Week 8 College Wolverine Coaching Connections

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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 roaming 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 (games listed in chronological order within header section; all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94);
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley is Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 2-4, host UConn Friday night at 8:00pm on ESPN.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 3-2, are home against BCS #15 Rutgers at noon ET on the Big East Network/ESPN3. Heater’s defense is profiled by Rutgers blog Scarlet Scuttlebutt.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats, 1-5, are in Detroit to play Wayne State at noon ET.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The 6-1 Tigers, ranked #6 in the BCS, are at Texas A&M at noon ET on ESPN.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 1-6, are at Vanderbilt at noon ET on ESPN3.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001);
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07);
Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-6 Eagles host Army at 1:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats, 2-5, host Glenville State in a 1:00pm ET homecoming game. That is the same Glenville State once coached by Rich Rodriguez.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots (2-3) are at Maryland-Eastern Shore at 1:00pm ET.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, 3-4, are at #9 Grand View (Iowa) in a 2:00pm game.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The Hoosiers, 2-4, are at Navy in a 3:30pm ET game on CBS SN.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 16th in the BCS and 6-0, host USF at 3:30pm on ABC.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 3-4, upset previously undefeated Alabama A&M last weekend. This weekend they are at Prairie View A&M at 3:30pm ET.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 5-1, are at home against Louisiana-Monroe at 4:00pm ET on ESPN3. WKU blog Toppatime covers the surprisingly strong Western Kentucky season.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 3-3, host Samford at 6:00pm ET.

Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The Bearcats, # 21 in the BCS at 5-0 on the season, are at Toledo in a 7:00pm ET game on ESPN3.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-2, host Penn State under the lights at 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT, on the Big Ten Network.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 3-3 host Washington at 10:00pm ET, 7:00pm PT on the Pac 12 Network.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The Badgers, 5-2, host Minnesota in a noon ET, 11:00am CT game on ESPNU.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 1-6, hosts Northern Illinois in a noon ET game on ESPN3.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The Wildcats, 0-7, are at Southern Utah at 3:00pm ET, 1:00pm MT.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats, 4-2, are home against Norfolk State at 4:00pm ET.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles, 2-4 and a member of the FCS, host Eastern Kentucky at 7:00pm ET.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs, 4-3, are at Nevada at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on CBS SN.

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): Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. The Redhawks, 3-4, have a bye this week.

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