Wolverines As Coaches in Super Bowl; An All Time Review

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Fergodsakes.com takes a look at all former Michigan football players, coaches, and/or alums who have coached in a Super Bowl.

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Michigan Bloodlines as Head Coach in Super Bowl

George Allen (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948). Inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen earned his degrees from the University of Michigan but never played football for the Wolverines (as written in this space last week). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less. Allen did coach the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl VII, which they lost 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins on January 14, 1973.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-87). Now San Francisco 49ers Head Coach. This will be Harbaugh’s second Super Bowl as a coach – he was an offensive assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII, a game which Tampa Bay won 48-21.

National Championship with Michigan and Super Bowl Coach

Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49). Hollway, who passed away in 1999, was a letterman for the National Championship Michigan squads in 1947 and 48. He went on to coach the defense for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV, a game won by the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7. One of Hollway’s teammates at Michigan was Jerry Burns, who coached with Hollway on the Vikings for the Super Bowl IV loss.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): Now New York Giants Linebackers Coach. Herrmann won his Super Bowl ring as Linebackers Coach of the New York Giants in last year’s Super Bowl, a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots. Of course, he was Defensive Coordinator for Michigan’s National Title in 1997. He can also lay claim to the fact that he was a player on the team which earned Bo Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl victory, Team 101 at the conclusion of the 1980 season.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): Now New Orleans Saints Tight Ends Coach. Malone was Tight Ends Coach for the Saints when they won Super Bowl XLIV, a 31-17 win over Indianapolis. He also won a National Title with Michigan as Offensive Line Coach for the 1997 team.

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Now Eastern Michigan University Offensive Coordinator. Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for Super Bowl XXXVII Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs defeated Oakland (and offensive assistant coach Jim Harbaugh) 48-21. Parrish also won a National Championship as Quarterbacks Coach with Michigan in 1997.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Six Super Bowls

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Better known as the former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach from 1986-91, the online Bentley Library records show that Burns was on the University of Michigan football team in 1947, 1948, and 1950, but never earned his varsity letter. Of course, the 1947 and 1948 teams each won a national title. According to this 1997 Michigan Today article, Burns was the “star quarterback” of the 150 pound and under team, which Michigan fielded for two seasons only, in 1947 and 1948.

His coaching was better than his quarterbacking. Burns was on Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers staff for the first two Super Bowls, and later was an assistant to Bud Grant for all four of the Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl appearances. In total, his teams were 2-4 in the Super Bowl, having won the first two with Green Bay, and losing all four with Minnesota.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Three Super Bowls

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Baltimore Ravens Secondary Coach. This will be Austin’s third Super Bowl – he is 0-2 in his first two. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL and the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in both games.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator. He is the brother of 49ers starting offensive lineman (and former Michigan player) Jonathan Goodwin. Harold Goodwin is 1-2 as a coach in the Super Bowl. He was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach with the Steelers when they won Super Bowl XLIII (defeating Austin and the Arizona Cardinals); and when they lost Super Bowl XLV (to Green Bay and its DL Coach, former Wolverine Mike Trgovac). In addition, Goodwin held the same position for the 2006 Chicago Bears when they reached the Super Bowl, losing XLI to Indianapolis 29-17.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in Two Super Bowls

Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Now New York Giants Running Backs Coach. Ingram has two Super Bowl championship rings as a member of the Giants coaching staff, both times defeating the New England Patriots. New York won Super Bowl XLII 17-14; and last year’s XLVI 21-17.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson won two Super Bowl championships rings as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos defeated Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII 31-24, and the following season defeated Atlanta 34-19 in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. Trgovac has one Super Bowl ring as a coach, as a Defensive Line Coach with Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV when the Packers defeated Pittsburgh (and its Assistant OL Coach, former Wolverine Harold Goodwin) 31-25. Trgovac was on the losing end as Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XLV, falling to New England 32-29.

