Brady Hoke Through 38 Games

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The First 38

With the 42-41 loss to Ohio State, Brady Hoke has now coached 38 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-12.

38 Games L OSU
All ties are counted as one-half of a win.

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’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 38 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ 38 Games L OSU

Summary

Avg Graph 38 Games L OSU
The “M Head Coach” line makes a sharp increase between games 37 and 38. This is because Rich Rodriguez was Head Coach for Michigan for a total of 37 games, with 15 victories in that time. His low total of 15 wins is no longer factored into the Michigan Head Coach average number of wins once the discussion begins of Head Coaches who have coached 38 games or more for Michigan.

Brady Hoke Wins in first 38 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 29.1; Median is 30.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 29.9; Median is 30.5.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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An Interview With Michigan’s 1973 Offensive Backs Coach Dennis Brown

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Dennis Brown 1Fergodsakes.com had the pleasure of interviewing the engaging Dennis Brown, All Big Ten Quarterback for the University of Michigan in 1968. Brown went on to be an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler from 1972-79. When Don Nehlen left Michigan’s staff after the 1979 season to become Head Coach at West Virginia University, he took Brown with him, where Brown was his Defensive Coordinator from 1980-87. Among the players on his defense at WVU was Rich Rodriguez. Brown left WVU after the 1987 season to head to Arizona State, where he was Defensive Coordinator for two seasons. After coaching high school football in Detroit for a few years, Brown returned to the University of Michigan as an Assistant Athletic Director for two and a half years under Tom Goss. Brown spent several years as an Assistant Principal at Annapolis High School in Dearborn, where he retired this past spring.

Click here for Part One of our interview with Dennis Brown.

1969 – Michigan’s 24-12 victory over #1 Ohio State

(NOTE: An All Big Ten quarterback for Michigan, Brown’s last game in the winged helmet was the 1968 loss to Ohio State 50-14. Entering that game, the Wolverines were 8-1 and #4 in the nation. Michigan trailed 21-14 at halftime, and the Buckeyes put the game away in the second half. After a late touchdown Woody Hayes went for the two point conversion “because I couldn’t go for three.”)

I was in the service in 1969 doing my active duty when they upset Ohio State, but later I heard from the guys that were there about that week’s preparation, and how when they went over the scouting report, Coach Schembechler made it to be, “My middle guard has gotta outplay their middle guard… my center’s gotta outplay their center…” It became a situation where I’ve got to outplay my counterpart on the other side of the ball.

I was at Fort Ord in California – I got there September 26, and I’m in basic training and of course this is November. I’m out with my company, we’re doing bayonette training. All of a sudden some guy over a loudspeaker goes, “Worm Brown (they called us “worms”), Worm Brown, report to the stand.” So I got up there, and the guy just pointed. There’s a guy in a jeep, and he tells me to come over, and he says, “Get in.” And I’m thinking, “What in the hell…what am I doing?” Well, the CO of our company was a Ferris State grad, and he told me earlier in the cycle (what they call it for basic training) that he had seen me play. They sent me into his office. So I go in and do my salute and all that kind of stuff. He goes, “At ease. You want to see the second half of Michigan-Ohio State?” And I’ll be honest with you, I had forgotten that it was even going on. I was in shock. I was in basic training, you know? So I said, “Yeah.” He said, “Take your helmet off, put your weapon over here, and you come with me.” So he takes me into the non-commissioned officers, the NCO lounge. There’s probably eight or nine guys sitting there watching this game. He reaches over and he turns the sound down. It’s just the start of the third quarter, they might have just been coming out (of the locker room) and he goes, “This man is going to watch the second half of the Michigan-Ohio State game and I don’t want a f***in’ word said to him. Are we clear?” So he turns the sound back up. I sat about four foot from the screen and I watched it. When it was over with I went back to his office, he put me in the jeep, I went back out, and I never told a soul. Never told a soul. But his approach to those NCO’s was, “Do you think I’m screwin’? Don’t screw around with me.” (laughter). I never told anybody because I think I would have really had a hard time with that. Those were his exact words.

