wildcats, 1-3, visit Hillsdale in a 1:30pm ET matchup.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The FCS division Braves, 1-3, host Alabama State at 3:00pm ET.

Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The 2-0 Bearcats, who have already had two bye weeks, host Virginia Tech in a 3:30pm ET game on ESPNU.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The 2-2 Saints host Taylor in a 6:00pm ET game. This looks like it should be an interesting game – Taylor is ranked #40 in NAIA, while Siena Heights is ranked #41.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. In the FCS division, the 1-3 Mocs travel to Charleston to take on the Citadel in a 6:00pm ET game.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 3-1, visit Arkansas State in a 7:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. Number 3 in the country, the Tigers host Towson at 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The 4-0 Cardinals look to remain undefeated when they travel to play Southern Mississippi at 8:00pm ET on the CBS Sports Network.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10); Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 3-1, host Oregon State at 10:00pm ET on the Pac 12 Network.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple, 1-2, has a bye this week.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Auburn, 1-3, has a bye this week. Does Loeffler have a quarterback controversy on his hands? Here’s WRBL TV of Columbus, Georgia, with Loeffler discussing the situation.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. Syracuse, 1-3, has a bye this week. Wheatley shares his thoughts on Michigan-Notre Dame – from before last weekend’s game – with the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-4 Eagles have a bye this week.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State in 2003 and 2004): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. It will be a reunion of former Brady Hoke assistant coaches in Akron as the 2-2 Miami Redhawks visit the 1-3 Zips at 3:00pm ET on ESPN3. Hoke’s 2003 Ball State Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs Coach, and Tight Ends Coach will gather on the same field.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach in the FCS division. The 2-2 Golden Eagles visit Murray State in a 6:00pm contest.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach in the FCS division. At 2-2, Bethune-Cookman visits Hampton in a 6:00pm ET game.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The 3-1 Badgers head to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Prime time – 8:00pm ET on ABC.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The 2-2 Aztecs head to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs in a 10:00pm ET game. Writer Stefanie Loh discusses the defensive struggles of the Aztecs.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach in the FCS division. The 0-4 Wildcats visit UC Davis in a 10:00pm ET kickoff.

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Wacky Endings and the Wolverine NFL Coaching Connection

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, fergodsakes.com has them here.

Wacky Zany Last-Play-of-the-Game Endings

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Pack are now 1-2 after Monday night’s controversial loss. Trgovac’s defensive line has contributed to a unit that is first in the NFL in pass defense, allowing 125 yards per game. Green Bay’s defense is also tied for 2nd in sacks, is 3rd in total defense, and is 8th in scoring defense.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): All 3 now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. On the winning side of a controversial finish, the Ravens are now 2-1 after the wild last second field goal against New England Sunday night. Check out the excellent Ravens blog, Russell Street Report, for its writeup of what it is calling an Instant Classic. Cameron’s offense with the help of Moeller’s offensive line is 2nd in the league in scoring at 33 points per game, is 3rd in the NFL in passing offense, and 4th in total offense. Austin’s secondary is part of a unit that ranks 28th in the NFL in giving up 290 passing yards per game.

Regular Run-of-the-Mill Finishes

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears are 2-1 after taking care of the St. Louis Rams, 23-6. DeBord’s tight ends have contributed to an offense which is 14th in scoring, averaging 25 points per game.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers lost to Minnesota 24-13 to fall to 2-1 on the season. Harbaugh does have his team running the ball and defending the run, as San Francisco is 7th in the NFL in rushing offense and 8th in the league in rushing defense.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants are 2-1 after blasting the Carolina Panthers 36-7. Ingram’s running backs have helped the offense to 31 points per game, good for 4th in the NFL. The offense is also 3rd in the league in total yards and 4th in the NFL in passing yards. Defensively, Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the Giants to be 12th in the league in scoring defense, allowing 22 points per game.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts are now 1-2 after dropping a 22-17 decision to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Goodwin’s offensive line is tied for 9th in the league in sacks allowed as Luck has been sacked a total of five times on the season. The Colts are 12th in the NFL in passing offense at 267 yards per game.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs are 1-2 after losing to the Cowboys 16-10. Sheridan’s defense leads the league in defending the run, allowing a paltry 47 yards per game on the ground. Tampa Bay is also tied for 2nd with 6 interceptions on the year.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. The Saints are 0-3 after losing 27-24 in overtime against Kansas City. Malone’s tight ends have helped the Saints offense to 5th in the league in passing yards and 9th in the league in scoring offense (28 points per game). Mallory and the special teams are 3rd in the NFL in net punting.

Source for all statistics is NFL.com.