Michigan Football Bloodlines to Coach in One Super Bowl

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Now Jacksonville Jaguars Special Teams Coach. Was on the Saints coaching staff as Assistant Special Teams Coach for New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over Indianapolis 31-17.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Now Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Coach. This will be Moeller’s first Super Bowl as a coach.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Sheridan won a Super Bowl ring as Linebackers Coach of the New York Giants for New York’s Super Bowl XLII 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots.

Sources:
CompleteSuperBowl.com
Bentley Historical Library
NFL.com

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Latest on Coaching Changes Involving Former M Players, Coaches

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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.

Information is up-to-date as of the time this is published. In the coaching world this time of year, changes are plentiful and quick.

For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); In 2012 was Assistant Special Teams Coordinator with New Orleans Saints. Named Special Teams Coordinator for Jacksonville Jaguars on January 22.

Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); In 2012 was Linebackers Coach with Syracuse. On January 19, Morrison announced his resignation from Syracuse:

“With bittersweet emotions, I announce my resignation from the Syracuse Football program,” Morrison said. “While I’m excited to pursue opportunities outside of football and, most importantly, to spend more quality time with my family, I’m sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful people associated with the University with whom I’ve had the pleasure of being around over the last year. I look forward to watching the program continue to grow and flourish under the leadership of my great friend, Scott Shafer.”

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94); In 2012 was Offensive Line Coach with Indianapolis Colts. Was named Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator on January 19.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04): Cincinnati Bearcats Running Backs Coach in 2012.
Was named Running Backs Coach for Northern Illinois on January 16.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-2010): Was Safeties Coach under Rich Rodriguez at Arizona in 2012. Arizona announced on January 9 that Gibson was leaving the Wildcats. It was announced on January 16 that Gibson rejoined West Virginia as its Safeties Coach.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); In 2012 was Running Backs Coach with Syracuse
Was named Running Backs Coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 14, following Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone to the NFL.

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. Loeffler was hired as Offensive Coordinator at Virginia Tech on January 14.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. Heater was named Defensive Coordinator at Marshall on January 10.

Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): In 2012 was Defensive Coordinator with Syracuse
Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone left to become Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 6. Shafer was named Head Coach of the Orange on January 9.

With Syracuse moving to the ACC effective July 1, a potentially interesting bowl matchup is created. The Sun Bowl pits the ACC #4 team against the Pac 12 #4 team. The Pac 12 is of course where Rich Rodriguez is Head Coach with Arizona, and RichRod fired Shafer as Michigan Defensive Coordinator following the 2008 season. Syracuse against Arizona in the Sun Bowl would be very interesting.

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-2001): Was out of coaching in 2012. Hired January 7 by Eastern Michigan and Head Coach Ron English to be Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles. Parrish will oversee Running Backs Coach Mike Hart (Michigan running back 2004-07) and Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson (Michigan Offensive Lineman 1997-2001). Parrish also falls under the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, as he was Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator at Ball State from 2006-08 and was Hoke’s Quarterbacks Coach in 2005.

Steve Stripling (Michigan Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Cincinnati Bearcats Defensive Line Coach in 2012. Has been named as Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Line Coach for 2013.
Former Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. Stripling was Interim Head Coach for the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl, a game they won over Duke 48-34. After the bowl game, Stripling re-joined Jones on the Tennessee staff as Defensive Line Coach.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): In 2012 was Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Was named Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the University of South Florida on December 20. Interestingly, Sheridan will play his home games in the same stadium where his dad is employed. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is where both USF and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers play. Sheridan’s father, Bill, a former Michigan defensive assistant coach, is the Defensive Coordinator for the Bucs.

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.

Not Yet on a Staff

Cam Cameron, fired on December 10 as Offensive Coordinator of the eventual AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens. Cameron is very well connected, having coached in many places. His ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • 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 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 (Jim Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell,; 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.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach in 2012. Head Coach Lovie Smith was fired on December 31. DeBord was fired on January 17.

Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87; Wide Receivers Coach 1995-2007): Wide Receivers Coach with Iowa Hawkeyes in 2012. It became public in early January that Campbell and Iowa have parted ways. There are rumors that Campbell had interviewed for the vacant Eastern Michigan Offensive Coordinator position; that position went to former Michigan Offensive Coordinator Stan Parrish.

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.

Fergodsakes.com has has had several updates on the Coaching Carousel:
Published December 14
Published December 21
Published January 9
Published January 14

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Jim Harbaugh and George Allen

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As you know, Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan football player to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Furthermore, there is no former Michigan coach who has been Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. But there is an interesting twist which could lead you to win a bar bet or two.

George Allen was Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the team which lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-7, capping the Dolphins’ perfect season. Bob Griese, father of Brian, was of course the quarterback for that Dolphins team. (Former Wolverine Tight End Jim Mandich, starter on the 1969 UM team, was Griese’s tight end for Miami).

A member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, George Allen actually spent some time coaching football at Michigan. While earning his Masters Degree from UM, Allen was assistant coach to Cliff Keen for the University of Michigan Lightweights Football team, a squad comprised of players 150 pounds and lighter. According to this article published in 1997 in Michigan Today, there was a lightweights league including UM, OSU, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Michigan had a lightweights team only in 1947 and 1948 before the league disbanded.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has a section “colleges” in which the Hall of Famers are listed by college attended. Allen is listed under four different schools – Alma College, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Michigan. This press release in 1981 from the office of President Ronald Reagan appointing Allen as Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1947 and an M.A. in 1948. Allen did not play football at Michigan.

So it is correct to say that Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan player or coach to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Harbaugh is not, however, the first Michigan degree holder to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team – that distinction goes to George Allen. As for the rest of the story, Allen was a coach for a University of Michigan football team… it just wasn’t the team that we’ve followed all these years.

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Spot in Super Bowl On Line for Harbaugh, Moeller, Austin

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL playoff games this weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection.

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San Francisco at Atlanta, Sunday 3:30pm ET, FOX
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now San Francisco 49ers Head Coach.
Harbaugh’s first season coaching in the NFL was last season, when as Head Coach he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.

  • Of course if San Francisco reaches the Super Bowl against Baltimore, the Harbaugh brothers will be coaching against each other.
  • Baltimore’s Offensive Line Coach is Andy Moeller, a teammate of Jim Harbaugh for five years at Michigan (they both redshirted in 1982). They were co-captains of the 1986 Michigan squad.
  • Andy Moeller’s father, Gary, was Defensive Coordinator during Harbaugh’s time with the Wolverines from 1982-86 (and Gary Moeller held various assistant coaching positions from 1969-76 and 1980-89, before becoming Michigan’s Head Coach from 1990-94).

Baltimore at New England, Sunday, 6:30pm ET, CBS
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Baltimore Ravens Secondary Coach; and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): Now Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Coach.

Both Moeller and Austin were with the Ravens last season, when they reached the AFC Championship Game. Austin has been Defensive Backs Coach for two Super Bowl teams – the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, and the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

Austin was Michigan’s DB Coach in Tom Brady’s senior season with the maize and blue, Team 120, the team that beat Alabama in the Orange Bowl 35-34. Austin saw Brady every day in practice back then, and faced him in last year’s AFC Championship Game.

Eliminated Earlier in the Playoffs

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Trgovac has Super Bowl coaching experience, winning with Green Bay over Pittsburgh (and its Assistant OL Coach, former Wolverine Harold Goodwin) in Super Bowl XLV; and losing while coaching with Carolina when they played New England in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line Coach
Goodwin was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach with the Steelers when they won Super Bowl XLIII (defeating Austin and the Arizona Cardinals); and when they lost Super Bowl XLV (to Green Bay and its DL Coach, former Wolverine Mike Trgovac). In addition, Goodwin held the same position for the 2006 Chicago Bears when they reached the Super Bowl.

