Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend

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

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Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Thanksgiving Day

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, 7-4, visit Texas A&M at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on ESPN.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas, 6-5, hosts #6 TCU at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX Sports 1.

Friday Games

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 8-3, host Northern Illinois at 11:00am ET on ESPNU. Western Michigan is 6-1 in the MAC West, in a three-way tie for the division lead.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.The Herd, 11-0 and ranked #19, host Western Kentucky at 12:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1.

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 9-2, ranked #12 in the nation, and tied for first place in the Pac-12 South. They host #13 Arizona State in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on FOX. Winner will be at least PAC-12 South co-champ.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 5-6, host Virginia at 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

Saturday Games

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, 5-6, visit #7 Ohio State in a noon ET kickoff on ABC.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 5-6, host Illinois in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-5, visit Iowa State, noon ET, 11am CT, on FOX Sports 1.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-8, host Purdue at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-8, visits Boston College in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-8, visit San Diego State in a 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT kick on CBS Sports Network.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-4, visit USC at 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT on FOX.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 5-6, visit Vanderbilt in a 4:00pm ET kickoff on the SEC Network.

Bye Week

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with #20 Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 8-3 and ranked #23 in the land, have a bye this week.

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 have a first round bye in the FCS playoffs; they will host the winner of the Eastern Kentucky – Indiana State matchup. Here is the FCS (Divsion I-AA) playoff bracket.

Season Completed

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 Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition. Lyall was named Coach of the Year for the conference.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves finished their season 9-3, winners of the SWAC East conference.

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.

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.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.

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Brady Hoke Through 50 Games

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The First 50

With the 23-16 loss to Maryland, Brady Hoke has now coached 50 games for Michigan, with a record of 31-19. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 50 games for the maize and blue?

50 L MD
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

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 50 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
50 L MD

Summary

Trend 50 L MD
Brady Hoke Wins in first 50 games: 31

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 37.8; Median is 39.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 39.3; Median is 40.

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 at College Level; 2014 Week 13 Preview

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

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Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Thursday Night Game

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-5, fell to #12 Kansas State 26-20.

Friday Night Game

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-7, visit Utah State in a Friday Night 9:30pm ET, 7:30pm MT kick on ESPN2.

Saturday Games

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd, 10-0 and ranked #18, visit UAB at 12:00pm ET.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 7-3 and ranked #23 in the land, host Kansas at noon ET on FOX Sports 1.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 4-6, visit Purdue in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-7, visit Ohio State at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 4-6 49ers of the FCS host Morehead State at noon ET.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 5-5, visit Wake Forest in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 7-3, visit Central Michigan in a 1:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3. Western Michigan is 5-1 in the MAC West, in a three-way tie for the division lead.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 9-2, are #23 in the nation in Div I-AA, and have clinched the SWAC East championship. They host Jackson State in a 3:00pm ET kickoff.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga, 8-3 and ranked #9 in FCS, visit Furman in a 3:30pm ET kickoff. Braithwaite is part of a team which has has won its conference this season.

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

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 8-2, ranked #15 in the nation, and tied for second place in the Pac-12 South. They visit #20 Utah in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on ESPN.

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, 5-5, host Maryland at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-7, visits Pittsburgh in a 3:30pm ET kickoff on ESPNU.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS, 7-4 and tied for third in the Big Sky Conference, host Southern Utah in a 4pm ET, 2pm MT kickoff.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 5-5, host #19 Missouri in a 7:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN.

Bye Week

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas, 6-5, has a bye this week.

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, 7-4, have a bye this week.

Season Completed

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 Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition.

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.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.

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Wolverines Coaching at the College Level; 2014 Week 12 Preview

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

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Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Northwestern (3-6) at #15 Notre Dame (7-2); 3:30pm ET, NBC
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
Hankwitz played under Bump Elliot and Bo; Elston played under Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 4-5, visit #19 Duke in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 3-6 49ers of the FCS host Wesley College at noon ET.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints, 6-3, ranked 20th in NAIA, visit 3rd ranked Grandview (Iowa) in a 1:00pm ET, noon CT kickoff. Lyall led the squad to this year’s Mid-States Football Association Mideast League championship in team’s third season of varsity competition.