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Hoke Coaching Tree Update Week 4

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree. Former Hoke assistants are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. Here’s how their teams are doing this season. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Wisconsin is 3-1 after defeating UTEP 37-26, and is now ranked 23rd in the country. They are 110th in passing offense, 110th in total offense, and 100th in scoring offense.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs lost to San Jose State 38-34 and are now 2-2 on the season. San Diego State is 15th nationally in rushing offense, average 249 yards per game on the ground.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman is 2-2 on the year after falling to Tennessee State 21-14. Powers and his offensive line have led the way for a squad which is 13th in rushing in FCS, averaging 240 yards per game.

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. Miami defeated UMass 27-16 and is now 2-2. With Stults as offensive line coach, the Redhawks are 116th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 94 yards per game. Defensively Miami is tied for 13th in the country in interceptions, averaging 1.5 per game.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. Tennessee Tech is now 2-2 after losing in double overtime 41-38 to Southeast Missouri State. Powell’s secondary has contributed to a defense that is 25th in FCS in pass defense, allowing 161 yards per game.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron gave Tennessee all it could handle before falling to the Volunteers 47-26. The Zips are now 1-3. Boykin’s running backs are 100th in the country in yards per game, but have contributed to a unit that is 32nd in scoring offense.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The FCS division Wildcats are now 0-4 after losing to Eastern Washington, 32-26.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA.

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Wolverine Coaching Connection College Football Review Week 4

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here’s how their teams are doing this season. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The #3 ranked Tigers defeated Auburn 12-10 and are 4-0 on the year. Defensively, LSU is tied for 2nd in the country in interceptions; 3rd in rushing defense; 4th in total defense; and 8th in scoring defense, passing defense, and tackles for loss. Offensively the Tigers are 16th in rushing offense and 20th in scoring offense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. Louisville is off to a 4-0 start and is ranked 17th in the country after defeating FIU 28-21. Bedford has the rush defense at 16th in the country, allowing 92 yards per game.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers are 3-1 after defeating Southern Mississippi 42-17. Sheridan’s quarterbacks are 46th in the country in pass efficiency and have helped lead WKU to be tied for 14th nationally in 3rd down conversions.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The 2-2 Saints had a bye this past weekend.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The 2-2 Hawkeyes were upset by CMU, losing on a last-second field goal 32-31. With Campbell’s wide receivers, Iowa is 91st in the country in passing offense, averaging 202 yards per game through the air.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple is 1-2 after falling to Penn State 24-13. Heater’s defense has helped the Owls to a turnover margin of 1.3 per game, good for 16th in the country. Temple is 31st in sacks with 2.7 per game.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats are 1-3 after earning their first win of the season, defeating Seton Hill, yes Hill, 41-17.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats fell to 1-3, losing to Ashland 42-13. NMU is 98th in Division II in passing, with Knight’s receivers pulling in 195 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs are 1-3 after losing to Appalachian State – yes, the Mountaineers – 34-17. Braithwaite has helped guide the defense to 19th overall in FCS in total defense, allowing 305 yards per game.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers lost to LSU 12-10 and are now 1-3 on the season. Loeffler’s offense is 73rd in rushing offense in the country, and 113th in total offense.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves fell to 1-3 after being thrashed by Arkansas State 56-0. Defensively, Alcorn State is 40th in FCS in pass defense, allowing 178 yards per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. Syracuse lost to Minnesota 17-10 and is 1-3 on the season. Morrison’s linebackers have helped Shafer’s defense to be 26th in the nation in pass defense and tied for 31st in tackles for loss. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 146 yards per game, which is 82nd nationally.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. EMU is 0-4 on the year after a 23-7 loss to Michigan State. With Hart coaching the running backs and Anderson the offensive line, the Eagles running game is 90th in the country at 126 yards per game. Defensively, Eastern is 33rd in the nation in pass defense, allowing 192 yards per game.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10); Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats were thrashed by Oregon 49-0 and are 3-1 on the season. Despite being shut out against the Ducks, Arizona is still 11th in the country in passing offense and 12th in total offense.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University

Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The Bearcats had a bye this past weekend. They’ve only played 2 games, and are 2-0.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87) and Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The 2-1 Hoosiers had a bye week.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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Wolverine Coaching Connection NFL Week 3 Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches(For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

  • Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants defeated Carolina 36-7 on Thursday night.
  • Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The 1-1 Bears host St. Louis, 1:00pm ET on FOX.
  • Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The 1-1 Colts host Jacksonville, 1:00pm ET, CBS.
  • Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. Playing their third consecutive game against the NFC North, the 2-0 49ers travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.
  • Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 1-1, visit Dallas in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.
  • Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. The 0-2 Saints host Kansas City in a 1:00pm matchup on CBS.
  • Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): All 3 now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The 1-1 Ravens host the New England Patriots in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET, NBC.
  • Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The 1-1 Packers travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in the Monday night game, 8:30pm ET, ESPN.
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Wolverine Coaching Connection Week 4 College Football

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine 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 (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

All games listed are on Saturday.

