Interview with Phil Burnett, DL Coach for Brady Hoke at Ball State

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Phil Burnett 2Phil Burnett was Defensive Line Coach for Brady Hoke at Ball State for all six seasons in which Hoke was the Head Coach for the Cardinals. Burnett played college football at Northern Illinois, and has had coaching stints with Oregon State, California University (Pa.), and Defiance College. He is currently the Defensive Coordinator at Morehead State University, an FCS school located in Morehead, Kentucky.

How did you get your start in coaching and who were the coaches that helped mold you?
Bill Mallory, at that time (1983) was the Head Coach at Northern Illinois and he recruited me to play at NIU. Lee Corso came in for 10 months in 1984, then he left for the USFL. Jerry Pettibone came to Northern Illinois at that time, and I played for him for him my last three years. After I graduated I stayed at NIU as a Graduate Assistant for three years (1988-90). Coach Pettibone then got the Oregon State job and took me with him. I was Brady’s Graduate Assistant for the defensive line at Oregon State (1991-1993).

I was at California University of Pennsylvania when Brady got the Ball State job in 2003. He called me and said, “Pack your stuff, let’s go.” When Hoke left Ball State after six seasons for San Diego State, Stan Parrish was named Ball State’s Head Coach. Stan wanted me to stay at Ball State, so I stayed. I’m at Morehead State now, where Rob Tenyer is the Head Coach. I knew Rob from my days at California University of Pennsylvania.

I’ve learned from all the Head Coaches that I’ve worked or played for – Bill Mallory, Lee Corso, Jerry Pettibone, Greg Pscodna, Mike Kolakowski, John Luckhardt, Brady Hoke, and Stan Parrish. You take bits and pieces of what each has taught you and add that knowledge to your own coaching philosophy. If I ever have the opportunity to be a Head Coach, I’ll have developed my philosophy from all of them.

When Rob was elevated to the Head Coaching position at Morehead State (in December 2012), he knew we had to change the culture. It was a shock to a lot of kids. Everything you do on a daily basis – you mold the kids to do the right things for the program. Everything from how to go to class, how to act in the academic center, how to attack the weight room, what kind of teammate are you in the locker room and what kind of person you are on campus. You get them to believe in one another, to invest in something bigger than themselves. You cannot deviate from the plan. You have to keep hammering home the right things to do. When they fall off the path, we use the “strike” program, where the first three strikes, you are running at 5:30am on Tuesday morning. The fourth strike, your position group runs with you, and for the fifth strike, your entire side of the ball runs with you. This helps to get the kids to self-monitor. But you can’t bend, and you know it will take awhile to get our philosophy ingrained.

The assistant coaches need to carry out the plan. Sometimes it takes awhile, sometimes it doesn’t. You try to motivate the kids to do the right things. Winning does cure a lot. When you struggle to win, it usually takes a little longer.

At Morehead State, we have a great nucleus of young kids, and we are playing a lot of young kids. On defense, we had only four seniors in 2013. But as long as your seniors are working hard, you have a chance. If you treat your players with respect, if they understand you care for them as a human being and they believe in one another; then you have a chance.

The biggest key in any program is the strength coach – he is one of the most important coaches on your staff. One of the best strength coaches in America is at Michigan, Aaron Wellman, who was with us at Ball State. He makes the kids work hard and respect each other as football players. Aaron is great at developing leaders. He has the ability to teach the importance of being a great teammate and leader.

It took awhile at Ball State. As a staff we recruited hard. All the coaches were great recruiters (current UM coaches with Hoke at Ball State include Linebackers Coach Mark Smith, Wide Receivers Coach Jeff Hecklinski, and Offensive Line Coach Darrell Funk). The staff really sold the family atmosphere at Ball State. We were able to sign a lot of kids that could have played in the Big Ten.

Brady thinks and expects a lot from the senior group. He expects the seniors to play their best football. He makes that known to them, and they respond. There are other little things that he did for the seniors at Ball State. For instance, the seniors always ate first. He would always meet with the seniors and he had a Leadership Council made up of seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen. He believes it’s their team and wants input. If you have a good senior group, chances are you’ll have a solid team.

Sometimes you can get a freshman playing at the Division 1 level. It takes a special guy to do that. There’s just so much on their plate the first semester – they have to get up, eat, go to class, study and practice. Some kids physically and mentally are there and ready to play from the start. It’s ironic, usually the kid you don’t think is going to play right away is the kid that does. In August, we get four weeks of just football. Then class starts. It gets hectic. Most kids need time to settle in and adjust.