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 2-8 Wildcats close out their season in a 1:00pm ET kickoff against Findlay.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots host Coppin State in a 1:00pm ET kickoff.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS, 7-3, visit North Dakota in a 1:00pm ET, 12:00pm CT kickoff. With two games to play, Northern Arizona controls its own destiny in the race for the Big Sky Conference Championship.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 6-3, host Eastern Michigan in a 2:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3. Western Michigan is 4-1 in the MAC West, tied for the division lead.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd, 9-0 and ranked #21, host Rice at 2:30pm ET.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga, 7-3 and ranked #9 in FCS, visit Tennessee Tech in a 2:30pm ET kickoff. Braithwaite is part of a team which has already won its conference this season.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-6, visit Rutgers at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 6-3, visit Texas Tech at 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on ESPN.

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, 7-2 and ranked #19 in the nation, host Washington in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on FOX.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 4-5, host Kentucky in a 4:00pm ET kickoff on the SEC Network.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-6, host Hawaii in a 4:30pm ET, 1:30pm PT game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 8-2 Braves, who have clinched the SWAC East championship, host Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 5:00pm ET kickoff.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas, 5-5, visits Oklahoma State, 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX.

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 ranked #20 in the land, visit Arkansas, 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT on ESPN2.

Bye Week

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, 5-5, have a bye this week.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-4, have a bye this week.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-7, has a bye this week.

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Brady Hoke Through 49 Games

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The First 49

With the 10-9 win over Northwestern, Brady Hoke has now coached 49 games for Michigan, with a record of 31-18. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 49 games for the maize and blue?

49 W NU
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

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 49 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
49 W NU

Summary

Trend 49 W NU
Brady Hoke Wins in first 49 games: 31

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 37.2; Median is 38.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 38.7; Median is 40.

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 at College Level; 2014 Week 11

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

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Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Michigan (4-5) at Northwestern (3-5), 3:30pm ET, ESPN2
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.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
Three former players, spanning the 1960’s 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s, are part of the coaching staffs in this game.

#24 West Virginia (6-3) at Texas (4-5), 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on FOX Sports 1.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Former Michigan Secondary Coaches are now Defensive Coordinators. They square off against each other in Austin.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-5, host Penn State at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 6-2 and #16 in the nation, host 10th ranked Baylor at noon ET, 11:00am CT on FOX Sports 1.

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 2-7 Wildcats visit Ferris State in a noon ET kickoff.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints, 5-3, host 17th ranked Robert Morris (Ill.) in a noon ET kickoff.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 3-5 49ers of the FCS host Coastal Carolina at noon ET.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-6, hosts #22 Duke at 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga, 6-3 and ranked #11 in FCS, hosts Wofford in a 1:00pm ET game on ESPN3.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots, 3-4, visit Valley Forge Military Academy in a 1:00pm ET kickoff.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 7-2 Braves visit Alabama A&M at 2:00pm ET.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-1 and ranked 8th in the nation, visit 11th ranked Arizona State in a 3:30pm ET kickoff on ABC.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS, 6-3, host UC Davis in a 4:00pm ET, 2:00pm MT kickoff.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd, 8-0 and ranked #23, visit Southern Miss at 7:00pm ET.

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, 7-2 and ranked #14 in the land, host 4th ranked Alabama, 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT 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 Wildcats, 6-2 and ranked #21 in the nation, host Colorado in an 8:00pm ET, 6:00pm MT kickoff on the Pac-12 Network.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-5, visit Fresno State in a 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT kickoff on CBS Sports Network.

Bye Week

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 6-3, have a bye this week.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 4-5, have a bye this week.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 4-5, have a bye this week.

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Brady Hoke Through 48 Games

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The First 48

With the 34-10 win over Indiana, Brady Hoke has now coached 48 games for Michigan, with a record of 30-18. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 48 games for the maize and blue?

48 W IU
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

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 48 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
48 W IU

Summary

Trend 48 W IU
Brady Hoke Wins in first 48 games: 30

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 36.4; Median is 37.5.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 37.9; Median is 39.