Michigan Coaching Connection against Michigan Coaching Connection

Auburn plays host to LSU at 7:00pm ET on ESPN. Former Michigan quarterback and Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07) is in his first season as Offensive Coordinator for Auburn. Leading the way for LSU’s Tigers is former Michigan offensive lineman and Offensive Line Coach, Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94). Loeffler and Miles did cross paths on Teams 114 and 115 – Miles was Offensive Line Coach while Loeffler was quarterback in 1993 and 1994.

Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 2-1, face Central Michigan in a noon ET game on the Big Ten Network.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The 0-3 Bobcats host Seton Hill, yes that is “Hill”, at noon ET.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The 1-2 Wildcats host Ashland in a 2:00pm ET homecoming game.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. George Mason, 0-1, travels to VCU for a 2:00pm ET game.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-3 Eagles visit East Lansing to take on Michigan State, which is reeling from the 20-3 loss to Notre Dame last weekend. Doubt that Hart, who coined the phrase “Little Brother”, and Coach Mark Dantonio will reminisce about old times. Anderson’s final season with the maize and blue was with Team 122 in 2001 (remember clock-gate and Spartan Bob?). Watch it unfold at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The 1-1 Owls travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State in a 3:30pm game. It will be on ABC/ESPN2. Read Penn State blog Black Shoes Diary for its conversation with Mike Gibson of Temple Football Forever for some excellent comments on Heater.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. Though Braithwaite wasn’t with the Wolverines in 2007, he now gets a crack at Appalachian State. The 1-2 Mocs host the Mountaineers for homecoming at 6:00pm ET. Though not on TV, live video is available here.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Fresh off a 32-31 overtime victory against instate rival Kentucky, the 2-1 Hilltoppers host Southern Mississippi at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The 3-0 Cardinals visit Florida International in a 7:00pm ET matchup on ESPN3.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 1-2, travel to take on Arkansas State in a 7:00pm ET game on ESPN3.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The trio head back to Big Ten country to take on the Golden Gophers in Minnesota at 8:00pm ET on the Big Ten Network 2Go.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10); Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The 3-0 Wildcats are scoring seemingly at will. They visit Oregon in what could be a track meet at 10:30pm ET on ESPN. Should be a good one.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The 2-2 Saints have a bye week.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87) and Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The 2-1 Hoosiers have a bye this week after suffering a tough loss to Ball State last week.

Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The 2-0 Bearcats have a bye week.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. The 1-2 Redhawks will be studying game film of the Michigan-UMass game, as Miami hosts the Minutemen at noon ET on ESPN3.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The disappointing Badgers, 2-1, host UTEP at noon ET on ESPN2.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman, 2-1, is home to face Tennessee State at 4pm ET.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. At 2-1 on the season, Tennessee Tech travels to play Southeast Missouri State at 6pm.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The 1-2 Zips travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers at 7:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs, 2-1, host San Jose State at 8:00pm ET.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The 0-3 Wildcats host Eastern Washington at 9pm ET.

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Harbaugh, 49ers Rush the Ball, Defend the Rush

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, fergodsakes.com has them here.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. Harbaugh and the 49ers are 2-0 after defeating the Detroit Lions 27-19. A disciple of Bo, Harbaugh’s team is 3rd in the league in rushing yards, and 6th in the league in defending the run.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating Chicago 23-10. Trgovac’s defensive line has led the way for the Packers to be first in the league in sacks with 11 on the season. The Packers are also 5th in the league in total defense allowing 273 yards per game.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); Cam Cameron (QB Coach and WR Coach 1986-93); Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): All 3 now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; Cameron the Offensive Coordinator; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens are 1-1 after falling to Philadelphia 24-23. Cameron’s offense is 3rd in the league in scoring at 34 points per game. Moeller’s offensive line has contributed to a rushing attack which is 10th in the league at 117 yards per game. Austin’s secondary is tied for 8th in the NFL with 3 interceptions on the season.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears are 1-1 after losing to Green Bay 23-10. DeBord’s tight ends have contributed to an offense that is 14th in scoring in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. After defeating Minnesota 23-20 the Colts are 1-1. Goodwin’s offensive line is tied for 18th in the NFL in sacks allowed with 5 on the season.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83). Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach. The Giants are 1-1 after beating Tampa Bay 41-34. Herrmann’s defense is 16th in the league in rushing defense, and Ingram’s running backs have contributed to a team which is 7th in scoring offense, averaging 29 points per game.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs are 1-1 after losing to the Giants 41-34. Sheridan’s defense had a rough day, and are now 15th in the league in scoring defense, allowing an average of 25 points per game.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach. New Orleans is 0-2 on the young season, losing to Carolina 35-27. Malone’s tight ends have contributed to an offense that is 3rd in the league in both passing yards and total yards, and 6th in the league in scoring. Mallory’s special teams are tied for 4th in net punting, and are 8th in average kickoff return yardage.