What was it like to be the Defensive Line Coach for a man who was the Defensive Line Coach on a National Championship team?

You listen to him. You strongly take his advice. When I was a GA at Oregon State, I learned a lot from Brady. As a coach in that situation, you get coached a little bit, too. At Ball State, one year he coached the linebackers, another year the safeties. His hand was always on the defensive line. We had a great working relationship. He’s a passionate guy. He loves the defensive line.

Did Brady Hoke wear a headset at Ball State?
He was Defensive Coordinator a few of those years at Ball State, so yes he did wear a headset. (In 2007-08 Mark Smith had the title of Defensive Coordinator but Hoke called the defense). Brady has all the confidence in the world in his assistant coaches.

Dividends will come and will pay off. Brady has a knack of getting the best out of his players. Sometimes it takes two to three years to develop kids. Kids love Brady and he loves them. Brady has won over the kids there. He’s a hands-on coach, and he will be successful at Michigan.

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me.
I’ve enjoyed it.

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Brady Hoke Through 39 Games

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The First 39

With the 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, Brady Hoke has now coached 39 games for Michigan, with a record of 26-13. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 39 games for the maize and blue?

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Ties are counted as 0.5 wins.

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 39 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
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Bowl Game Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s bowl wins in first three bowl games versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
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Summary

Avg Graph 39 Games L K State

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 39 games: 26

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 29.8; Median is 31.0.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 30.8; Median is 31.0.

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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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; Week 16, 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.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 10-4, are at Carolina, 1:00pm ET, 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, 5-9, hosts Miami, 1:00pm ET, CBS.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 4-10, is at St. Louis, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, 4-10, host Tennessee, 1:00pm ET, CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals, 9-5, visit Seattle, 4:05pm ET, 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, 5-9, visits Detroit, 4:05pm 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, 8-6, host New England, 4:25pm ET, CBS.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach
Green Bay, 7-6-1, hosts Pittsburgh, 4:25pm ET, CBS.

Monday December 23

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco, 10-4, hosts St. Louis in the final game in Candlestick Park, 8:30pm ET, ESPN.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; A Look Back at Week 15, 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.

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Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 10-4, fell to St. Louis 27-16. New Orleans is 2nd in the NFL in passing yards per game (308); and 10th in the NFL in points per game (26).

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 10-4, defeated Tampa Bay 33-14. San Francisco has rushed for 137 yards per game, 5th in the NFL. They have given up 16 points per game, 3rd in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 9-5 after a 37-34 overtime victory over Tennessee. Goodwin’s offense is averaging 24 points per game, 15th 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 8-6 after a 18-16 win over Detroit. 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 83 yards per game, 29th in the NFL.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay, 7-6-1, defeated Dallas in an amazing comeback, 37-36. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) are allowing 123 rushing yards per game, 25th 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, 5-9, lost to Seattle 23-0. New York is 28th in the league in rushing yards per game (84), and have given up the 26 points per game, 20th in the 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, 5-9, defeated Jacksonville 27-20. Wheatley’s running backs are 4th in the league in rushing yards, averaging 138 yards per game.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 4-10, fell to San Francisco 33-14. Sheridan’s defense has allowed 23 points per game, 13th in the NFL.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 4-10, fell to Buffalo 27-20. Jacksonville is 7th in average kickoff return (25.4 yards per return).

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; Week 15, 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.

Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

San Francisco (9-4) at Tampa Bay (4-9), 1:00pm ET, FOX
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
Harbaugh and Sheridan of course did not cross paths in Ann Arbor. They are both, however, part of Father-Son Coach-Player duos in Michigan football history. Jack Harbaugh, Jim’s father, was a defensive assistant coach under Bo, a few years before his quarterback son would play at Michigan. Bill Sheridan was a defensive assistant coach under Lloyd Carr a few years before his quarterback son, Nick, would play at Michigan.

Buffalo (4-9) at Jacksonville (4-9), 1:00pm ET, CBS
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
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
Mallory did not cross paths with either Wheatley or Anderson in Ann Arbor.

Other Games with Wolverines in Coaching Ranks

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, 5-8, hosts Seattle, 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 10-3, are at St. Louis, 4:25pm ET, FOX.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals, 8-5, visit Tennessee, 4:25pm ET, FOX

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach
Green Bay, 6-6-1, visits Dallas, 4:25pm ET, FOX.