1973 10-10 tie

(Brown was Michigan’s Offensive Backs Coach in 1973)

My biggest recollection is we had scored to make it 10-10. We had worked all week on the course of the fullback on a play, because as an Outside Linebacker/Defensive Line Coach, a lot of your reads are predicated on a lead back coming at you. In this case it was the fullback. The inside-out, outside-in, head placement and all that stuff. Esco Sarkkinen was the Outside Linebacker Coach for Woody Hayes, and as we studied film all week, Bo and Jerry Hanlon (Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach) and probably Chuck Stobart (Michigan’s Offensive Backfield Coach) decided that if the fullback on an outside option kind of play – which would enable Dennis Franklin to either keep or pitch – if the fullback’s course was not what it was supposed to be then the OLB/DE would sink down in a little more, because that’s what the fullback’s angle and position would tell him.

(With around 10 minutes remaining in the game, trailing 10-3, Michigan faced a 4th down and inches, just inside the OSU 10 yard line. There was an official’s timeout for a measurement.)

I remember Bo on the phone to Jerry (if you look at the clips of this game, they actually used a phone to communicate from the sideline to the coaches booth), and Bo getting really upset. “God DAMMIT Jerry, are you sure?” And Jerry on the other end saying, “Yeah, I’m sure! Run it! Run it!” And they’re yelling at each other. But we ran it, and I’ll be a son of a buck, it was (snaps his fingers) boom! Like butter. Like butter. Amazing because the linebacker, Esco’s guy, is so well coached, his course is inside-out, he stepped down, and just that step and a half enabled Dennis to get out around him. I was helping Stobart with the running backs and quarterbacks, and I’ll never forget that coaching point. When I coached the outside linebackers for the next 5-6 years I always kept that in mind. I always told them that story, all the time. And I remember Gary Moeller telling me, “Courses, courses, courses.”

Afterwards, I happened to be not in the locker room, but in the recruiting room, and there was a call for Bo, and I was the only one in there. It was UPI or AP or whatever, and of course the story was that Franklin had broken his collarbone. I remember, I was 26 years old, and I just told them what I knew, which wasn’t very much. This is our understanding, we have no idea, and so on and so forth. And then when Bo came into the recruiting room I told him about it. And of course Donnie Warner got hurt too, and the story Bo used to tell. They were in the ambulance or car or something taking Donnie to the hospital, and Donnie said, “Dennis Franklin? What about me? I’ve got a knee injury!” Walk on from Divine Child. Donnie was very confident in his abilities. I tell you what, for a guy of his physical stature, you’ve got to be kidding. Not only was he tough, but he was out of his mind to think that he could play down there (on the defensive line). Him and Timmy Davis. Both of them. Probably 205 pounds or less playing down in there. They could play. Great quickness.

Michigan State, of course, casting the deciding vote, and afterwards Bo’s little tet-a-tet with the commissioner in a Chicago hotel room. Then they decided that they were going to let more than one team go to a bowl game after that. In ‘68 we should have gone to a bowl game, but it was one team, one bowl. We had a great All-American in (offensive lineman Dan) Dierdorf, who was a tackle for us. But anyway, it got changed, and I was one of many that was a real benefactor from having those bowl experiences after that changed.

After the heartbreak of 1973, you guys did it all over again in 1974 – undefeated heading into the Ohio State game. How were you able to do that in 1974?

Because you played for Michigan and you played for Bo Schembechler. He would not accept anything but your best. So many things can be attributed to him. “If you’re going to play in the North Atlantic you’re going to train in the North Atlantic.” That’s a famous one that he would use. You were afraid not to do your best. You respected the guy. His best talk every year was his opening talk to the coaching staff and everybody that was affiliated with the team. Set your watch to Schembechler time, coach to coach relationship, player to coach relationship, talked about the press. I remember one year Jack Harbaugh and I and Milan Vooletich, God rest his soul, we were sitting in the back of the room and we had talked earlier, we were going to tape it, because it was so good. I’ve got notes downstairs, I know I do. We screwed it up. We didn’t get it taped.

He had such a presence about him when he talked. I recruited Chicago – I remember going to Chicago for almost six years. They had a dinner there every year, I think it was the Tribune 44. It was a big banquet, held in one of the big hotels downtown. Bo was invited one year to be the keynote speaker. So we flew over, and we were sitting on the plane. He’s sitting there drinking a 7-Up, and he takes a cocktail napkin and he take out his pen, and writes out roman numeral 1, and scribbled something, and roman numeral 2, and scribbled something, and he did that for 8 or 9 points. I never thought anything about it. That was his topic. That was his speech from beginning to end. When he got up to the podium very subtly he put his hand in his pocket and put the napkin right down (on the dais) where he could see it. And I mean to tell you, it was riveting. Right to the point. No frills. Delivered only the way that Bo Schembechler could deliver it. He just, he was just special in every conceivable way. The guys that he treated the worst revere him the most. And we all revere him whether we played or coached for him.

