Wolverines Coaching in the College Ranks; 2014 Week 5 Recap

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines 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).

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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-0 Sooners are #4 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 99 rushing yards per game, 17th in the nation.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The Irish, 4-0, are ranked 9th in the land. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to a unit giving up 11.5 points per game, 4th in the nation.

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, 4-1 and ranked #15 by the AP, are 2nd in the nation in passing yards per completion, with 17.92.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd are 4-0 on the season. Heater’s defense is 5th in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert on only 25.4% of 3rd down attempts.

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. Arizona, 4-0, is averaging 594 total yards per game, 6th in the land.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots are 2-0 this season.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 4-1 on the season. Alcorn State is second in the FCS in both sacks and sacks allowed.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers are now 3-2 on the season.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 3-2. Loeffler’s offense is 63rd in the country in total offense, averaging 422 yards per game.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks are 3-2 this season, and ranked 25th in FCS. Stenavich’s offensive line has helped Northern Arizona to 161 rushing yards per game, 66th in FCS.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 2-2, is 4th in the nation in sacks allowed, having only given up one for the entire season.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos are 2-2 this season. Hart’s running backs have rushed for 213 yards per game, 36th in the country.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach, Indiana.
Indiana is 2-2 on the season. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 284 rushing yards per game, 12th in the nation.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee, 2-2. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is #1 in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage (0.208).

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are 2-2. Gibson’s defense ranks 1st in the nation in 4th down conversion defense, having not allowed a 4th down conversion all season.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns are 2-2 on the season. Beford’s defense gives up 17 points per game, 20th in the land.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs are 2-2 and ranked #14 in the FCS. Braithwaite’s defense is 4th in FCS in redzone defense.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 2-2. Hankwitz’s defense allows 17 points per game, 19th in the nation.

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 fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
Michigan is now 2-3. The secondary is contributing to a unit that has given up 283 total yards per game, ninth in the country.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints. The Saints are 1-2 on the young season.

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 are 1-3 on the season. Knight’s wide receivers contribute to an offense which averages 13.65 yards per completion, 42nd in Division II.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans are 1-3 on the season. Robinson’s defense ranks 2nd in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, giving up 83 yards per game through the air.

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014 Week 4

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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.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 2-2, defeated Washington 45-14 in the Thursday night game.

Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

None this week.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 2-1, visit the New York Jets, 1pm ET, FOX.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 1-2, visit Chicago, 1pm 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, 2-1, visits Houston at 1pm ET on CBS.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The 0-3 Jaguars visit San Diego, 4:05pm ET, 1:05pm PT, on CBS.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 1-2, host Philadelphia, 4:25pm ET FOX.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The 1-2 Saints visit Dallas in the Sunday night game, 8:30pm ET, NBC.

Bye Week

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 3-0, have a bye week.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The 1-2 Browns have a bye this week.

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Brady Hoke Through 44 Games

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The First 44

With the 30-14 loss to Minnesota, Brady Hoke has now coached 44 games for Michigan, with a record of 28-16. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 44 games for the maize and blue?

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Ties are counted as 0.5 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 44 games.

National Championship Comparison

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

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Brady Hoke Wins in first 44 games: 28

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 33.4; Median is 34.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 34.9; Median is 35.

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 at College Level; 2014 Week 5 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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Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Western Michigan (2-1) at Virginia Tech (2-2), 12:30pm ET, ESPN3
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
Loeffler was Quarterbacks Coach for Michigan during Hart’s time as a running back. They won a Big Ten Championship in 2004, and went to the Rose Bowl following the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

8th ranked Notre Dame (3-0) vs. Syracuse (2-1) at MetLife Stadium, 8:00pm ET, ABC
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Elston and Shafer did not cross paths during their respective times in Ann Arbor.

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, 1-2, visit Penn State in a noon kickoff on the Big Ten Network.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 3-1 49ers of the FCS host Charleston Southern at noon, ET.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 2-1, visit 12th ranked Georgia in a noon game on ESPN.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints, 0-2, host Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) in a 1:00pm ET matchup.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
Indiana, 2-1, hosts Maryland at 1:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots, 1-0, host Williamston Tech in a 3:00pm ET kickoff.

