2014 Recruiting Classes for Former Michigan Players, Coaches

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The 2014 recruiting classes are in for former Michigan football players, coaches, and former Brady Hoke assistant coaches who are now coaching various college programs.

Ranking are based on 247Sports.com, ESPN.com ($$), Rivals.com, and Scout.com.

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Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Now Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers are thought to have a top 5 class in the country, which is anywhere from 2nd to 4th in the SEC. Here is Tennessee’s 2014 recruiting class.

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 Tigers are generally thought to have a Top 7 class, which is anywhere from 2nd to 4th in the SEC. Here is the 2014 LSU recruiting class.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the Defensive Line Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have put together a class that is generally a Top 10 class in the nation. Here is Notre Dame’s 2014 recruiting class.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is now the Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma. The Sooners are thought to have about the 15th best class in the nation, good for a Top 2 class in the Big 12. Here is the 2014 Oklahoma recruiting class.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator, University of Texas. 2014 will be Head Coach Charlie Strong’s first season as Head Coach with the Longhorns. Texas is thought to have about the 15th best class in the nation, and a Top 3 class in the Big 12. Here is the 2014 Longhorns recruiting class.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is the Secondary Coach; Manning is the Inside Linebackers Coach. The Wolverines are thought to have about the 20th best class in the nation, which is anywhere from 2nd to 4th in the Big Ten. Here is Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class.

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 are generally thought to have a class ranking around 25th in the nation, which is 4th to 6th in the Pac 12. Here is Arizona’s 2014 class.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are generally thought to have the 25th-30th best class in the country, which is 4th to 6th best in the ACC. Here is the Hokies 2014 recruiting class.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10):Frey is the now the Offensive Line Coach for Indiana. The Hoosiers have brought in what is thought to have a class which ranks generally anywhere from 35th to 45th in the country, which is in the bottom half of the Big Ten. Here is Indiana’s 2014 signing day class.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats rankings are anywhere from 35th or so in the nation to around 60th in the land. They are thought to be in the bottom half of the Big Ten. Click here for the 2014 Northwestern recruiting class.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The Mountaineers have brought in what is though to be around the 40th to 45th best class in the nation, which is around 6th in the Big 12. Here is West Virginia’s 2014 class.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Now Head Coach, Syracuse. The Orange are generally thought to have a class that ranks around 50th in the country, which is near the bottom in the ACC. Here is the 2014 Syracuse signing day information.

Mike Hart(running back, 2004-07): Now Running Backs Coach with Western Michigan. The Broncos have brought in a class which is on average around 60th in the nation, #1 in the Mid American Conference. Here is WMU’s 2014 recruiting class.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Defensive Coordinator with Marshall University. The Thundering Herd have what is thought to be around the 60th best class in the nation, and the #1 class in Conference USA. Here is Marshall’s class.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. Here is the 2014 recruiting class for the Braves of the FCS.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. Here is the 2014 recruiting class for the 49ers of the FCS.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Just completed his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. Here is the 2014 recruiting info for the Mocs of the FBS.

Marcus Knight(wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. Here is the 2014 recruiting class for the Division II Wildcats.

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. Here is the signing day class for the Saints.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): Now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.

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Jim Harbaugh and George Allen

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This is a re-post from a little over a year ago – January 21, 2013. It’s one of my favorite Super Bowl trivia type items, tied in with the University of Michigan.

As you know, Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan football player to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Furthermore, there is no former Michigan coach who has been Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. But there is an interesting twist which could lead you to win a bar bet or two.

George Allen was Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the team which lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-7, capping the Dolphins’ perfect season. Bob Griese, father of Brian, was of course the quarterback for that Dolphins team. (Former Wolverine Tight End Jim Mandich, starter on the 1969 UM team, was Griese’s tight end for Miami).

