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.