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 fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
The Wolverines, 2-2, host Minnesota at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns, 1-2, visit Kansas in a 4:00pm ET, 3:00pm CT kickoff on FOX Sports 1.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 3-1 Braves, member of the FCS, host Southern University at 5:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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 1-2 Wildcats host Michigan Tech in a homecoming affair, 7:00pm ET.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks, 2-2, host Cal Poly at 7:00pm ET, 4:00pm PT.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, 1-2, and ranked # 15 in the country in the FCS, host Samford at 7:00pm ET.

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, 3-1 and ranked #17 in the land, host New Mexico State in a 7:30pm ET matchup on the SEC Network.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 1-2, host Nevada at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on the CBS Sports Network.

Bye Week

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma. The Sooners, 4-0 and #4 in the land, have a bye week.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd (4-0) have a bye this week.

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, 4-0, have a bye this week.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 2-2, have a bye week.

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Brady Hoke and Fitz Toussaint
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Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): now Offensive Line Coach, Warner University Royals of the NAIA. Warner, 2-2, visits Ave Maria University in a 1pm ET kickoff.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 1-2, visits Pittsburgh in a 1:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach.
The Wolfpack, 4-0, host top ranked and undefeated Florida State at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now in his first season with Buffalo, coaching the secondary. The 2-2 Bulls host Miami Ohio at 3:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Don Treadwell (Offensive Coordinator 2003 for Brady Hoke at Ball State): Now Running Backs Coach for Kent State. The Golden Flashes, 0-3, visit Virginia to take on the Cavaliers, 3:30pm ET, ESPN3.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 2-1 Wildcats, #14 in FCS, host Florida Tech in a 4:00pm ET kickoff.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 1-2, visit Northern Iowa in a 5:00pm 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, 1-2, host UNLV in an 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT kickoff 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, 2-2, have a bye week.

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On the Coaching Front: Michigan vs. Colorado 1994

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Silence. Eery silence. I have never heard 100,000 people be so quiet at the end of a football game. Twenty years ago, on September 24, 1994, I was one of 106,427 fans in The Big House, witnessing Kordell Stewart’s Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook, earning the Buffaloes a 27-26 victory over Michigan.

Walking amid the masses on the concourse after the game, I remember passing Don Canham, who was walking in the opposite direction. The stunned look on his face mirrored the rest of us.

Looking back from a coaching personnel perspective, it is amazing to see the Colorado staff’s numerous links to Bo Schembechler. On the field and on the coaching sidelines, the game featured a veritable Who’s Who of Michigan football. Here are some of the men who were on the field that day:

Links to Bo Schembechler:

Gary Moeller was Michigan’s Head Coach in 1994. Moeller coached under Schembechler at Michigan from 1969-76, and again from 1980-89 before taking over the head coaching reins for the 1990 season following Bo’s retirement.

Lloyd Carr was Michigan’s Defensive Coordinator that day. Carr was Michigan’s Defensive Backs Coach under Schembechler from 1980-86, becoming Defensive Coordinator for the Wolverines in 1987. He would of course later become Michigan’s Head Coach and lead the maize and blue to the National Championship in 1997. Carr was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Les Miles was Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach in 1994. An offensive lineman under Schembechler from 1972-75, as a player he was part of three Big Ten Championship teams, yet none of those squads ever played in a Rose Bowl. Currently Head Coach at LSU, Miles led the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship. He was also named 2011 National Coach of the Year by AP, Home Depot, Walter Camp, and Liberty Mutual.

Jim Herrmann was Michigan’s Inside Linebackers Coach in 1994. A linebacker under Schembechler from 1979-82, as a player he was part of two Big Ten Championship and two Rose Bowl teams, including a Rose Bowl win to wrap up the 1980 season. His coaching career includes a collegiate National Championship and a Super Bowl Championship in the NFL. Herrmann is currently Linebackers Coach with the NFL’s New York Giants, where he has been since 2009. Herrmann was Defensive Coordinator for Michigan’s 1997 National Championship team. He also was Linebackers Coach for New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI championship team (2011 season).

Bill McCartney was Colorado’s Head Coach in 1994. McCartney was Defensive Ends Coach under Schembechler from 1974-76 and Defensive Coordinator from 1977-81, when Bob Ufer dubbed the Wolverines’ defense “McCartney’s Monsters.” McCartney led Colorado to the National Championship in 1990.

Elliot Uzelac was Colorado’s Offensive Coordinator in 1994. He had two stints on Schembechler’s coaching staff. The first was as Offensive Line Coach in 1972 and 1973; the second was again as Offensive Line Coach from 1982-86. Uzelac was Head Coach at Western Michigan from 1975-81, and Head Coach at Navy from 1987-89. He was named MAC’s Coach of Year in 1976.

