On the Coaching Front: Michigan vs. Colorado 1994

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Silence. Eery silence. I have never heard 100,000 people be so quiet at the end of a football game. Twenty years ago, on September 24, 1994, I was one of 106,427 fans in The Big House, witnessing Kordell Stewart’s Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook, earning the Buffaloes a 27-26 victory over Michigan.

Walking amid the masses on the concourse after the game, I remember passing Don Canham, who was walking in the opposite direction. The stunned look on his face mirrored the rest of us.

Looking back from a coaching personnel perspective, it is amazing to see the Colorado staff’s numerous links to Bo Schembechler. On the field and on the coaching sidelines, the game featured a veritable Who’s Who of Michigan football. Here are some of the men who were on the field that day:

Links to Bo Schembechler:

Gary Moeller was Michigan’s Head Coach in 1994. Moeller coached under Schembechler at Michigan from 1969-76, and again from 1980-89 before taking over the head coaching reins for the 1990 season following Bo’s retirement.

Lloyd Carr was Michigan’s Defensive Coordinator that day. Carr was Michigan’s Defensive Backs Coach under Schembechler from 1980-86, becoming Defensive Coordinator for the Wolverines in 1987. He would of course later become Michigan’s Head Coach and lead the maize and blue to the National Championship in 1997. Carr was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Les Miles was Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach in 1994. An offensive lineman under Schembechler from 1972-75, as a player he was part of three Big Ten Championship teams, yet none of those squads ever played in a Rose Bowl. Currently Head Coach at LSU, Miles led the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship. He was also named 2011 National Coach of the Year by AP, Home Depot, Walter Camp, and Liberty Mutual.

Jim Herrmann was Michigan’s Inside Linebackers Coach in 1994. A linebacker under Schembechler from 1979-82, as a player he was part of two Big Ten Championship and two Rose Bowl teams, including a Rose Bowl win to wrap up the 1980 season. His coaching career includes a collegiate National Championship and a Super Bowl Championship in the NFL. Herrmann is currently Linebackers Coach with the NFL’s New York Giants, where he has been since 2009. Herrmann was Defensive Coordinator for Michigan’s 1997 National Championship team. He also was Linebackers Coach for New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI championship team (2011 season).

Bill McCartney was Colorado’s Head Coach in 1994. McCartney was Defensive Ends Coach under Schembechler from 1974-76 and Defensive Coordinator from 1977-81, when Bob Ufer dubbed the Wolverines’ defense “McCartney’s Monsters.” McCartney led Colorado to the National Championship in 1990.

Elliot Uzelac was Colorado’s Offensive Coordinator in 1994. He had two stints on Schembechler’s coaching staff. The first was as Offensive Line Coach in 1972 and 1973; the second was again as Offensive Line Coach from 1982-86. Uzelac was Head Coach at Western Michigan from 1975-81, and Head Coach at Navy from 1987-89. He was named MAC’s Coach of Year in 1976.

Mike Hankwitz was Colorado’s Defensive Coordinator in 1994. A member of Schembechler’s first team in 1969, Hankwitz was a tight end for Michigan from 1966-69. Hankwitz is currently Defensive Coordinator with the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten, where he has been since 2008. Hankwitz was Defensive Coordinator for Colorado’s 1990 National Championship Team.

Chuck Heater was Colorado’s Secondary Coach in 1994. A running back under Schembechler from 1971-74, Heater was a part of four Big Ten Championship teams and one Rose Bowl team. Heater is currently Defensive Coordinator with the Marshall Thundering Herd of the Conference USA, where he has been since 2013. Heater was on staff of 1988 Notre Dame National Champion Team, and 2006 and 2008 Florida National Championship Teams.

Michigan Players on the Field Now in the Coaching Ranks:

Matt Dyson, Michigan linebacker, now Head Coach George Mason University’s club football team.

Mike Elston, Michigan linebacker, now Defensive Line Coach, Notre Dame.