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; Week 14, 2013 Preview

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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):

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Thanksgiving Night, Thursday November 30

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, University of Texas
The #24 Longhorns, 7-3, host Texas Tech at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOXSports1.

Friday November 29

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd (8-3) host East Carolina, noon ET on CBS Sports Network.

Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
Former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English was fired as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan on November 8. Stan Parrish was named Interim Head Coach, and Hart is the Running Backs Coach.
The 2-9 Eagles visit Central Michigan at 2:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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, 8-3 and #17 in the BCS, host Arkansas, 2:30pm ET on CBS.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida.
The Bulls, 2-8, visit #19 Central Florida 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

Saturday November 30

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, 7-4, host Ohio State at noon ET on ABC.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 7-4 Hokies are at Virginia at 3:30pm ET on ESPNU.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 5-6, hosts Boston College at 3:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats, 4-7, visit Illinois at 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on the Big Ten Network.

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, 4-7, hosts Purdue at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia.
The 4-7 Mountaineers host Iowa State at 4:00pm ET on FOXSports1.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 8-3, visit Stanford at 7:00pm ET, 4:00pm PT, on FOX.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 4-7 Volunteers visit Kentucky, 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

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, 7-4, visit Arizona State, 9:30pm ET, 7:30pm MST, on Pac 12 Network.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 9-2 Sooners, #18 in the BCS, have a bye week.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator.
The 10-1 Cardinals, #20 in the BCS, have a bye week.

Season Completed

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves closed out their season with a 9-3 record.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, winner of the Southern Conference in the FCS, finished their season 8-4 Mocs.

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 Saints finished their season with a 5-5 record.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 5-5 Patriots have completed their season.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
The 49ers finished their inaugural season with a 5-6 record.

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 Wildcats finished their season 3-7.

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Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 4-7, hosts Toledo at noon ET on Friday on ESPN3.

Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): now Offensive Line Coach, Miami University Redhawks. Miami, 0-11, is at Ball State, Friday afternoon at 1:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach.
The Wolfpack, 3-8, host Maryland, 12:30pm ET Saturday on ESPN3.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 10-2 Wildcats, ranked 13th in the FCS, play in the first round of the FCS playoffs at Coastal Carolina, 1:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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, 7-4, are at UNLV in a 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT Saturday kickoff on ESPNU.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 5-7, have completed their season.

Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The Eagles finished their season 3-9.

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 2-10 Wildcats, an FCS team, have finished their season.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; Week 13, 2013 Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

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

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Thursday November 28

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach
Green Bay, 5-5-1, visits Detroit, 12:30pm ET FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with the Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach.
The Ravens, 5-6, host Pittsburgh, 8:30pm ET on NBC.

Sunday December 1

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 3-8, travels to Carolina, 1:00pm ET FOX.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
Jacksonville, 2-9, is at Cleveland, 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals, 7-4, visit Philadelphia, 1:00pm ET FOX

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco, 7-4, hosts St. Louis, 4:05pm ET, 1:05pm PT, FOX.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo, 4-7, hosts Atlanta, 4:05pm ET on FOX

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Senior with Team 104. Now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
New York, 4-7, visits Washington, 8:30pm ET on NBC.

Monday December 2

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 9-2, are at Seattle, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; A Look Back at Week 12, 2013

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the action from NFL football games this past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches.

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

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 9-2, defeated Atlanta 17-13. The Saints are 2nd in the NFL in passing yards per game (317); and 3rd in the NFL in points per game (28) ad total yards per game (415).

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 7-4, defeated Washington 27-6 in the Monday night game. The 49ers have rushed for 135 yards per game, 6th in the NFL. They have given up 17 points per game, 4th in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 7-4 after a 40-11 win over Indianapolis. Goodwin’s offense is averaging 23 points per game, 19th in the NFL.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay, 5-5-1, tied with Minnesota 26-26. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) are allowing 116 rushing yards per game, 19th in the NFL.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach.
Baltimore is 5-6 after a 19-3 win over the New York Jets. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense giving up an average of 20 points per game, 7th in the NFL. Moeller’s offensive line has contributed to the Ravens rushing for only 82 yards per game, 27th in the NFL.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Senior with Team 104. Now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
The Giants are 4-7 after losing to Dallas 24-21. New York is 25th in the league in rushing yards per game (88), and have given up the 26 points per game, 24th in NFL.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills
The Bills, 4-7, had a bye week. Wheatley’s running backs are 7th in the league in rushing yards, averaging 134 yards per game.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 3-8, defeated Detroit 24-21. Sheridan’s defense has allowed 24 points per game, 14th in the NFL.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 2-9, defeated Houston 13-6. Jacksonville is 4th in average kickoff return (25.7 yards per return); and 8th in net punting (42.5 yards per punt).