Not in the Playoffs

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Was Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach in 2012. The Bears finished 10-6 and fired Head Coach Lovie Smith. DeBord was reportedly terminated, along with most of the rest of the Bears coaches, on January 17 after new Head Coach Marc Trestman was hired.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): Now New York Giants Linebackers Coach; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Now New York Giants Running Backs Coach.
Both Herrmann and Ingram won Super Bowl rings with the Giants last season. This season, the Giants finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Now New Orleans Saints Assistant Special Teams Coach; and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): Now New Orleans Saints Tight Ends Coach.
The Saints finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs.

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Brady Hoke Wins Comparison v National Championship Coaches

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Following the Outback Bowl, a number of fans seemed to think that Brady Hoke was not the man for the Michigan football coaching job. There have always been knee-jerk reactionary fans, and there will always be some fans upset with Coach X, regardless of what Coach X has done; however, the sheer number of those disappointed in Hoke after the South Carolina loss was simply baffling.

As a result, Fergodsakes.com searched for some way to objectively measure Coach Hoke’s on field results. Today’s Part Two is comparing Coach Hoke’s Michigan head coaching career to date against the coaches who have won a National Championship in the BCS era, using the on field criteria of:

  • Total number of wins through 26 games as Head Coach at the school where National Championship was won,
  • Wins against the top rival in first two games
  • Bowl wins in first two bowl games

Part One compared Coach Hoke to past head coaches of Michigan football, the winningest program in college football history.

The First 26

Brady Hoke has won 19 of his first 26 games as Head Coach of Michigan. How do Hoke’s 19 wins in 26 games stack up among all coaches who have won at least one national title in the BCS era? Here’s the chart:

Nat Champ First 26 Games

Hoke is right in the middle, as six coaches have won more than his 19 out of 26, and six have won less. Former Michigan offensive lineman (senior with Team 96) and Offensive Line Coach (1987-94) Les Miles is at 22 along with Urban Meyer from his Florida days. Interestingly, Nick Saban had 18 wins in his first 26 games at both LSU and Alabama.

The average number of wins for these National Championship coaches in their first 26 games is 20. The median is 19.5, and the mode is 18.

Against Biggest Rival

Hoke is of course 1-1 against the Buckeyes. How have National Championship coaches performed in their first two games against their biggest rival?

Nat Champ First 2 Rivalry Games

Only Phil Fulmer with Tennessee failed to get even one win in his first two games against his rival. Five coaches won twice, and six won once.

The average number of wins for these National Championship coaches in their first two rivalry games is 1.33. The median is 1, and the mode is 1.

Looking ahead to the Michigan-OSU game in 2013, of the 12 national championship coach/school combinations, 9 of the coaches won two of their first three games against their rival. Only Fulmer, Chizik, and Saban with LSU won only one of their first three games against their rival. Hoke will look to join the two-win club come November.

It should be noted that the rivals for certain schools are difficult to determine, and there is disagreement even among their most ardent supporters as to who is the biggest rival. Here are the schools and rivals used for these data:

  • Tennessee (rival is Alabama)
  • FSU (rival is Florida)
  • Oklahoma (rival is Texas)
  • Miami (rival is FSU)
  • LSU (rival is Auburn)
  • USC (rival is UCLA)
  • Texas (rival is Oklahoma)
  • Florida (rival is FSU)
  • Auburn (rival is Alabama)
  • Alabama (rival is Auburn)

Bowl Games

No Michigan Head Coach has ever gone 2-0 in his first two bowl games.

Nat Champ First 2 Bowl Games

Only four National Champion coaches in the BCS era have gone 2-0 in their first two bowl games.
The average number of wins for these National Championship coaches in their first two bowl games is 1.25. The median is 1, and the mode is 1.