Harold Goodwin, Michigan offensive lineman, now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals. An assistant coach on three Super Bowl teams, Goodwin earned one Super Bowl ring as an Offensive Assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

Scot Loeffler, Michigan quarterback, now Offensive Coordinator, Virginia Tech.

Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan running back, now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills.

Current Michigan Coaches on Michigan’s 1994 Staff:

Greg Mattison was Michigan’s Defensive Line Coach in 1994. Mattison joined Michigan’s staff in 1992 and was Defensive Line Coach his first three seasons before becoming Defensive Coordinator for the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. He of course rejoined Michigan’s staff as Defensive Coordinator in 2011 under Brady Hoke. Mattison was Defensive Coordinator for Florida’s 2006 National Championship Team.

Fred Jackson was Michigan’s Running Backs Coach in 1994. Jackson joined Michigan’s staff under Gary Moeller in 1992, and has been Running Backs Coach for all but two seasons since (he was Offensive Coordinator in 1995 and 1996). Jackson has coached under 4 of Michigan’s 19 Head Coaches (Moeller, Carr, Rodriguez, and Hoke).

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Erik Campbell Returns to The Big House

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan football 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 Football Players, Coaches Coaching Against Each Other

Iowa at Michigan, noon ET, ESPN
Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007), Wide Receivers Coach for Iowa (4-6). The Hawkeyes travel to Michigan to take on the Wolverines. Campbell was on Michigan’s coaching staff in 1995 and 1996 with Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison, and Fred Jackson, all of whom of course are Michigan coaches in 2012.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04), now Running Backs Coach for Cincinnati; and
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07), now Defensive Line Coach for Cincinnati
The Bearcats (7-2) host BCS #22 Rutgers at noon ET on ESPN3.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 7-3, travel to Michigan again this week, this time to take on the Spartans in a noon ET game on ESPN2.

Doug Mallory (Michigan defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87), now Defensive Coordinator for Indiana
Greg Frey (Michigan Offensive Line Coach 2008-10), now Offensive Line Coach for Indiana.
The Hoosiers (4-6) travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, noon ET, Big Ten Network.

Chuck Heater (Michigan running back, 1971-74), now Defensive Coordinator for Temple
The Owls, 3-6, travel to West Point to take on Army, noon ET, CBS Sports Network.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 5-5, wrap up their season hosting Elon at 2:00pm ET.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 2-8, host Alabama A&M at 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT.

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 Eagles, 1-9, are at Western Michigan in a 2:00pm ET kickoff.

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 8-2 Tigers, ranked #7 in the BCS, host Ole Miss in a 2:30pm ET game on CBS.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 3-6, finish up their season hosting Jackson State in a 3:00pm ET, 2:00pm CT game. This game between archrivals will be played at Alcorn State for the first time in almost 20 years.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-4, travel to play Louisiana-Lafayette at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94), now Running Backs Coach for Syracuse,
Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94), now Linebackers Coach for Syracuse, and
Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): now Defensive Coordinator for Syracuse.
The Orange, 5-5 and fresh off their upset of then BCS #9 Louisville, travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers, 7:00pm ET, ESPNU. Wheatley will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

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, 6-4, travel to Utah to take on the Utes in a 10:00pm ET, 8:00pm MT start on ESPNU. RichRod’s first game at Michigan was against Utah, a 25-23 Wolverine loss in 2008.

Vance Bedford (Defensive Backs Coach at Michigan (1995-98, and again in 2007), now Defensive Coordinator for Louisville. The Cardinals (9-1, #19 in BCS), have a bye this week.

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, 4-6, have completed their season.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots, 3-5, have completed their season.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats, 4-7, have completed their season.

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, 3-8, have completed their season.

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

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles, 3-7 and a member of the FCS, finish their season at Austin Peay in a noon ET, 11:00am CT kickoff.