Monday December 16

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, 7-6, visit Detroit, 8:30pm ET, ESPN

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; A Look Back at Week 14, 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.

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Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 10-3, defeated Carolina 31-13. New Orleans is 2nd in the NFL in passing yards per game (303); and 8th in the NFL in points per game (26).

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 9-4, defeated Seattle 19-17. San Francisco has rushed for 133 yards per game, 6th in the NFL. They have given up 17 points per game, 3rd in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 8-5 after a 30-10 victory over St. Louis. Goodwin’s offense is averaging 24 points per game, 16th 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 7-6 after a 29-26 win over Minnesota. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense giving up an average of 20 points per game, 8th in the NFL. Moeller’s offensive line has contributed to the Ravens rushing for only 82 yards per game, 29th in the NFL.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay, 6-6-1, defeated Atlanta 22-21. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) are allowing 123 rushing yards per game, 25th 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, 5-8, were officially eliminated from the playoffs after losing to San Diego 37-14. New York is 26th in the league in rushing yards per game (88), and have given up the 26 points per game, 22nd in the NFL.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 4-9, defeated Buffalo 27-6. Sheridan’s defense has allowed 22 points per game, 11th in the 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, 4-9, lost to Tampa Bay 27-6. Wheatley’s running backs are 5th in the league in rushing yards, averaging 134 yards per game.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 4-9, defeated Houston 27-20. Jacksonville is tied for 6th in average kickoff return (25.7 yards per return).

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Former Wolverine Players & Coaches Coaching in Bowl Season 2013

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Fergodsakes.com previews the upcoming bowl season with an eye towards former Wolverine players and coaches who will be coaching in this season’s bowl games. For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

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Coaching in Bowl Games

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 10-2 Sooners, ranked 11th in the BCS, defeated Oklahoma State 33-24 on Saturday to close out their regular season. They will face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2, 8:30pm ET, on ESPN.

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 9-3 Tigers, 16th in the BCS Standings, will face Iowa in the Outback Bowl, 1:00pm ET on January 1, ESPN.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 8-4 Hokies will play UCLA in the Sun Bowl on December 31, 2:00pm ET on CBS.

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 7-5 Wildcats will play Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl on December 31, 12:30pm ET on ESPN.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorns, 8-4, lost to Baylor 30-10 on Saturday. They will play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, December 30, 6:45pm on ESPN.

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 7-5 Wolverines will play Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, December 28, 10:15pm ET on ESPN.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The 11-1 Cardinals, #18 in the BCS Standings, defeated Cincinnati 31-24 in overtime on Thursday night. They will face Miami in the Florida Citrus Bowl on December 28, 6:45pm ET on ESPN.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 8-4, will face future Big Ten member Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 28, noon ET, on ESPN.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 6-6 Orange. Syracuse will play Minnesota in the Texas Bowl, December 27 at 6:00pm ET on ESPN.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd, 9-4, fell to Rice 41-24 in the Conference USA Championship Game. They will play Maryland in the Military Bowl, December 27, 2:30pm ET on ESPN.

Seasons Completed

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 9-3 Braves, member of the FCS, completed its season on November 23 with a 48-33 win over Jackson State. Alcorn State finished the season 19th in FCS in scoring, averaging 37 points per game.

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, closed out their season November 23 with a loss to then #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.

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 on November 23.

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.) on November 16. Siena Heights is 5th in all of NAIA in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 17 points per game.

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 on November 23. 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 5-7 Wildcats finished their season on a bright note, defeating Illinois 37-34 on November 30. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 19 interceptions, tied for fourth in the country. They 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, 5-7, finished their season November 30 with a 56-36 win over Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket. Mallory’s defense is 114th 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 509 total yards per game, 11th 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 5-7 Volunteers finished their season Thanksgiving weekend with a 27-14 win over Kentucky. 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 4-8 Mountaineers finished their season Thanksgiving weekend with a 52-44 triple overtime loss to Iowa State. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 263 passing yards per game, 107th 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 on November 16. 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 2-10 Bulls closed their season with a 31-6 loss to Rutgers on December 7.

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, 2-10, lost on Thanksgiving weekend to Central Michigan 42-10 to close out their season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles averaged 158 rushing yards per game, 75th in the country. They are 111th in scoring offense (19 points per game) and 109th in total offense (336 yards per game).

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; A Look Back at Week 13, 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.