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Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, Week 13, 2013 Results

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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 assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. Here’s who they are, where they are, and how their teams are doing.

For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12 for Brady Hoke at the University of Michigan): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 9-2 Sooners, #18 in the BCS, defeated Kansas State 41-31. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to be 11th in the nation in total yards allowed (331 yards per game.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats improved to 10-2 after a 29-10 win over Florida A&M. Ranked 13th in the country in FCS, Powers and his offensive line have contributed to the Wildcats rushing for 250 yards per game, 9th in the FCS. Bethune=Cookman has qualified for the FCS playoffs, and will face Coastal Carolina in the first round.

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 7-4 Aztecs defeated Boise State 34-31 in overtime. San Diego State is 34th in the country in passing yards per game, averaging 264 yards through the air.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The 4-7 Zips had a bye week. The running game is averaging 126 yards per game, which is 103rd in the country.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The 5-7 Golden Eagles finished their season with a 34-0 victory over Austin Peay. Tennessee Tech has given up an average of 233 yards per game through the air, 65th in FCS.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach. The 3-8 Wolfpack lost to East Carolina 42-28. NC State is averaging 408 total yards per game, 66th in the land.

Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The 3-9 Eagles, who play in the FCS, finished their season with a 61-17 loss to UNC Charlotte. Burnett’s defense ended tied for 35th in the FCS in 4th down conversion defense (0.429).

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 2-10 Wildcats, an FCS team, ended their season with a 32-7 win over Idaho State. Weber State allowed an average of 41 points per game, 117th in FCS.

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):
Treadwell was fired on October 6 as Miami’s Head Coach. Miami, 0-11, fell to Buffalo 44-7. The Redhawks are in the bottom five in total offense, team passing efficiency, scoring offense, third down conversion percentage, third down conversion defense, red zone offense, number of first downs gained, and number of first downs given up.

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; A Look Back at Week 13, 2013

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players and coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Updates on their seasons:

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Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94; and
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 8-3 Tigers, 17th in the BCS Standings, defeated Texas A&M 34-10. Cameron’s offense is 1st in the nation in third down conversion rate (0.586), and 3rd in the country in passing efficiency.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 9-2 Sooners, #18 in the BCS, defeated Kansas State 41-31. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to be 11th in the nation in total yards allowed (331 yards per game).

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The 10-1 Cardinals, #20 in the BCS Standings, defeated Memphis 24-17. Bedford’s defense is number one in the country in third down conversion defense (0.264) and first down defense. The Cards are second in the country in total defense (243 yards per game), rushing defense (83 yards per game), and scoring defense (11 points per game).

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 8-3 and #25 in the BCS, defeated BYU 23-13. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to Notre Dame giving up 206 passing yards per game, 21st in the country.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 9-3 Braves, member of the FCS, completed its season with a 48-33 win over Jackson State. Alcorn State finished the season 19th in FCS in scoring, averaging 37 points per game.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd, 8-3, defeated FIU 48-10. Heater’s defense is 8th in the nation in passing efficiency defense, and 15th in the country in pass defense, allowing 199 yards per game through the air.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorns, 7-3, had a bye week. Texas is tied for 10th in the nation in 4th down conversion defense (0.333).

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 8-4 Mocs, winners of the Southern Conference, fell to #1 Alabama 49-0. Braithwaite’s defense finished 4th in FCS in passing yards allowed per game (152) and 13th in scoring defense, giving up just 20 points per game.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The 7-4 Wolverines fell to Iowa 24-21. The linebackers and secondary have teamed to help Michigan be 14th in the land in rushing defense, holding opponents to 116 yards per game on the ground. In addition, they have 16 interceptions, tied for 13th in the country.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 7-4 Hokies had a bye week. Loeffler’s offense is 111th in rushing yards per game (117) and 90th in scoring offense (24 points per game). In addition, they are 114th in red zone offense and 102nd in third down conversions.

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 7-4 Wildcats upset then fifth-ranked Oregon 42-16. Arizona is 12th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 267 yards per game on the ground.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 5-5 Patriots fell to Coppin State 40-3 in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship Game.

