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Division I-AA Playoffs
#8 UT Chattanooga at #1 New Hampshire; Friday December 12, 8:00pm ET, ESPN2
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga finished the regular season 9-3 and ranked #8 in FCS. The Mocs defeated Indiana State in the second round of the I-AA playoffs and now face top ranked New Hampshire.
Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other
Tuesday December 30
Notre Dame (7-5) vs. LSU, 3:00pm ET, ESPN
Music City Bowl; Nashville, TN.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
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 finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, ranked #23 in the land.
Cameron was WR and RB Coach during Elston’s freshman year with Michigan. That 1993 team finished 8-4 and ranked #21 by the AP. They defeated Ohio State 28-0 and won their bowl game 42-7 against North Carolina State (Hall of Fame Bowl).
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Saturday December 20
Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force, 5:45pm ET, ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The Broncos finished the regular season with an 8-4 record.
Tuesday December 23
Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois, 6:00pm ET, ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, FL
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.The Herd, 12-1, are Conference USA Champions.
Saturday December 27
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, 1:00pm ET, ESPN
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman; Annapolis, MD
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.
Monday December 29
Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, 2:00pm ET, ESPN
Auto Zone Liberty Bowl; Memphis, TN.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers finished their season with a 7-5 record.
Oklahoma vs. Clemson, 5:30pm ET, ESPN
Florida Citrus Bowl; Orlando, FL.
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with #20 Oklahoma.
The Sooners finished the regular season 8-4.
Arkansas vs. Texas, 9:00pm ET, ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl; Houston, TX.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.
Wednesday December 31
Boise State vs. Arizona, 4:00pm ET, ESPN
Vizio Fiesta Bowl; Glendale, AZ.
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 enter the bowl game with a 10-3 record, ranked #10 in the nation. Winners of the Pac-12 South, they fell to #2 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Friday January 2
Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3:20pm ET, ESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl; Jacksonville, FL.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves defeated Southern University 38-24 to win the SWAC Championship Game. Alcorn State finished its season 10-3.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
The Wolverines finished the season 5-7. Head Coach Brady Hoke was fired on Tuesday December 2, and all assistant coaches, including Mallory and Manning, were asked to cease team activity.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints finished the season 6-4, and were co-champs of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition. Lyall was named NAIA Region 2 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also MSFA conference Coach of the Year.
Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS finished their season with a record of 7-5.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers of the FCS finished with a record of 5-6.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats finished their season with a 5-7 record.
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers finished their season with a 4-8 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 3-8.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse finished its season with a 3-9 record.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans finished their season with a 3-9 record.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.