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Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 9-3, lost to Seattle 34-7. The Saints are 3rd in the NFL in passing yards per game (303); and 7th in the NFL in points per game (26).

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 8-4, defeated St. Louis 23-13. The 49ers have rushed for 131 yards per game, 7th in the NFL. They have given up 16 points per game, 3rd in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are 7-5 after a 24-21 loss to Philadelphia. Goodwin’s offense is averaging 23 points per game, 18th in the NFL.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay, 5-6-1, lost to Detroit 40-10. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) are allowing 126 rushing yards per game, 26th 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 6-6 after a 22-20 win over Pittsburgh. 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 81 yards per game, 30th 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 5-7 after defeating Washington 24-17. New York is 26th in the league in rushing yards per game (88), and have given up the 25 points per game, 20th 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, 4-8, lost to Atlanta 34-31. Wheatley’s running backs are 4th in the league in rushing yards, averaging 139 yards per game.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 3-9, fell to Carolina 27-6. Sheridan’s defense has allowed 24 points per game, 17th in the NFL.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 3-9, defeated Cleveland 32-28. Jacksonville is 4th in average kickoff return (25.8 yards per return).

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; A Look Back Week 14, 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 9-3 Tigers, 15th in the BCS Standings, finished their regular season by defeating Arkansas 31-27. Cameron’s offense is 1st in the nation in third down conversion rate (0.586), and 4th 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, #17 in the BCS, had a bye week. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to be 13th 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, #19 in the BCS Standings, had a bye week. Bedford’s defense is number one in the country in third down conversion defense (0.264) and in first down defense. The Cards are second in the country in total defense (243 yards per game), rushing defense (83 yards per game), and passing yards allowed (160 yards per game).

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd, 9-3, defeated East Carolina 59-28 and will face Rice in the Conference USA Championship Game. Heater’s defense is 6th in the nation in passing efficiency defense, and 16th in the country in third down conversion defense (0.333).

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorns, 8-3, defeated Texas Tech 41-16. Texas is 24th in the nation in team passing efficiency defense.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 8-4, finished their regular season with a 27-20 loss to Stanford. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to Notre Dame giving up 202 passing yards per game, 17th in the country.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 8-4 Hokies finished their regular season with a 16-6 win over Virginia. Loeffler’s offense is 110th in rushing yards per game (118) and 95th in scoring offense (23 points per game). In addition, they are 113th in red zone offense and 107nd in third down conversions.

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 7-5 Wolverines fell to Ohio State 42-41. The linebackers and secondary have teamed to help Michigan intercept 17 passes, tied for 12th in the land.

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 7-5 Wildcats finished their regular season losing to archrival Arizona State, 58-21. Arizona is 12th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 266 yards per game on the ground.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 6-6 Orange, who finished their regular season with a 34-31 win over Boston College. Syracuse is 11th in the country in 3rd Down Conversion defense (0.322).

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The 2-9 Bulls fell to Central Florida 23-20. South Florida is 120th in scoring offense (15 points per game), 121st in total offense (266 yards per game), and 121st in team passing efficiency.

Seasons Completed

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.

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.

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.

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 5-7 Wildcats finished their season on a bright note, defeating Illinois 37-34. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 19 interceptions, tied for fourth in the country. They 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, 5-7, finished their season with a 56-36 win over Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket. Mallory’s defense is 114th 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 509 total yards per game, 11th 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 5-7 Volunteers finished their season with a 27-14 win over Kentucky. 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 4-8 Mountaineers finished their season with a 52-44 triple overtime loss to Iowa State. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 263 passing yards per game, 107th 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.

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, 2-10, lost to Central Michigan 42-10 to close out their season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles averaged 158 rushing yards per game, 75th in the country. They are 111th in scoring offense (19 points per game) and 109th in total offense (336 yards per game).

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Brady Hoke and Ohio State Rivalry

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Brady Hoke is of course 1-2 as Michigan Head Coach against Ohio State. How does this compare among Michigan Head Football Coaches who have coached three games against Ohio State? Let’s take a look:

3 Rivalry Games L OSU

Moeller and Oosterbaan each had two wins and a tie against OSU in their first three games against the Buckeyes, accounting for the graph to reflect 2.5 wins for each.

Interestingly, the sum of the scores of Hoke’s first three games as Head Coach against OSU is 102-102.

How does Coach Hoke compare with National Championship Coaches in the BCS era in their first three games against their biggest rival?

Nat Champ 3 Games v Rival L OSU

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)

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