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 Saints, in the NAIA, finished its season with a 5-5 record after a 22-21 victory over #24 Robert Morris (Ill.). Siena Heights is 5th in all of NAIA in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 17 points per game.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 5-6 Orange, who lost to Pitt 17-16. Syracuse is 13th in the country in 3rd Down Conversion defense (0.323).

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 5-6 49ers of the FCS, in their first season in program history, finished their first season by defeating Morehead State 61-17. Tall’s defense finished 40th in 4th down conversion defense (0.438).

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The 4-7 Wildcats lost to Michigan State 30-6. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 18 interceptions, tied for fourth in the country. They have returned four of those interceptions for touchdowns.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers, 4-7, lost to Ohio State 42-14. Mallory’s defense is 115th in the country in scoring defense, giving up 39 points per game. Frey’s offensive line has helped pave the way for an offense which has averaged 492 total yards per game, 17th in the nation.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 4-7 Volunteers fell to Vanderbilt 14-10. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is 16th in the country in red zone defense.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The 4-7 Mountaineers had a bye week. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 257 passing yards per game, 99th in the nation.

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 3-7 Wildcats finished their season with a 35-22 loss to Ferris State. Knight’s wide receivers are part of a unit that is 81st in D2 in passing offense, averaging 227 yards per game through the air.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The 2-8 Bulls fell to SMU 16-6. South Florida is 118th in scoring offense (14 points per game), 120th in total offense (263 yards per game), and 122nd in team passing efficiency.

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)
Former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English was fired as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan on November 8. Parrish, the Offensive Coordinator, as named Interim Head Coach, and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles, 2-9, lost to Bowling Green 58-7. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have averaged 155 rushing yards per game, 79th in the country. They are 111th in scoring offense (20 points per game) and 109th in total offense (335 yards per game).

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Michigan’s 1973 Coaching Staff

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As you may have heard, forty years ago today the University of Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State University Buckeyes played to a 10-10 tie on the gridiron. Both teams entered the game undefeated and untied, with the Buckeyes ranked #1 in the country and the Wolverines #4 in the land. The game, played in Ann Arbor before a crowd of 105,223, was a landmark for several reasons, not the least of which is that it served as the catalyst to enable more than one team from the Big Ten to go to a bowl game in a given season. The juniors on that 1973 Michigan team would go 30-2-1 in their careers (as freshmen, they weren’t eligible to play, per the rules of the day), and never get a sniff of a bowl game.

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Hall of Fame Head Coaches Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes built amazing assistant coaching staffs. On Michigan’s side, the remarkable 1973 assistant coaching group went on to have terrific careers in their own right. Of the nine assistant coaches on staff, six would go on to leave Michigan directly for Head Coaching positions elsewhere. Two others remained with Michigan as assistant coaches until they retired, and one would leave with Don Nehlen to become Nehlen’s Defensive Coordinator at West Virginia. Here’s a look at Michigan’s nine assistant coaches from that 1973 season:

Dennis Brown (Offensive Backs Coach in 1973, on Bo’s staff 1972-79): All Big Ten Quarterback for the University of Michigan in 1968. Brown went on to be an assistant coach under Bo Schembechler from 1972-79. When Don Nehlen left Michigan’s staff after the 1979 season to become Head Coach at West Virginia University, he took Brown with him, where Brown was his Defensive Coordinator from 1980-87. Among the players on his defense at WVU was Rich Rodriguez. Brown left WVU after the 1987 season to head to Arizona State, where he was Defensive Coordinator for two seasons. After coaching high school football in Detroit for a few years, Brown returned to the University of Michigan as an Assistant Athletic Director for two and a half years under Tom Goss. Brown spent several years as an Assistant Principal at Annapolis High School in Dearborn, a position from which he retired this past spring.

Tirrel Burton (Offensive Ends Coach in 1973; on Michigan’s staff 1970-1991): Burton coached for Bo at Michigan during the entire Schembechler era (except for 1969) and the first two seasons of the Moeller era. He started as the Freshman Coach in 1970-71; was Offensive Ends Coach from 1972-78; and Offensive Backfield Coach from 1979-91. Burton was a part of 14 Big Ten Championship coaching staffs and 10 Rose Bowl staffs.