A member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, George Allen actually spent some time coaching football at Michigan. While earning his Masters Degree from UM, Allen was assistant coach to Cliff Keen for the University of Michigan Lightweights Football team, a squad comprised of players 150 pounds and lighter. According to this article published in 1997 in Michigan Today, there was a lightweights league including UM, OSU, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Michigan had a lightweights team only in 1947 and 1948 before the league disbanded.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has a section “colleges” in which the Hall of Famers are listed by college attended. Allen is listed under four different schools – Alma College, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Michigan. This press release in 1981 from the office of President Ronald Reagan appointing Allen as Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1947 and an M.A. in 1948. Allen did not play football at Michigan.

So it is correct to say that Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan player or coach to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Harbaugh is not, however, the first Michigan degree holder to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team – that distinction goes to George Allen. As for the rest of the story, Allen was a coach for a University of Michigan football team… it just wasn’t the team that we’ve followed all these years.

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Fergodsakes Method of Predicting Super Bowl Teams

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The last eight Super Bowls, and 10 of the last 11, have included a former Michigan player or coach as an assistant coach for at least one of the Super Bowl teams. Using the Fergodsakes Method of predicting Super Bowl Teams, the San Francisco 49ers (Head Coach is former UM quarterback Jim Harbaugh), New Orleans Saints (Tight Ends Coach is ex-UM Offensive Coordinator Terry Malone), or Green Bay Packers (Defensive Line Coach is former UM defensive lineman Mike Trgovac) will represent the NFC in this season’s Super Bowl. In this season’s playoffs, there are no AFC teams with a former Wolverine on the coaching staff.

The last four Super Bowls, and five of the last six, have had at least one former Wolverine earn a ring as an assistant coach. In Super Bowl history, there have been 28 coaching appearances in the Super Bowl by those with a University of Michigan football connection. Those 28 appearances have netted 15 championship rings for coaches with a Michigan background.

Going all the way back to the very first Super Bowl, here is a chronological listing of Michigan Men coaching in the Super Bowl:

2012 Season, Super Bowl 47

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Tight Ends Coach 2000-01; Offensive Line Coach 2002-2007): Offensive Line Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Teryl Austin: (DB Coach 1999-2002): In his third Super Bowl, Austin earned his first ring. He was Defensive Backs Coach for the Baltimore Ravens in last season’s 34-31 Ravens Super Bowl victory over San Francisco
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Head Coach of the losing San Francisco 49ers. It was Harbaugh’s second appearance as a coach in a Super Bowl, losing both times.

2011 Season, Super Bowl 46

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83):
Herrmann was Linebackers Coach and Ingram was Running Backs Coach for the Giants’ thrilling 21-17 win over New England.

2010 Season, Super Bowl 45

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Earned his first Super Bowl ring as Defensive Line Coach of the Green Bay Packers, who defeated Pittsburgh 31-25.
Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Has coached in three Super Bowls, being on the winning side once. He was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Steelers this season in their Super Bowl loss to the Packers.

2009 Season, Super Bowl 44

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Both coached with the Saints. Mallory was Assistant Special Teams Coach, and Malone was Tight Ends Coach as New Orleans defeated Indianapolis 31-17.

2008 Season, Super Bowl 43

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Was Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers, who defeated Arizona 27-23.
Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Was Defensive Backs Coach for Arizona in this Super Bowl

2007 Season, Super Bowl 42

Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83); and
Bill Sheridan ((OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04):
Both were coaches with the Super Bowl winning New York Giants – Ingram as Running Backs Coach, Sheridan as Linebackers Coach. The Giants defeated New England 17-14.

2006 Season, Super Bowl 41

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Coaching in his first Super Bowl as Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Chicago Bears, Goodwin saw Indianapolis defeat Chicago 29-17.

2005 Season, Super Bowl 40

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Coaching in his first Super Bowl, Austin and the Seattle Seahawks fell to Pittsburgh 21-10.

2003 Season, Super Bowl 38

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Trgovac was Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, who fell to New England 32-29.

2002 Season, Super Bowl 37

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Parrish was Quarterbacks Coach for the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who defeated Oakland 48-21.
Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Harbaugh was offensive assistant coach with the Raiders in their Super Bowl loss.

