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.

For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1973 10-10 tie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, Week 13, 2013 Results

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree. Former Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. Here’s who they are, where they are, and how their teams are doing.

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

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

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

Rocky Long (Defensive Coordinator for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
Brian Sipe, (Quarterbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10)
Tony White, (Cornerbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10) and
LeCharls McDaniel (Wide Receivers Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10):
All remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The 7-4 Aztecs defeated Boise State 34-31 in overtime. San Diego State is 34th in the country in passing yards per game, averaging 264 yards through the air.

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

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

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

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

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now in his second season with Weber State, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 2-10 Wildcats, an FCS team, ended their season with a 32-7 win over Idaho State. Weber State allowed an average of 41 points per game, 117th in FCS.

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and
Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State):
Treadwell was fired on October 6 as Miami’s Head Coach. Miami, 0-11, fell to Buffalo 44-7. The Redhawks are in the bottom five in total offense, team passing efficiency, scoring offense, third down conversion percentage, third down conversion defense, red zone offense, number of first downs gained, and number of first downs given up.

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

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

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Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94; and
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The 8-3 Tigers, 17th in the BCS Standings, defeated Texas A&M 34-10. Cameron’s offense is 1st in the nation in third down conversion rate (0.586), and 3rd in the country in passing efficiency.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The 7-4 Wildcats upset then fifth-ranked Oregon 42-16. Arizona is 12th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 267 yards per game on the ground.

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

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, in the NAIA, finished its season with a 5-5 record after a 22-21 victory over #24 Robert Morris (Ill.). Siena Heights is 5th in all of NAIA in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 17 points per game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcus Knight(wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the 3-7 Wildcats finished their season with a 35-22 loss to Ferris State. Knight’s wide receivers are part of a unit that is 81st in D2 in passing offense, averaging 227 yards per game through the air.

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

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
Former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English was fired as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan on November 8. Parrish, the Offensive Coordinator, as named Interim Head Coach, and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles, 2-9, lost to Bowling Green 58-7. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have averaged 155 rushing yards per game, 79th in the country. They are 111th in scoring offense (20 points per game) and 109th in total offense (335 yards per game).

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; Week 13, 2013 Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players, coaches, and former Brady Hoke assistant coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend (all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

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Former Michigan Coach Coaching Against Ex Brady Hoke Assistant Coach

UNC Charlotte (4-6) at Morehead State (3-8), 1:00pm ET
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State.
Two former defensive line coaches, now Defensive Coordinators, face off against each other. Bruce Tall from the RichRod era and the UNC Charlotte 49ers, in their first season in program history, visit Phil Burnett and the Morehead State Eagles. Burnett was the Defensive Line Coach for all six season in which Brady Hoke was Head Coach at Ball State.

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Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 8-3 Mocs, winner of the Southern Conference in the FCS, travel to take on #1 Alabama, 2:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Games Involving Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. 
The Wolverines, 7-3, visit Iowa, noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats 4-6, host Michigan State, noon ET on ESPN.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 8-2 Sooners, #20 in the BCS, visit Kansas State, noon ET, 11:00am CT on FOX Sports 1.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator.
The 9-1 Cardinals, #21 in the BCS, host Memphis at noon ET on ESPN3.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 5-5, hosts Pittsburgh at 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
Former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English was fired as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan on November 8. Stan Parrish was named Interim Head Coach, and Hart is the Running Backs Coach.
The 2-8 Eagles host Bowling Green, 1:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 7-3 and #22 in the BCS, host #12 Texas A&M, 3:30pm ET on CBS.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-3, host BYU at 3:30pm ET on NBC.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87)
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Doug Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach.
Indiana, 4-6, visits #3 Ohio State, 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

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, 6-4, host #5 Oregon at 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MST on ABC/ESPN2.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd (7-3) visit Florida International, 6:00pm ET.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 5-4 Patriots visit Coppin State, 7:00pm ET for the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 4-6 Volunteers host Vanderbilt, 7:00pm ET on ESPN2.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida.
The Bulls, 2-7, host Southern Methodist at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, University of Texas
The #24 Longhorns, 7-3, have a bye week.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 7-4 Hokies have a bye week.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia.
The 4-7 Mountaineers have a bye week.

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

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints finished their season with a 5-5 record.

Marcus Knight(wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats finished their season 3-7.

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Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach.
The Wolfpack, 3-7, host East Carolina in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 9-2 Wildcats, ranked 16th in the FCS, will play Florida A&M in the Florida Classic, held in Orlando, at 2:00pm on ESPN Classic.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 4-7, host Austin Peay at 2:30pm ET.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now in his second season with Weber State, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 1-10 Wildcats, an FCS team, host Idaho State at 3:00pm ET, 1:00pm MT.

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, 6-4, host Boise State in a 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT kickoff on CBS Sports Network.

Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): now Offensive Line Coach, Miami University Redhawks. Miami, 0-11, fell to Buffalo 44-7 on Tuesday night.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 4-7, has a bye week.

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Brady Hoke Coaching Tree Week 12, 2013 Results

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree. Former Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs. Here’s who they are, where they are, and how their teams are doing.

