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):
Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches Coaching Against Each Other
Michigan (6-3) at Northwestern (4-5), 3:30pm ET on Big Ten Network
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
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.
Three players from Michigan, their careers spanning the 1960’s, ’80s, ’90s, and 2000’s, meet as coaches on the same field. It’s always special when discussing a member of Bo’s first team, but Hankwitz and Northwestern have no time for sentiments as they look to right the ship after losing their last five games.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd (7-3) defeated Tulsa in a Thursday night game, 45-34.
Other Games Involving Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 7-2 Sooners, #18 in the BCS, host Iowa State at noon ET, 11:00am CT on FOXSports1.
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, 4-5, visits #22 Wisconsin, noon ET, 11:00am CT, on ESPN2.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia.
The 4-6 Mountaineers visit Kansas, noon ET. Gibson will say hello again to Charlie Weis. Strangely, this game is not televised.
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 3-6 Wildcats close out their season at Ferris State, noon ET.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 7-3 Hokies host Maryland, 12:30pm ET 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 5-3 Patriots visit Coppin State, 1:00pm ET. These two teams will meet again next weekend for Conference Championship – the winner this weekend gets home-field advantage for that Championship Game.
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, 6-3, host Washington State at 2:00pm ET, noon MST, on Pac 12 Network.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 8-2 Mocs, ranked #19 in the FCS, visit Samford at 3:00pm on ESPN3.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 8-3 Braves, a member of the FCS, visit Jackson State 3:00pm ET.
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, University of Texas
The #24 Longhorns, 7-2, host #12 Oklahoma State, 3:30pm ET on FOX.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 5-4, visits #2 Florida State at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator.
The 8-1 Cardinals, #20 in the BCS, host Houston 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida.
The Bulls, 2-6, host Memphis at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.
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.
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 #21 in the BCS, have a bye week.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-3, have a bye week.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their first season in program history, the 4-6 49ers of the FCS have a bye week.
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 have a bye week.
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 have a bye week.
The Brady Hoke Coaching Tree
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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, 3-6, visit Boston College in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.
Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The Eagles, 3-7, host Butler at 1:00pm ET.
Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 3-7, visits U Mass in a 1:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.
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 1-9 Wildcats, an FCS team, visit Montana at 2:00pm ET.
John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 8-2 Wildcats, ranked 21st in the FCS, host Hampton in a 4:00pm ET kickoff.
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, 5-4, visit Hawaii 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, 0-10, fell to Kent State on Wednesday night.
Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 4-7, have a bye week.