Summary

  • Hoke Wins in first 26 games: 19. Average for BCS-era National Championship coaches is 20. Median is 19.5; mode is 18.
  • Wins in first two games against OSU: 1. Average for BCS-era National Championship coaches is 1.3. Median is 1; mode is 1.
  • Wins in first two bowl games: 1. Average for BCS-era National Championship coaches is 1.25. Median is 1; mode is 1.

Sources: Official school football websites

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Hoke Wins Comparison to Past Michigan Football Head Coaches

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Following the Outback Bowl, a number of fans seemed to think that Brady Hoke was not the man for the Michigan football coaching job. There have always been knee-jerk reactionary fans, and there will always be some fans upset with Coach X, regardless of what Coach X has done; however, the sheer number of those disappointed in Hoke after the South Carolina loss was simply baffling.

As a result, Fergodsakes set out to evaluate Hoke’s performance through the on field criteria of:

  • Total Wins at this point in coaching career as Head Coach at Michigan
  • Wins against OSU as Head Coach at Michigan
  • Bowl Wins as Head Coach at Michigan

The data presented here was obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series. Part 2 will be published tomorrow.

The First 26

26 games

Brady Hoke has now coached 26 games for Michigan, with a record of 19-7. Arguments can be made all day that he should have won more (or won less) but didn’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 26 games for the maize and blue.

Fielding H. Yost did indeed go a perfect 26-0 in his first 26 games as Michigan’s Head Coach.

To relate Hoke’s 19 wins to the bigger picture, Kipke won 19 games in his first 26 (along with 3 ties!) and won two National Titles. Oosterbaan won 19 of 26 (with 2 ties) and won a National Title. Carr won 18 of 26 and won a National Title. Only Crisler and Yost won more than 19 of the first 26 and went on to win at least one National Championship, with Crisler having won 21 of his first 26 (one National Title); and Yost with 26 of 26 (six National Titles).

Michigan Head Coaches who coached at least 26 games won an average 19.3 of those first 26 games. The median is 19, and the mode is 19.

Against the Buckeyes

Hoke is of course 1-1 against the Buckeyes. How have Michigan’s Head Coaches done in their first two games against the team from Columbus?

OSU Games

Among those who have coached at least two games against Ohio State, Carr, Crisler, Moeller, and Yost all went 2-0, while only Rodriguez was winless.

Looking ahead to The Game in 2013, of the nine men who have been Head Coach for Michigan in at least 3 games against the Buckeyes, six won 2 of their first 3 games against Ohio State. Hoke will look to join that group come November. Only Rodriguez, Elliott, and Kipke won once or not at all after 3 games against the Buckeyes. Kipke did go on to win two National Championships as Michigan Head Coach.

Michigan Head Coaches who coached at least two games against OSU won an average 1.3 of those first 2 games. The median is 1, and the mode is 1.

Bowl Games

No Michigan Head Coach has ever gone 2-0 in his first two bowl games.

2 Bowl Games

Due to the bowl game structure over time, and Big Ten rules that limited only its champion going to a bowl game until the mid-1970’s (a rule Schembechler was instrumental in overturning), only four Michigan Head Coaches have ever coached in at least two bowl games. Schembechler’s teams of course struggled for years in bowls, with Bo finally getting his first bowl victory in his eighth attempt. Moeller and Hoke each split their first two bowl games, and Carr dropped his first two before winning his third, a certain New Year’s Day Rose Bowl in 1998.

Hoke’s bowl record through two games at Michigan puts him at the top of the class with Gary Moeller when looking at all Michigan Head Coaches who have coached at least two bowl games.

Michigan Head Coaches who coached at least two bowl games won an average 0.5 of those first 2 games.

Summary

Wins in first 26 games: 19. Michigan Head Coach average is 19.3; Median is 19; Mode is 19.
Wins in first two games against OSU: 1. Michigan Head Coach average is 1.3; Median is 1; Mode is 1.
Wins in first two bowl games: 1. Tied for most in Michigan history. Average is 0.5

These charts and data will be updated throughout the season in 2013 and beyond on Fergodsakes.com.