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, 4-6, travel to play Central Michigan in a 1:00pm ET start. Treadwell previews the game.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats, 8-2, are at Florida A&M in a 2:00pm ET game on ESPN Classic.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Wisconsin, 7-3, hosts the Buckeyes, 3:30pm ET, ABC/ESPN2.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The Wildcats, 1-9, finish their season at Idaho State in a 6:00pm ET, 4:00pm MT game.

Rocky Long,
Brian Sipe,
Tony White, and
LeCharls McDaniel
all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State and remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs, 8-3, have a bye this week.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 1-10, has a bye this week.

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Season Preview Intriguing Games Part Two

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Fergodsakes.com is taking a look at the 2012 football season’s intriguing games in college and the NFL – intriguing because of who is coaching on the sidelines. Former Michigan players, former Michigan assistant coaches, and former Coach Hoke assistant coaches, face off against each other throughout the season. This is Part Two, covering college games in November. Part One covered college games through the end of October. Part Three, NFL games, will be published next week.

On November 3, Erik “Soup” Campbell, Wide Receivers Coach for Iowa, and the Hawkeyes will travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers. On the Hoosiers staff is Doug Mallory, a Wolverine teammate of Campbell’s for four years in the mid-1980’s. They won a Big 10 title together, and played in the Rose Bowl together. In this matchup, Campbell’s wide receivers will be matched up against Mallory’s defense (Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach).

November 3 has a matchup of defenses in Louisville – defenses from the Michigan fan’s perspective. Chuck Heater, who played for the Wolverines from 1971-74, is currently Defensive Coordinator for the Temple Owls. On the opposing sideline is Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator for Louisville. Bedford had two stints as Defensive Backs Coach at Michigan (1995-98, and again in 2007). Heater and Bedford share more than Michigan ties – the two were on the defensive staff of the Florida Gators in their 2008 National Championship season. Heater will also say hello to his former Defensive Coordinator at Florida, Charlie Strong, who is now the Head Coach for the Cardinals.

Also on November 3, up the road a little bit from Louisville will be a matchup of running backs. The Orange of Syracuse, with Running Backs Coach Tyrone Wheatley (Michigan running back 1991-94), visit the Bearcats of Cincinnati, with Running Backs Coach Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04). Joining Wheatley on the Syracuse sideline is his former teammate, Orange Linebacker Coach Steve Morrison (Michigan linebacker 1990-94), as well as Syracuse Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer (Michigan Defensive Coordinator 2008). Joining Manning on the Bearcat sideline is former Michigan Defensive Line Coach Steve Stripling (2005-07) who holds the same position with Cincinnati.

One week later, on November 10, Louisville, Temple, Cincinnati, and Syracuse all swap opponents. Heater and the Temple Owls will host Cincinnati with Manning and Stripling, while Bedford and Louisville will head to Syracuse to take on Wheatley, Morrison, Shafer, and the Orange.

Eddie Faulkner, former Hoke Running Backs Coach at Ball State, is now Tight Ends Coach with Wisconsin. On November 10 the Badgers host Indiana, with co-Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory (Captain of Michigan’s 1987 squad, Team 108) and Offensive Line Coach Greg Frey (Michigan Offensive Line Coach under Rich Rodriguez).

On November 17 Erik Campbell will make a return trip to Ann Arbor. The former long time Michigan Wide Receivers Coach, and former Michigan player (1984-87) is now Iowa’s Wide Receivers Coach. He will have a chance to say hello to Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison, and Fred Jackson, among others. Campbell was on the 1997 National Championship staff with Hoke and Jackson, and coached alongside Mattison for the Wolverines in 1995 and 1996.

The day after Thanksgiving, November 23, has Chuck Heater and the Temple Owls hosting Syracuse, with Tyrone Wheatley, Steve Morrison, and Scott Shafer on the coaching staff. Also on this date, former Hoke assistants at Ball State, Don Treadwell (Head Coach) and Ed Stults (Offensive Line) of the Miami Redhawks, will face their former school, the Ball State Cardinals.

Part Three of the Season Preview will be published next week. It will cover intriguing NFL games from a coaching and Michigan perspective.

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