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 at the College Level; 2014 Week 10

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

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Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Indiana (3-4) at Michigan (3-5), 3:30pm ET, Big Ten Network
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
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.
Frey returns to Ann Arbor for the second straight season. He was part of RichRod’s staff at Michigan, and was not in Ann Arbor at the same time as Mallory or Manning.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 5-2 and #18 in the nation, visit Iowa State at noon ET, 11:00am CT on FOX Sports 1.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats, 3-4, visit Iowa at noon ET, 11:00am CT on the Big Ten Network.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 4-4, host Boston College at 12:30pm on ESPN3.

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 2-6 Wildcats host Walsh in a 1:00pm ET kickoff.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints, 4-3, visit St. Francis (Ill.) in a 2:00pm kickoff.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga, 5-3 and ranked #12 in FCS, visits Western Carolina at 2:00pm ET.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 5-3, visit Miami (OH) in a 2:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots, 2-4, host Radford University in a 3:00pm ET kickoff.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS, 5-3, visit Weber State in a 3:00pm ET, noon PT kickoff.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-5, hosts North Carolina State 3:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-2 and ranked #20, host 7th ranked TCU at 3:30pm ET on ESPN2.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-4, host Colorado State in a 7:00pm ET, 4:00pm PT kickoff on CBS Sports Network.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 3-5, visit Texas Tech in a 7:30pm ET kickoff on FOX Sports 1.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 3-5, visit South Carolina at 7:30pm ET on the SEC Network.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 6-1 and ranked 10th in the nation, visit Navy at 8:00pm 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 Wildcats, 6-1 and ranked #12 in the nation, visit 22nd ranked UCLA in a 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT kickoff on ESPN.

Bye Week

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, 7-2 and ranked #16 in the land, have a bye this week.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd, 8-0 and ranked #23, have a bye this week.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 3-5 49ers of the FCS have a bye this week.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 7-2 Braves have a bye this week.

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Dantonio and the Amazing Technicolor DreamStake

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Much to the chagrin of my parents and those who taught me for 12 years in Catholic school, I am not much of a religious man. Nevertheless, the events of Stake-gate have me thinking of the biblical story of Joseph, son of Jacob.

You may have seen the play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Briefly, Joseph dreamt that his 11 brothers (10 older and one younger) would one day bow to him and his supremacy. His brothers, fueled by jealousy, sold him as a slave. Later, Joseph interpreted Pharoah’s dreams as seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine. His 11 brothers eventually did bow down to their little brother Joseph’s power.

Michigan has had seven years of (mostly) famine on the football field.
Michigan State under Mark Dantonio has had seven years of (mostly) feasting against Michigan.
Saturday, Michigan’s 11 players on the field fell to MSU.
Sunday, with the apology issued by Brady Hoke, Michigan’s stalks of maize bowed down to MSU, a team which Michigan had referred to as their “little brother.”

Dantonio, to his credit, has turned the Michigan-Michigan State football situation from one where Michigan was clearly on top for decades, to one where it became a true rivalry, to one where Michigan State is clearly superior and has Michigan bowing down before him, begging for forgiveness.

I personally don’t think the stake is any big deal. If Michigan’s players are going to do something like that, they need to be able to back it up. Unfortunately, this coaching staff doesn’t put them in position to back up such actions. Dantonio has every right to score as many points as he can. I don’t understand why he would have Jeremy Langford, his star running back, carry the ball seven straight times in the closing minutes of a blowout, risking injury with the battle with the Buckeyes looming in two weeks. But that’s his choice. Why he used a pregame stake incident as fuel for such actions is beyond me. By making it a big deal in the postgame press conference, he took away from the real story, which is MSU’s complete and utter dominance over Michigan, in every sense of the word.

Dantonio and Michigan State have raised the stakes. How long will Michigan’s famine continue?

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Brady Hoke Through 47 Games

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The First 47

With the 35-11 loss to Michigan State, Brady Hoke has now coached 47 games for Michigan, with a record of 29-18. How does this compare with Michigan football coaches who have coached at least 47 games for the maize and blue?

47 L MSU
Ties are counted as 0.5 win.

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 47 games.

National Championship Comparison

Comparing Hoke’s wins versus coaches who have won National Championships in the BCS era:
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Summary

Trend 47 L MSU
Brady Hoke Wins in first 47 games: 29

  • Michigan Head Coach average is 35.7; Median is 37.
  • National Champ Head Coach average is 37.1; Median is 38.

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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