Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players, coaches, and former Brady Hoke assistant coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend (all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):
Thursday Night Games
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd (4-2) fell to Middle Tennessee State 51-49 on the last play of their Thursday night game.
Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other
Louisville (6-1, #20 in BCS) at South Florida (2-4), noon ET on ESPN2.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator.
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida.
Bedford was coaching Michigan’s secondary for Lloyd Carr’s final team, while a young Nick Sheridan was going up against Bedford’s defense as a scout team quarterback. Now Sheridan’s quarterbacks face Bedford’s defense in live action.
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats, 4-3, visit Iowa in a noon ET, 11:00am CT matchup on the Big Ten Network.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The 4-3 Saints visit Taylor (Indiana) 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. A Division II squad, the 1-5 Wildcats host Wayne State in a 1:00pm ET game.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their first season in program history, the 4-3 49ers of the FCS visit Charleston Southern, 1:00pm ET.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, 5-2 and in the FCS, host the Citadel at 2:00pm ET.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 2-3 Patriots host University of Maryland Eastern Shore in a 3:00pm ET kickoff.
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 6-1 Sooners, #15 in the BCS, host #10 Texas Tech in a 3:30pm game on FOX.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 6-1 Hokies, #14 in the BCS, host Duke, 3:30pm ET on ESPNU.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 4-3 Volunteers visit two-time defending National Champion and #1 ranked Alabama. 3:30pm ET on CBS.
Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach.
The 1-6 Eagles visit #18 Northern Illinois in a 3:30pm ET game on ESPN3.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia.
The 3-4 Mountaineers visit Kansas State in a 3:45pm ET game on FoxSports1.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 5-2, visit Air Force in a 5:00pm ET, 3:00pm MT game on CBS Sports Network.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 6-2 Braves, member of the FCS, visit Southern University in a 6:30pm ET matchup.
Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 6-2 and #13 in the BCS, host Furman in a 7:00pm ET game on ESPN3.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, University of Texas
The Longhorns, 4-2, visit TCU at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX Sports 1.
Tony Dews (WR 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; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 4-2, visit Colorado in an 8:00pm ET, 6:00pm MT game on the Pac 12 Network.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach.
The Wolverines, 6-1 and #22 in the BCS, have a bye week.
Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87)
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Doug Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach.
Indiana, 3-4, has a bye week.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-4, has a bye this week.
The Brady Hoke Coaching Tree
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Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 2-5, hosts Ball State at noon ET on ESPN3.
Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The Eagles, 3-4, host Dayton for Homecoming, 1:00pm ET.
Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): now Offensive Line Coach, Miami University Redhawks. Miami, 0-7, visits the Bobcats of Ohio University, 2:00pm ET on ESPN3.
Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 3-5, host Jacksonville State at 2:30pm ET.
Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach.
The Wolfpack, 3-3, visit #2 Florida State, 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.
John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 6-1 Wildcats, ranked 10th in the FCS, host South Carolina State in a 4:00pm ET kickoff.
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, 3-3, host #17 Fresno State 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on ESPN2.
Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now in his second season with Weber State, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 1-7 Wildcats, an FCS team, have a bye week.