Mike Hankwitz was Colorado’s Defensive Coordinator in 1994. A member of Schembechler’s first team in 1969, Hankwitz was a tight end for Michigan from 1966-69. Hankwitz is currently Defensive Coordinator with the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten, where he has been since 2008. Hankwitz was Defensive Coordinator for Colorado’s 1990 National Championship Team.

Chuck Heater was Colorado’s Secondary Coach in 1994. A running back under Schembechler from 1971-74, Heater was a part of four Big Ten Championship teams and one Rose Bowl team. Heater is currently Defensive Coordinator with the Marshall Thundering Herd of the Conference USA, where he has been since 2013. Heater was on staff of 1988 Notre Dame National Champion Team, and 2006 and 2008 Florida National Championship Teams.

Michigan Players on the Field Now in the Coaching Ranks:

Matt Dyson, Michigan linebacker, now Head Coach George Mason University’s club football team.

Mike Elston, Michigan linebacker, now Defensive Line Coach, Notre Dame.

Harold Goodwin, Michigan offensive lineman, now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals. An assistant coach on three Super Bowl teams, Goodwin earned one Super Bowl ring as an Offensive Assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

Scot Loeffler, Michigan quarterback, now Offensive Coordinator, Virginia Tech.

Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan running back, now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills.

Current Michigan Coaches on Michigan’s 1994 Staff:

Greg Mattison was Michigan’s Defensive Line Coach in 1994. Mattison joined Michigan’s staff in 1992 and was Defensive Line Coach his first three seasons before becoming Defensive Coordinator for the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. He of course rejoined Michigan’s staff as Defensive Coordinator in 2011 under Brady Hoke. Mattison was Defensive Coordinator for Florida’s 2006 National Championship Team.

Fred Jackson was Michigan’s Running Backs Coach in 1994. Jackson joined Michigan’s staff under Gary Moeller in 1992, and has been Running Backs Coach for all but two seasons since (he was Offensive Coordinator in 1995 and 1996). Jackson has coached under 4 of Michigan’s 19 Head Coaches (Moeller, Carr, Rodriguez, and Hoke).

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014, Week 3 Recap

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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.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals have started the season 3-0 after defeating San Francisco 23-14. Goodwin’s offense is averaging 22 points per game, 14th in the league. Goodwin talks about Arizona’s quarterback situation.

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 has started the season 2-1. Wheatley’s running backs have helped the Bills to rush for 131 yards per game, 11th best in the league.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions are 2-1, coming off a 19-7 win over Green Bay. Austin’s defense with the help of Sheridan’s linebackers have held opponents to 244 total yards per game, best in the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco is 1-2 after falling to Arizona 23-14. The 49ers have allowed 312 total yards per game, 6th in the NFL.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The Browns are 1-2 after a 22-21 loss to Baltimore. Moeller’s offensive line has helped Cleveland to 135 rushing yards per game, 10th in the league.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers are 1-2 after a 19-7 loss to Detroit. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped Green Bay to hold opponents to 198 passing yards per game, 6th in the NFL.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 1-2, defeated Houston 30-17. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped New York to hold opponents to 106 yards rushing per game, 14th in the NFL.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints are 1-2 after defeating Minnesota 20-9. Malone’s tight ends have helped New Orleans to 422 total yards per game, 4th best in the NFL.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars have started the season 0-3.

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Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, 2014 Week 4

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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.

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Brady Hoke and Fitz Toussaint
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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach for Hoke at Michigan 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-0 Sooners are #4 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 99 rushing yards per game, 20th in the nation.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach.
The Wolfpack improved to 4-0 with a 42-0 win over Presbyterian. Faulkner’s tight ends have contributed to an offensive unit which is 9th in the nation in number of first downs, with 105.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 2-1 Wildcats, ranked #14 in the nation in FCS, fell to 2-1 with a 41-7 loss to Divison 1 UCF. Powell’s offensive line has helped Bethune-Cookman to 131 rushing yards per game, 83rd in FCS.

Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The Eagles are now 2-2 after defeating Morehead State 40-32. Burnett’s defense has forced eight turnovers, 20th best in FCS.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now in his first season with Buffalo, coaching the secondary. The 2-2 Bulls defeated Norfolk State 36-7. Lewis’s defensive backs have allowed 257 passing yards per game, 89th in the nation.

Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): now Offensive Line Coach, Warner University Royals. Warner, of the NAIA, improved to 2-2 after a 30-20 win over University of Faith.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 1-2, fell to Marshall 48-17. Boykin’s running backs average 91 yards per game on the ground, 116th in FBS.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 1-2, lost 10-7 to Tennessee State. Powell’s defensive backs are part of a unit allowing 317 yards per game, 25th in FCS.

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, 1-2, lost 28-7 to Oregon State. San Diego State is 7th in the nation in punt return defense, with opponents averaging a negative 0.6 yards per return.

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Wolverines Coaching in College Ranks; 2014 Week 4 Recap

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines 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).

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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-0 Sooners are #4 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 99 rushing yards per game, 20th in the nation.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The Irish, 3-0, are ranked 8th in the land. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to a unit giving up 10.3 points per game, 3rd in the nation.

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, 3-1 and ranked #17 by the AP, are 2nd in the nation in passing yards per completion, with 18.90.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd are 4-0 on the season. Heater’s defense is 9th in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert on only 25.4% of 3rd down attempts.

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. Arizona, 4-0, is averaging 594 total yards per game, 5th in the land.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots are 1-0 this season.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers are now 3-1 on the season.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 3-1 on the season. Alcorn State leads the FCS in sacks, averaging 4.5 sacks per game.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 2-1, is 6th in the nation in sacks allowed, having only given up one for the entire season.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos are 2-1 this season. Hart’s running backs have rushed for 278 yards per game, 16th in the country.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach, Indiana.
Indiana improved to 2-1 on the season. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 310 rushing yards per game, eighth in the nation.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee, 2-1. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is 2nd in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage (0.233).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 2-2. Loeffler’s offense is 75th in the country in total offense, averaging 406 yards per game.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks are 2-2 this season, and ranked 22nd in FCS. Stenavich’s offensive line has helped Northern Arizona to 152.5 rushing yards per game, 69th in FCS.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are 2-2. Gibson’s defense ranks 1st in the nation in 4th down conversion defense, having not allowed a 4th down conversion all season.

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 fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
Michigan is now 2-2. The secondary is contributing to a unit that has given up 261 total yards per game, eighth in the country.

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 are 1-2 on the season. Knight’s wide receivers contribute to an offense which averages 13.15 yards per completion, 59th in Division II.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans are 1-2 on the season. Robinson’s defense ranks 2nd in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, giving up 89 yards per game through the air.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns are 1-2 on the season. Beford’s defense gives up 322 yards per game, 26th in the land.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. Despite being 1-2, the Mocs are ranked # 15 in the country in the FCS. Braithwaite’s defense is 3rd in FCS in redzone defense.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 1-2. Hankwitz’s defense allows 20 points per game, 37th in the nation.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints. The Saints are 0-2 on the young season.

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014 Week 3

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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.

Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Green Bay (1-1) at Detroit (1-1), 1pm ET, FOX
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Trgovac was not in Ann Arbor during Austin’s and Sheridan’s coaching stints with Michigan. Julius Peppers and Green Bay’s defensive line.

San Francisco (1-1) at Arizona (2-0), 4:05pm ET, 1:05pm PT, FOX
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
Harbaugh and Goodwin did not cross paths in Ann Arbor, though Harbaugh’s position coach (Jerry Hanlon) was also Goodwin’s position coach on the offensive line.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

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, 2-0, hosts San Diego at 1pm ET on CBS.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The 1-1 Browns host Baltimore, where Moeller won a Super Bowl ring as Offensive Line Coach, in a 1pm ET matchup on CBS.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 0-2, host Houston in a 1pm ET kickoff on CBS.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The 0-2 Saints host Minnesota in a 1pm ET matchup on FOX.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The 0-2 Jaguars host Indianapolis, 1pm ET on CBS.

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Brady Hoke Through 43 Games

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The First 43

With the 26-10 loss to Utah, Brady Hoke has now coached 43 games for Michigan, with a record of 28-15. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 43 games for the maize and blue?

43 games L Utah
Ties are counted as 0.5 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 43 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
43 games L Utah

Summary

trend graph 43 games L Utah

Brady Hoke Wins in first 43 games: 28

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 32.7; Median is 33.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 34.2; Median is 34.0.

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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