Jerry Hanlon (Offensive Line Coach in 1973; on Michigan’s staff 1969-91): The legendary Hanlon was part of 15 Big Ten Championship coaching staffs and 11 Rose Bowl staffs. He is known mostly as an Offensive Line Coach, but he was the Quarterbacks Coach during the entire time that Jim Harbaugh was at Michigan (1982-86). Dennis Brown credits Hanlon with helping many people on and off the field, and had this to say, “Jerry Hanlon turned out such great offensive linemen that the pro coaches used to come and talk to him about teaching technique. Jerry used to have a saying, I’ll never forget, “level the bubble, level the bubble.” And those guys had such great technique when they got to the professional ranks they would come in and talk technique and stuff with Jerry. I know one year it was really heavy that he was going to the Green Bay Packers as the OL Coach. Jerry never left. He loved Bo, he loved being with Bo. And he loved Michigan.”

Jack Harbaugh (Defensive Backs Coach in 1973; on Michigan’s staff 1973-79): Harbaugh left Michigan after the 1979 season to take the Defensive Coordinator position with Stanford. He was with the Cardinal for two seasons before being named the Head Coach at Western Michigan, where one of his assistant coaches was Brady Hoke. In 2002 Harbaugh led Western Kentucky to the I-AA Championship and was named the American Coaches Association National Coach of the Year. Inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, he is, of course, father of former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.

Frank Maloney (Defensive Line Coach in 1973; on Michigan’s staff 1968-73): A Michigan player from 1959-61, Maloney left Michigan after the 1973 season to become Head Coach at Syracuse, a position he held from 1974-80. After leaving Syracuse, he spent 29 years with the Chicago Cubs, including 27 years as Ticket Operations Director.

George Mans (Defensive Ends Coach in 1973; on Michigan’s staff 1966-1973): A teammate of Maloney’s at Michigan from 1959-61, he and Maloney were the only two assistant coaches from Bump Elliott’s regime to coach for Schembechler. Mans left Michigan after the 1973 season to become Head Coach at Eastern Michigan University, a position he held for two seasons. Mans later became Mayor of Trenton, Michigan, and also served in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Gary Moeller (Defensive Coordinator in 1973; a Michigan coach from 1969-76 and 1980-1994): Moeller left the Michigan coaching staff after the 1976 season to take the Head Coaching position at Illinois. After three seasons at Illinois, Moeller returned to Schembechler’s staff for the 1980 season. Moeller was Michigan’s first ever Offensive Coordinator (1987-89). He of course succeeded Schembechler as Michigan’s Head Coach after Bo’s 1989 retirement.

Chuck Stobart (Offensive Backfield Coach for Michigan from 1969-76): Stobart left the Wolverines to take over as Head Coach of the Toledo Rockets in 1977. He would later be Head Coach of both Utah (1982-84) and Memphis (1989-94).

Elliot Uzelac (Offensive Line Coach in 1973, a Michigan coach in 1973-74 and again from 1982-86): Left Michigan’s staff twice for Head Coaching jobs. He was Head Coach for Western Michigan from 1975-81 (and the MAC Coach of the Year in 1976), and Head Coach of Navy from 1987-89.

Note there was no Offensive Coordinator – Schembechler would not have one until 1987, when Gary Moeller took on the role.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; Week 12, 2013 Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

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

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Games with Wolverines on Coaching Staff

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach
Green Bay, 5-5, hosts Minnesota, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with the Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach.
The Ravens, 4-6, host the New York Jets, 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 2-8, travels to Detroit, 1:00pm ET FOX.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
Jacksonville, 1-9, is at Houston, 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals, 6-4, host Indianapolis, 4:05pm ET on CBS. Goodwin and Head Coach Bruce Arians were with the Colts last season.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83): Senior with Team 104. Now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
New York, 4-6, hosts Dallas, 4:25pm ET, FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco, 6-4, visits Washington in the Monday night game, 8:30pm ET, ESPN.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints moved to 9-2 with a 17-13 Thursday night win over Atlanta.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills
Buffalo, 4-7, has a bye this week.

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Brady Hoke Through 37 Games

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The First 37

With the 24-21 loss to Iowa, Brady Hoke has now coached 37 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-11.

37 Games L Iowa

Arguments can be made all day that Brady Hoke should win more (or should win less) but hasn’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 37 games.

National Championship Comparison

Nat Champ 37 Games L Iowa

Summary

Avg Graph 37 Games L Iowa

Brady Hoke Wins in first 37 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 26.8; Median is 28.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 29.3; Median is 29.5.

The U of M data presented here were obtained in large part from the Bentley Library and its online information.

The information presented here for the national championship coaches was obtained from the football websites of the individual schools.

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