Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each 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).
Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other
Indiana (5-6) at Purdue (2-9), Saturday, noon ET on Big Ten Network
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana.
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Malone is in his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach.
This battle for the Old Oaken Bucket has two former Michigan Offensive Line Coaches on opposite sidelines.
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Thanksgiving Day, November 26
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 4-6, host Texas Tech, 7:30pm ET on Fox Sports 1.
Friday November 27
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The Broncos, 6-5, visit #24 Toledo, noon ET on CBS Sports Network.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 9-2, visit Western Kentucky, noon ET on Fox Sports 1.
Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 6-5 Zips host Kent State in a noon ET kickoff on ESPN3.
Adam Stenavich (offensive lineman 2001-05), OL Coach; and
Al Borges (Offensive Coordinator 2011-13), Offensive Coordinator; and
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10), Defensive Coordinator; and
Dan Ferrigno (Tight Ends Coach 2011-14), Special Teams Coordinator
All now with San Jose State University. The Spartans, 5-6, host Boise State, 3:30pm ET on CBS Sports Network.
Saturday November 28
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
Michigan, #10 in the nation, is 9-2. The Wolverines host the 8th ranked Buckeyes, noon ET on ABC.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia; and
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10):
Gibson is now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia, and Tall is the Defensive Line Coach.
West Virginia, 6-4, hosts Iowa State in a noon ET kickoff on Fox Sports 1.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
The Hokies, 5-6, visit Virginia in Frank Beamer’s final regular season game. Noon ET on ESPNU.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third and final season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-8, hosts Boston College at 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator.
The Mocs, 8-3 and ranked #7 in FCS, have won their third straight conference championship. They host Fordham in the first round of the playoffs, 1:00pm ET on ESPN3.
Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14): Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo; and
Roy Roundtree (Wide Receiver 2008-12): Now Wide Receivers Coach for the ThunderWolves
The Thunderwolves, 11-1, visit Midwestern State (TX) in the second round of the Division II playoffs, 2:00pm ET, noon MT.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The 1-10 Cowboys host UNLV, 2:00pm ET.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC, 7-3, visit Jackson State, 3:00pm ET.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats, 9-2 and #16 in the land, visit Illinois in a 3:30pm ET kick on ESPNU.
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State.
The Cougars, 8-3, visit Washington, 3:30pm ET on FOX.
Mike DeBord (Tight Ends Coach 1992-94; OL Coach 1995-96; Offensive Coordinator 1997-99 and 2006-07; Special Teams Coordinator 2004-05):
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07):
DeBord is in his first season as Offensive Coordinator and Stripling is in his third season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 7-4, host Vanderbilt at 4:00pm ET on the SEC Network.
Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
Florida, 10-1 and #12 in the country, hosts #13 Florida State, 7:30pm ET on ESPN.
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.
LSU, 7-3, hosts Texas A&M, 7:30pm ET on SEC Network.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the Linebackers Coach for Notre Dame.
The 10-1 Irish, ranked 6th in the land, visit 9th ranked Stanford, 7:30pm ET on FOX.
Mark Smith (Linebackers Coach 2011-13; Defensive Line Coach 2014):
Smith is in his first season as the Defensive Line Coach with Florida Tech.
The Panthers ended their season with a 7-4 record.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10), WR Coach; and
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10), Offensive Coordinator; and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10), QB Coach;
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez.
The Wildcats finished their season 6-6.
Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99):
Member of the 1997 National Championship team and a senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach.
A Division II squad, Wildcats finished the 5-6 on the season.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints.
The Saints finished their season 4-6.
Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The Grizzlies finished their season with a 3-8 record.
Derrick Alexander (wide receiver 1989-93):
A senior on Team 114, Alexander is now the Wide Receivers Coach at Wilmington College.
The Quakers of Division III, finished their season 1-9.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94):
A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.