1998 Season, Super Bowl 33

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson earned his second consecutive Super Bowl ring as Defensive Coordinator of the Denver Broncos, who defeated Atlanta 34-19.

1997 Season, Super Bowl 32

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-2010): Robinson was Defensive Coordinator of the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos, who defeated Green Bay 31-24.

1976 Season, Super Bowl 11

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Better known as the former Minnesota Vikings Head Coach from 1986-91, the online Bentley Library records show that Burns was on the University of Michigan football team in 1947, 1948, and 1950, but never earned his varsity letter. Of course, the 1947 and 1948 teams each won a national title. According to this 1997 Michigan Today article, Burns was the “star quarterback” of the 150 pound and under team, which Michigan fielded for two seasons only, in 1947 and 1948.
Coaching in his sixth and final Super Bowl, Burns was Offensive Coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl 11. The Vikings fell to the Oakland Raiders 32-14.

1974 Season, Super Bowl 9

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to Pittsburgh 16-6.

1973 Season, Super Bowl 8

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). Offensive Coordinator for Minnesota, the Vikings lost to the Miami Dolphins 24-7.

1972 Season, Super Bowl 7

George Allen (B.A. 1947; M.A. 1948). Inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, Allen earned his degrees from the University of Michigan but never played football for the Wolverines (as written in this space last before last season’s Super Bowl). He was an assistant coach to Cliff Keen on the 1947 UM Lightweight Team, whose members weighed 150 pounds and less.
Allen was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, losing 14-7 to the undefeated Miami Dolphins.

1969 Season, Super Bowl 4

Bob Hollway (offensive end, 1947-49); and
Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950).
Both were on the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff – Hollway as a defensive assistant, Burns as Offensive Coordinator. Minnesota fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 23-7.

1967 Season, Super Bowl 2

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, the Packers defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14, earning Burns his second consecutive Super Bowl ring.

1966 Season, Super Bowl 1

Jerry Burns (quarterback 1947-48, 1950). An assistant with Vince Lombardi, Burns and the Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL – Recap of 2013 Regular Season

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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.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 12-4, finished second in the NFC West. A wild card team, San Francisco will visit Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs this coming Sunday at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The 49ers rushed for 138 yards per game, 3rd in the NFL. They have gave up 17 points per game, also 3rd in the league.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints, 11-5, finished second in the NFC South. A wild card team, New Orleans will visit Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs this coming Saturday at 8:10pm ET on NBC. The Saints were 2nd in the NFL in passing yards per game (307); and 10th in the NFL in points per game (26).

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Green Bay won the NFC North with an 8-7-1 record, and will host San Francisco in the first round of the playoffs this coming Sunday at 4:40pm ET on FOX. The Packers (and Trgovac’s defensive line) allowed 125 rushing yards per game, 25th in the NFL.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals finished third in the NFC West with a 10-6 record, just missing out on a wild card playoff spot. Goodwin’s offense averaged 24 points per game, 17th 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 finished third in the AFC North with an 8-8 record, and missed the playoffs. Austin’s secondary was part of a defense giving up an average of 22 points per game, 12th in the NFL. Moeller’s offensive line contributed to the Ravens rushing for only 83 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, 7-9, finished third in the NFC East and missed the playoffs. New York finished 29th in the league in rushing yards per game (83), and gave up 24 points per game, 18th 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, 6-10, finished last in the AFC East. Wheatley’s running backs rushed for 144 yards per game, 2nd in the NFL.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Tampa Bay, 4-12, finished last in the NFC South. Head Coach Greg Schiano was fired on December 30. Typically, existing coaches will retain their jobs until a new Head Coach is named, at which time the new man will bring in his own staff. Sheridan’s defense did give up 24 points per game, 21st in the NFL.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
The Jaguars, 4-12, finished third in the AFC South. Jacksonville finished 3rd in average kickoff return (25.9 yards per return).

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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?

39 games L K State

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:
Nat Champ 39 games L K State

Bowl Game Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s bowl wins in first three bowl games versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
Nat Champ Bowl Games 3 L K State

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.

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, 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.

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, 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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