Source for all statistics is NFL.com.

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Hoke Coaching Tree Update Week 3

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Hoke assistant coaches. For more on the Hoke Coaching Tree as well as Wolverine-related coaching trees, fergodsakes.com has them here.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The Badgers are now 2-1 after a less than impressive 16-14 victory over Utah State. Faulkner’s tight ends have contributed to an offense that is 94th in rushing and 114th in passing. Wisconsin blog Bucky’s Fifth Quarter talks about changing expectations for the Badgers after the disappointing start to the season.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. San Diego State defeated North Dakota State 49-41 to improve to 2-1. The Aztecs are 15th in the nation in tackles for loss; 18th in passing efficiency; and 21st in rushing offense.

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. Miami is now 1-2 on the season after losing at Boise State, 39-12. The Redhawks are 110th overall in total offense.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for the Akron Zips. The Zips are 1-2 after defeating Morgan State 66-6. Boykin’s running backs have helped Akron to be 26th in the nation in both total offense and scoring offense.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Rated 12th in the nation in FCS, Bethune-Cookman lost to Miami (FL) 38-10 to drop to 2-1 on the season. BC is 10th in the country in rushing yards, averaging 254 yards per game.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. Tech is 26th in the country in FCS and 2-1 on the season after losing at Oregon 63-14. Powell has helped guide the defense to 53rd in the country in passing defense.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. Weber State fell to 0-3 on the season after losing to McNeese State 35-21.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA.

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Wolverine Coaching Connections College Football Review Week 3

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and former Michigan assistant coaches. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Former Michigan players and coaches

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The 2-2 Saints defeated Concordia 31-14, and now are ranked as the 42nd best NAIA team in the country. Offensively they are 14th in the country in rushing offense and 21st in scoring offense.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The 1-2 Bobcats lost 33-16 to West Liberty.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. The club team opened its season on Saturday, losing to Onondaga 33-0.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Division II Wildcats now stand 1-2 on the season after losing to Ohio Dominican 47-7. Knight’s receivers have helped NMU to 195 yards per game, good for 97th in the country.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers stunned Kentucky 32-31 in overtime and improved to 2-1 on the season. Sheridan has helped lead the WKU offense to 27th in the country in passing efficiency.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The number two team in the nation is now 3-0 on the season, having defeated Idaho on Saturday night by a score of 63-14. The Tigers are 4th in the nation in rushing defense and total defense; 11th in the nation in scoring defense; and 9th in scoring offense.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers got their first win of the season, defeating ULM 31-28 in overtime. Loeffler’s offense is 104th in the nation in scoring.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes are now 2-1 after defeating Northern Iowa 27-16. The passing offense is 100th in the country averaging 198 yards per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange improved to 1-2 after defeating Stony Brook 28-17. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 154 yards per game, good for 69th in the country. Defensively, Syracuse is 18th in the country in both passing defense and tackles-for-loss.

Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The Bearcats are 2-0 after defeating Delaware State 23-7. Manning’s running backs are 15th in the country in rushing yardage. Stripling’s defensive line has Cincinnati tied for 6th in the country with 4 sacks per game, and has helped the Bearcats to be 6th in the country in scoring defense allowing 8.5 points per game.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. EMU 0-3 after losing at Purdue 54-16. With Hart coaching the running backs and Anderson the offensive line, the Eagles are 76th in the country in rushing yards per game.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87) and Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The Hoosiers lost on a last second field goal to Ball State, 41-39, and are now 2-1 on the season. Mallory’s defense is tied for 27th in the country with 2.7 sacks per game; and is 47th in points allowed, giving up 21 points per game. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 212 yards per game, good for 32nd in the country.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs are 1-2 after a 35-0 victory on Saturday over Glenville State. Braithwaite has helped the defense to be 12th in FCS in total defense, giving up 272 yards per game. They are also 31st in pass defense, allowing 166 yards per game through the air.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals are 3-0 after defeating North Carolina 39-34. Bedford’s defense is 15th in the country against the run (opponents average 80 yards rushing per game) and 37th in scoring defense, allowing 18 points per game.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10); Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats are 3-0 after Saturday’s 56-0 drubbing of South Carolina State. Arizona is 4th in the nation in total offense with 605 yards per game; 7th in passing offense at 358 yards per game; and 12th in scoring offense, putting up 46 points per game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 1-2 after losing Saturday to Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24-6.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The 1-1 Owls had a bye week. Heater’s defense is tied for 6th in the country in sacks, averaging 4 per game. They are 22nd in the country in passing defense, giving up 172 yards per game through the air.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.

Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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