Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.
In the ever-changing world of college football coaching in December, this is merely a snapshot in time. It will change as soon as it is posted.
Fergodsakes.com posted version 1 of the Coaching Carousel on December 14.
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Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Was named Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the University of South Florida on December 20. In 2012 was Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan on Wednesday December 26. Sheridan will stay on at WKU through the bowl game, then join Head coach Willie Taggart at USF. Taggart left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter. Sheridan discusses the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
The Bearcats (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC on Thursday December 27. Former Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. Tuberville will not coach the bowl game; Stripling has been named Interim Head Coach. After the bowl game, Stripling will re-join Jones on the Tennessee staff as Defensive Line Coach, repeating history from 2009. That’s when both Stripling and Jones were at Central Michigan University, Jones departed for Cincinnati and Stripling was Interim Head Coach for CMU in the GMAC Bowl. For now, Manning remains on staff at Cincinnati. It appears there will be no room for him with Jones at Tennessee, as the Volunteers have filled all coaching positions.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio left to become Head Coach at Boston College on December 4. Heater interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple on December 7, a job which ultimately went to Mike Rhule on December 16. Heater will most likely not be joining Addazio at Boston College, as Addazio has named his coordinators. Heater remains on the Owl website as Defensive Coordinator. There has been no announcement of Rhule’s coaching staff.
Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87; Wide Receivers Coach 1995-2007): now WR Coach with Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes finished 4-8 this season and have an Offensive Coordinator in Greg Davis who just finished his first season with Iowa with less than stellar results. Davis isn’t going anywhere – Ferentz isn’t going to fire him after one season. The question for Campbell – does he stay on at Iowa, under an offensive coordinator and offensive system that does not stress the use of wide receivers, or does he look for other opportunities? There is an Offensive Coordinator position open at Eastern Michigan, where former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English is Head Coach. English and Campbell coached on Lloyd Carr’s staff together from 2003-2007. Also at UM during that time was running back Mike Hart, who is now EMU’s Running Back’s Coach; and Kurt Anderson (UM Offensive Lineman 1997-2001), now EMU’s Offensive Line Coach. Would Campbell view an Offensive Coordinator position at EMU as more favorable than a Wide Receivers Coach with Iowa? Ron English has only one year left on his contract, so whatever attractiveness there may be to an OC position with the Eagles would be tempered by the fact that it could be a job that lasts for only one year.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29. With the strong season at Syracuse, it is rumored that Shafer interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan, a job which eventually went to P.J. Fleck, who has been Wide Receivers Coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. For now it appears that Shafer, Wheatley, and Morrison will be continuing on at Syracuse for another season. Safe to say that the reputation of each continues to grow, and these are three coaches to keep an eye on in terms of advancement.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, will be in the Sugar Bowl on January 2 against Florida. Head Coach Charlie Strong and the Cardinals are in the process of extending Strong’s contract. That should give Bedford job security and the opportunity to continue as Defensive Coordinator with what many see as a rising program.
Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
Erik Campbell, coached with Loeffler on Lloyd Carr’s staff from 2002-2007. While Loeffler’s traditional offensive philosophy would seem to be a perfect fit with Iowa, the Hawkeyes just completed Year One with a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis), and it’s doubtful they would make such a sudden move for an offensive coordinator with less than stellar results in his previous job, such as Loeffler.
Ron English, currently Head Coach at Eastern Michigan. Loeffler coached with English on Michigan’s staff from 2003-2007. Eagle Totem has reported that EMU’s 2012 Offensive Coordinator Ken Karcher no longer holds that position, so the Eagles are looking for a new Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler was on Lloyd Carr’s coaching staff with English at Michigan; was QB Coach when EMU Running Backs Coach Mike Hart was at Michigan; and was a Graduate Assistant when EMU Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson was a redshirt freshman and sophomore for the maize and blue.
Chuck Heater. Loeffler was Offensive Coordinator at Temple in 2011, when Heater was Defensive Coordinator for the Owls. They were also together on the 2009 and 2010 Florida Gators staffs. Heater is himself in limbo at this time.
Vance Bedford. Loeffler was on the 2007 Michigan staff with Bedord, as well as the 2009 staff with the Florida Gators. Bedford is now Defensive Coordinator at Louisville under Cardinals Head Coach Charlie Strong, also part of the 2009 Gator staff. With the Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, it is reasonable to assume that some current Cardinals coaches could be in demand elsewhere, perhaps creating an opening for Loeffler on the Louisville staff.
Teryl Austin and Andy Moeller. Loeffler coached with Austin on the 2002 Michigan staff and the 2010 Florida Gators staff; and with Moeller on Lloyd Carr’s staff at Michigan from 2002-07. Austin is now Defensive Backs Coach with the Baltimore Ravens, while Moeller is the Offensive Line Coach. The Head Coach for the Ravens is of course John Harbaugh. Perhaps Loeffler could find himself on the Ravens staff after the season is over.
It will be interesting to see where Loeffler lands, and no, it won’t be Michigan, nor should it be.
Among those with Michigan ties, with whom Loeffler has coached:
Brady Hoke Coaching Tree
Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Was Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach in 2012. On December 17, Faulkner accepted a position with North Carolina State as Tight Ends Coach, Fullbacks Coach, and Special Teams Coordinator. With Bret Bielema leaving Wisconsin in a surprising move to become Head Coach at Arkansas, his assistants were left scrambling. Barry Alvarez will lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, after which Gary Andersen will take over as Head Coach.
John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24. Head Coach for the Wildcats, Brian Jenkins, was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Southern University coaching position; Jenkins will remain with Bethune-Cookman, according to news reports.
Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place). Head Coach Terry Bowden has named a new offensive coordinator (A.J. Milwee, QB Coach for the Zips in 2012). The rest of the coaching staff, including Boykin, appear to be returning.
Cam Cameron, fired earlier last week as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron’s ties to those with Michigan roots are many:
Jim Harbaugh The NFL is a fraternity for coaches, if nothing else. Cameron was Michigan’s Wide Receivers Coach in 1986, Harbaugh’s last season with the Wolverines. Having coached for John Harbaugh and with Andy Moeller (Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
Les Miles Cameron coached with Miles for 7 seasons at Michigan. Should Miles get an opening on his staff at LSU, it would be interesting to see if Cameron would be considered, or if Cameron would even be interested.
Jim Herrmann Cameron coached with Herrmann for 6 seasons at Michigan. Herrmann is now the Linebackers Coach for the New York Giants. Would New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin consider Cameron for any potential openings on the Giants staff at the end of the season?
Mike DeBord Cameron coached with DeBord for 2 seasons at Michigan. DeBord is now the Tight Ends Coach with the Chicago Bears.
Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell, now Wide Receivers Coach at Iowa; Doug Mallory, now Defensive Coordinator at Indiana; Curt Mallory, now Secondary Coach at Michigan; Mike Elston, now Defensive Line Coach at Notre Dame; Steve Morrison, now Linebackers Coach at Syracuse; Tyrone Wheatley, now Running Backs Coach at Syracuse; and Matt Dyson, now Head Coach with George Mason University, where football is a club sport.
Warde Manuel. Now the Athletic Director at UConn, Manuel was a Michigan player during the early part of Cameron’s tenure with the maize and blue.