Part 2 will be published tomorrow.

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Coaching Changes for Former Michigan Players and Coaches

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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.

Information is up-to-date as of the time this is published. In the coaching world this time of year, changes are plentiful and quick.

For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): 2012 Defensive Coordinator with Syracuse
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); 2012 Running Backs Coach with Syracuse, and
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); 2012 Linebackers Coach with Syracuse.
Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone left to become Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 6. Shafer was named Head Coach of the Orange on January 9.
Shafer named Chuck Bullough as Defensive Coordinator; what that means for Morrison at this time is unknown. Shafer has yet to name an Offensive Coordinator. Would Wheatley be a candidate? Will he stay at Syracuse? Shafer has made it known he wants to run the same type of offense which Syracuse has been running, so Wheatley and the players he recruited should all be familiar with the system.

With Syracuse moving to the ACC effective July 1, a potentially interesting bowl matchup is created. The Sun Bowl pits the ACC #4 team against the Pac 12 #4 team. The Pac 12 is of course where Rich Rodriguez is Head Coach with Arizona, and RichRod fired Shafer as Michigan Defensive Coordinator following the 2008 season. Syracuse against Arizona in the Sun Bowl would be very interesting.

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.
Loeffler is rumored to be a finalist for the open Virginia Tech Offensive Coordinator position.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-2010): Was Safeties Coach under Rich Rodriguez at Arizona in 2012. Arizona announced on January 9 that Gibson was leaving the Wildcats. It is widely believed that Gibson will head back to West Virginia for a spot on the Mountaineers defensive staff, though WVU has yet to announce anything.

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 was named Defensive Coordinator at Marshall on January 10.

Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87; Wide Receivers Coach 1995-2007): Wide Receivers Coach with Iowa Hawkeyes in 2012. It became public in early January that Campbell and Iowa have parted ways. There are rumors that Campbell had interviewed for the vacant Eastern Michigan Offensive Coordinator position; that position went to former Michigan Offensive Coordinator Stan Parrish.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04): Cincinnati Bearcats Running Backs Coach in 2012.
Former Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. A look at the Cincinnati football website shows that Tuberville has named seven coaches to date (NCAA rules permit nine); Manning is not among them. Chris Bains of BearcatsNation believes that there remains a chance that Manning stays with Cincinnati, though new Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran was Running Backs Coach at his last stop, Florida State, and may keep that role with the Bearcats.

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-2001): Was out of coaching in 2012. Hired January 7 by Eastern Michigan and Head Coach Ron English to be Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles. Parrish will oversee Running Backs Coach Mike Hart (Michigan running back 2004-07) and Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson (Michigan Offensive Lineman 1997-2001). Parrish also falls under the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, as he was Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator at Ball State from 2006-08 and was Hoke’s Quarterbacks Coach in 2005.

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 season 7-6 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). Sheridan joins Head Coach Willie Taggart at USF, who left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter. Interestingly, Sheridan will play his home games in the same stadium where his dad is employed. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is where both USF and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers play. Sheridan’s father, Bill, a former Michigan defensive assistant coach, is the Defensive Coordinator for the Bucs.

Steve Stripling (Michigan Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Cincinnati Bearcats Defensive Line Coach in 2012. Has been named as Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Line Coach for 2013.
Former Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. Stripling was Interim Head Coach for the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl, a game they won over Duke 48-34. After the bowl game, Stripling re-joined Jones on the Tennessee staff as Defensive Line Coach.

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.

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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.

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.

NFL

Cam Cameron, fired on December 10 as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron is very well connected, having coached in many places. His ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • 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 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 (Jim Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell,; 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.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach in 2012. Head Coach Lovie Smith was fired on December 31. The assistant coaches, including DeBord, remain on staff for now.

Fergodsakes.com has has had several updates on the Coaching Carousel:
Published December 14
Published December 21
Published January 9

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Former Wolverines Coaching in NFL Playoffs

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL playoff games this weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection.