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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12 for Brady Hoke at the University of Michigan): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 8-2 Sooners, #20 in the BCS, defeated Iowa State 48-10. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to be 10th in the nation in passing yards allowed (183 yards per game) and 12th in team passing efficiency defense.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats improved to 9-2 after a 42-12 win over Hampton. Ranked 16th in the country in FCS, Powers and his offensive line have contributed to the Wildcats rushing for 255 yards per game, 8th in the 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 6-4 Aztecs defeated Hawaii 28-21 in overtime. San Diego State is 36th in the country in passing yards per game, averaging 262 yards through the air.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The 4-7 Zips defeated UMass 14-13, and have now won three of their last four games. The running game is averaging 126 yards per game, which is 102nd in the country.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The 4-7 Golden Eagles of the FCS had a bye week. Tennessee Tech has given up an average of 237 yards per game through the air, 87th in FCS.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach. The 3-7 Wolfpack lost to Boston College 38-21. NC State is averaging 405 total yards per game, 68th in the land.

Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The 3-8 Eagles, who play in the FCS, lost to Butler 58-27. Burnett’s defense is tied for 24th in the FCS in 4th down conversion defense (0.385).

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now in his second season with Weber State, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 1-10 Wildcats, an FCS team, lost to Montana 42-6. Weber State has allowed an average of 45 points per game, 119th in FCS.

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and
Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State):
Treadwell was fired on October 6 as Miami’s Head Coach. Miami, 0-10, fell to Kent State 24-6. The Redhawks are in the bottom five in total offense, team passing efficiency, scoring offense, third down conversion percentage, red zone offense, number of first downs gained, and number of first downs given up.

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; A Look Back at Week 12, 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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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 8-2 Sooners, #20 in the BCS, defeated Iowa State 48-10. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to be 10th in the nation in passing yards allowed (183 yards per game) and 12th in team passing efficiency defense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The 9-1 Cardinals, #21 in the BCS Standings, defeated Houston 20-13. Bedford’s defense is number one in the country in third down conversion defense (0.273) and first down defense. The Cards are second in the country in total defense (239 yards per game), rushing defense (78 yards per game), passing yards allowed (161), and scoring defense (11 point per game).

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 7-3 Tigers, 22nd in the BCS Standings, had a bye week. Cameron’s offense is 1st in the nation in third down conversion rate (0.577), and 5th in the country in passing efficiency.

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 is 17th 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 8-3 Mocs fell to Samford 17-14 in overtime. Braithwaite’s defense is 2nd in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (149) and 6th in the FCS in scoring defense, giving up just 18 points per game.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorns, 7-3, fell to Oklahoma State 38-13. Texas is 9th in the nation in 4th down conversion defense (0.333).

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 7-3, had a bye week. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to Notre Dame giving up 160 yards per game on the ground, tied for 62nd in the country.

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 7-3 Wolverines defeated Northwestern in triple overtime, 27-19. The linebackers and secondary have teamed to help Michigan be 13th in the land in rushing defense, holding opponents to 111 yards per game on the ground.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd, 7-3, defeated Tulsa 45-34. Heater’s defense is 11th in the nation in passing efficiency defense, and tied for 18th in the country in pass defense, allowing 202 yards per game through the air.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 7-4 Hokies fell to Maryland 27-24. Loeffler’s offense is 111th in rushing yards per game (117) and 92nd in scoring offense (24 points per game). In addition, they are 115th in red zone offense and 105th in third down conversions.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The 6-4 Wildcats fell to Washington State 24-17. Arizona is 13th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 264 yards per game on the ground.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 5-4 Patriots fell to Coppin State 16-12. The two teams will meet again next week in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship Game.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 5-5 Orange, who lost to #2 Florida State 59-3. Syracuse is 6th in the country in 3rd Down Conversion defense (0.299).

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.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The 4-6 Wildcats lost to Michigan in triple overtime, 27-19. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 18 interceptions, tied for third in the country. They have returned four of those interceptions for touchdowns.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers, 4-6, lost to Wisconsin 51-3. Mallory’s defense is tied for 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 497 total yards per game, 16th in the nation.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 4-6 49ers of the FCS, in their first season in program history, had a bye week. Tall’s defense is 35th in 4th down conversion defense (0.417).

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 4-6 Volunteers had a bye week. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is 18th in the country in red zone defense.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The 4-7 Mountaineers lost to Kansas 31-19. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 257 passing yards per game, 102nd in the nation.

Marcus Knight(wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the 3-7 Wildcats finished their season with a 35-22 loss to Ferris State. Knight’s wide receivers are part of a unit that is 81st in D2 in passing offense, averaging 227 yards per game through the air.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The 2-7 Bulls fell to Memphis 23-10. South Florida is 118th in scoring offense (15 points per game), 120th in total offense (264 yards per game), and 123rd in team passing efficiency.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
Former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English was fired as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan on November 8. Parrish, the Offensive Coordinator, as named Interim Head Coach, and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles, 2-8, had a bye week. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have averaged 164 rushing yards per game, 72nd in the country. They are 104th in scoring offense (21 points per game) and 98th in total offense (362 yards per game).

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