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

Former Michigan Football Players/Coaches Coaching Against Each Other

Green Bay at San Francisco, Saturday 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT, FOX
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now San Francisco 49ers Head Coach.
Trgovac has Super Bowl coaching experience, winning with Green Bay over Pittsburgh (and its Assistant OL Coach, former Wolverine Harold Goodwin) in Super Bowl XLV; and losing while coaching with Carolina when they played New England in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Harbaugh’s first season coaching in the NFL was last season, when as Head Coach he led the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game.

Former Michigan Football Players/Coaches Coaching in the Playoffs

Baltimore at Denver, Saturday, 4:30pm ET, 2:30pm MT, CBS
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Baltimore Ravens Secondary Coach; and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): Now Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line Coach.
Both Moeller and Austin were with the Ravens last season, when they reached the AFC Championship Game. Austin has been Defensive Backs Coach for two Super Bowl teams – the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, and the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

Eliminated Earlier in the Playoffs

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line Coach
Goodwin was an Assistant Offensive Line Coach with the Steelers when they won Super Bowl XLIII (defeating Austin and the Arizona Cardinals); and when they lost Super Bowl XLV (to Green Bay and its DL Coach, former Wolverine Mike Trgovac). In addition, Goodwin held the same position for the 2006 Chicago Bears when they reached the Super Bowl.

Not in the Playoffs

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 finished 10-6 and fired Head Coach Lovie Smith. DeBord is still on staff for the Bears, but whomever they hire as Head Coach is expected to bring in his own staff.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): Now New York Giants Linebackers Coach; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Now New York Giants Running Backs Coach.
Both Herrmann and Ingram won Super Bowl rings with the Giants last season. This season, the Giants finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Now New Orleans Saints Assistant Special Teams Coach; and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): Now New Orleans Saints Tight Ends Coach.
The Saints finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs.

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Coaching Changes and Ex Michigan Players, Coaches in Coaching Ranks

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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.

Fergodsakes.com posted version 1 of the Coaching Carousel on December 14. An update was posted on December 21.

Information is up-to-date as of the time this is published. In the coaching world this time of year, changes are plentiful and quick.

For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): 2012 Defensive Coordinator with Syracuse
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); 2012 Running Backs Coach with Syracuse, and
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); 2012 Linebackers Coach with Syracuse.
Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone left to become Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 6. It is being reported that Shafer has been named Head Coach for the Orange, though there has been nothing official from Syracuse as of this writing. Morrison may be a candidate for Shafer’s old Defensive Coordinator position. Would Wheatley be a candidate for the now-open Offensive Coordinator position?
The Orange went 8-5 overall, finishing the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East.
With Syracuse moving to the ACC effective July 1, a potentially interesting bowl matchup is created. The Sun Bowl pits the ACC #4 team against the Pac 12 #4 team. The Pac 12 is of course where Rich Rodriguez is Head Coach with Arizona, and RichRod fired Shafer as Michigan Defensive Coordinator following the 2008 season. Syracuse against Arizona in the Sun Bowl would be very interesting.

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-2001): Was out of coaching in 2012. Hired January 7 by Eastern Michigan and Head Coach Ron English to be Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles. Parrish will oversee Running Backs Coach Mike Hart (Michigan running back 2004-07) and Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson (Michigan Offensive Lineman 1997-2001). Parrish also falls under the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, as he was Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator at Ball State from 2006-08 and was Hoke’s Quarterbacks Coach in 2005.

Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87; Wide Receivers Coach 1995-2007): Wide Receivers Coach with Iowa Hawkeyes in 2012. It became public last week that Campbell and Iowa have parted ways. 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. There are rumors that Campbell had interviewed for the vacant Eastern Michigan Offensive Coordinator position; that position went to former Michigan Offensive Coordinator Stan Parrish.

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 season 7-6 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). Sheridan joins Head Coach Willie Taggart at USF, who left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter. Interestingly, Sheridan will play his home games in the same stadium where his dad is employed. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is where both USF and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers play. Sheridan’s father, Bill, a former Michigan defensive assistant coach, is the Defensive Coordinator for the Bucs.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04): Cincinnati Bearcats Running Backs Coach in 2012.
Former Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. A look at the Cincinnati football website shows that Tuberville has named seven coaches to date (NCAA rules permit nine); Manning is not among them. Chris Bains of BearcatsNation believes that there remains a chance that Manning stays with Cincinnati, though new Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran was Running Backs Coach at his last stop, Florida State, and may keep that role with the Bearcats.

Steve Stripling (Michigan Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Cincinnati Bearcats Defensive Line Coach in 2012. Has been named as Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Line Coach for 2013.
Former Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. Stripling was Interim Head Coach for the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl, a game they won over Duke 48-34. After the bowl game, Stripling re-joined 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.

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. A look at the official Temple football website shows that Ruhle has named 5 assistant coaches to his staff at this time. Heater is not among them. There is a possibility Heater winds up at Marshall. Heater will wind up somewhere in 2013, and Temple is still a possibility. Check out Temple Football Forever for the latest.

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.
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:

  • Ron English, currently Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, and new Eastern Michigan Offensive Coordinator Stan Parrish. Loeffler was a Graduate Assistant at Michigan while Parrish was Michigan’s Quarterbacks Coach, and Loeffler coached with English on Michigan’s staff from 2003-2007. Also, Loeffler 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 if there is mutual interest.
  • 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.

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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.

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.

NFL

Cam Cameron, fired on December 10 as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron is very well connected, having coached in many places. His 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 (Jim 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.
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell,; 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.
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Results for Michigan Bloodlines Coaching in Bowl Games

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football bowl games involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan football players, coaches, and former Brady Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs.

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Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): Now University of Notre Dame Defensive Line Coach. The Irish lost to Alabama in the National Championship Game, 42-14, finishing the season 12-1 and ranked 3rd by USA Today.

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 Tigers lost the Chick-fil-A Bowl to Clemson on a last second field goal, 25-24. LSU finished their season at 10-3 overall, ranked 12th by USA Today.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals soundly defeated Florida in the Sugar Bowl 33-23 and finished the season 11-2, ranked 13th by USA Today.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats defeated Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl 34-20, winning their first bowl game since 1949. Northwestern finished the season 10-3 overall and ranked 16th by USA Today.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati in 2012.
Cincinnati defeated Duke 48-34 in the Belk Bowl. Stripling was Interim Head Coach for the Bearcats in this game, as Head Coach Butch Jones left to take the Tennessee job. Stripling then joined the Tennessee staff after the bowl game. The Bearcats finished the season 10-3, ranked 22nd by USA Today.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008):
Syracuse University. Wheatley spent 2012 as Running Backs Coach; Morrison as Linebackers Coach; and Shafer as Defensive Coordinator. The Orange soundly defeated West Virginia 38-14 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and finished the season 8-5 overall.

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 and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats defeated Nevada 49-48 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, finishing the season 8-5 overall. In his last two bowl games as Head Coach, Rodriguez’s squads have been outscored 100-63 and have a record of 1-1.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach in 2012. Western Kentucky lost 24-21 to Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, finishing the season 7-6 overall. Sheridan has since joined the University of South Florida staff as its Quarterbacks Coach, following 2012 WKU Head Coach Willie Taggart to USF.

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Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach in 2012. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin lost 20-14 to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Faulkner was named Tight Ends Coach of North Carolina State on December 17, but remained on the coaching staff of his alma mater Wisconsin for the Rose Bowl.

Rocky Long (Defensive Coordinator for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
Brian Sipe, (Quarterbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
Tony White, (Cornerbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10) and
LeCharls McDaniel (Wide Receivers Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
all 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 BYU 23-6 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, finishing the season 9-4 overall.

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.

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