2013 Week 2 Wolverine College Coaching Connection

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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 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

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Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

#13 Notre Dame (1-0) at #17 Michigan (1-0), 8:00pm ET, ESPN
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach.
The three former linebackers for Michigan, Mallory, Manning, and Elston never crossed paths in their playing days in Ann Arbor. Mallory played for Schembechler and Moeller; Elston played for Moeller and Carr; and Manning played for Carr.

Syracuse (0-1) at # 20 Northwestern (1-0), 6:00pm ET, 5:00pm CT, on the Big Ten Network
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
Shafer came to Michigan for his ill-fated season as Defensive Coordinator 39 years after Hankwitz graduated.

West Virginia (1-0) at #15 Oklahoma (1-0), 7:00pm ET, 6:00pm CT on FOX.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia.
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma.
Both defensive coaches with the Wolverines, Montgomery came in with the Hoke Regime as Gibson was leaving with the Rodriguez Era.

Other Games With Former Wolverines on the Coaching Staff

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, #8 in the country, host Eastern Kentucky at noon ET on ESPN3

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. In their first season in program history, the 1-0 49ers of the FCS host Chowan at noon ET.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The 1-0 Eagles travel to State College to play Penn State, noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. Sheridan heads back to the state of Michigan as the 0-1 Bulls take on Michigan State in East Lansing, noon ET, ESPNU.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 1-0 Volunteers host Western Kentucky, 12:21pm 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, in the NAIA, will begin their season with a home game against Grand View (Iowa), ranked 5th in the country in NAIA, at 1:00pm ET.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 0-1 Hokies host West Carolina 1:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, 0-1 and in the FCS, travel to the Georgia Dome to take on Georgia State at 2:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 1-0 Braves, member of the FCS, travel to SEC country to take on Mississippi State at 3:30pm ET on CSS Sports/ESPN3.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87)
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. Indiana, 1-0, hosts Navy at 6:00pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd will host Gardner-Webb at 6:30pm 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 are ranked 11th in the USA Today and will host UAB at 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

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 1-0 Wildcats travel to Las Vegas to take on UNLV at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on the CBS Sports Network.

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 will begin their season on Sept 14 when they host 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 will start their season on October 14 against Ohio State’s club team.

The Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

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Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS, 1-0, travel to Madison to take on the Badgers at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

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. Miami, 0-1, visits Kentucky for a noon 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 1-0 Wildcats, an FCS team, travel to Salt Lake City to take on the University of Utah, 2pm ET, noon MT, on the Pac-12 Network.

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 0-1 Aztecs, who lost 40-19 to Eastern Illinois last week, travel to the Belly of the Beast to take on the Buckeyes at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The 1-0 Wildcats host Virginia Union at 4:00pm ET.

Phil Burnett (Brady Hoke’s Defensive Line Coach at Ball State 2003-08): Burnett is now the Defensive Coordinator with Morehead State. The Eagles, 0-1, are at Youngstown State at 4:00pm ET.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips, 0-1, host James Madison at 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach. The Wolfpack, 1-0, host Richmond at 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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Ex Wolverines Coaching at College Level; Week 1 Results

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine 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). Updates on their seasons:

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, #8 in the country, were all over Ohio University 49-7. Bedford’s defense held the Bobcats to 2.9 yards per rushing attempt and under 23 minutes of possession time.

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, ranked 11th in the land by USA Today, downed TCU 37-27 in the Cowboys Classic. LSU’s offense, which has struggled at times the last few seasons, had a very good start in Cameron’s first game as Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers had 448 total yards, were 13 of 19 in third down conversions, held the ball for 36 minutes, and of course put up the 37 points.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame, ranked 13th by USA Today. The Fighting Irish defeated Temple 28-6. The Irish did give up over 4.0 yards per attempt to the Owl running backs.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is beginning his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The Sooners, ranked #15 in the country by USA Today, defeated Louisiana-Monroe 34-0. Montgomery’s defensive line contributed to a defense which allowed only 166 total yards, and gave up only 2 of 16 third down conversions (and 0-2 fourth down conversions).

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The 17th ranked Wolverines were all over Central Michigan 59-9. Defensively, Michigan held the Chips to 210 total yards and 12 first downs while forcing two turnovers.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, ranked 20th in the country by USA Today, held off California 44-30. Hankwitz’s defense forced three turnovers, including two pick-6’s by Collin Ellis.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers were the highest scoring team in the FBS in week 1, putting up 73 points in defeating Indiana State 73-35. Mallory’s defense had four sacks, a figure only 8 teams in FBS surpassed. The defense also forced a fumble, had an interception, and had seven tackles for loss.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles scored 14 fourth quarter points and defeated Howard University 34-24. Hart’s running backs gained 170 yards on the ground, and Parrish’s offense gained 380 total yards and 22 first downs.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is beginning his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers defeated Austin Peay 45-0. Stripling’s defensive line contributed to a unit which held Austin Peay to 79 total rushing yards.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd defeated Miami (OH) 52-14. Heater’s defense held the RedHawks to nine first downs and 239 total yards.

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 defeated Northern Arizona 35-0. The Wildcats did force three interceptions and did hold Northern Arizona to under 100 yards rushing; however, they did allow four of five 4th down conversions, and Northern Arizona held the ball for over 40 minutes.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The Mountaineers trailed William & Mary at halftime, and needed a late touchdown to win 24-17. Defensively, West Virginia gave up 207 passing yards and did pick up one interception.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers, in the FCS, were victorious in their first game in program history, defeating Campbell 52-7. Tall’s defense had a pick-6 in their second ever play from scrimmage en route to forcing four turnovers on the day.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, member of the FCS, defeated Edwards Waters 63-12, sprinting out to a 49-6 halftime lead.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange, who lost to Penn State 23-17. Syracuse did force four turnovers and held Penn State to 1.5 yards per rushing attempt.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies lost 35-10 to Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide returned a punt, kickoff, and interception for touchdowns in this game. Loeffler’s offense gained 212 total yards, and were 3 of 17 in third down conversions.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The Bulls were shredded by McNeese State of the FCS, 53-21. Loeffler’s quarterbacks were 19 of 40 for 209 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, in the FCS, lost to UT Martin 31-21. The defense allowed 289 yards through the air and 162 on the ground.

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, in the NAIA, will begin their season on Sept 7 when they host Grand View (Iowa).

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 will begin their season on Sept 14 when they will host 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 will start their season in a few weeks.

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2013 Week 1 College Football Wolverine Coaching Connection

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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 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 (games listed in chronological order within header section):

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

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Thursday August 29

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87)
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. It is the Battle of Indiana as the Sycamores of Indiana State travel to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers at 7:00pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, in the FCS, host UT Martin at 7:30pm.
 

Friday August 30

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 host Northern Arizona in a 10:00pm ET, 7:00pm PT, tilt on the Pac-12 Network.
 

Saturday August 31

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The Mountaineers host William & Mary at noon on Fox Sports 1.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers, in the FCS, have their first game in program history at noon, hosting Campbell.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91);
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The Wolverines, ranked 17th in the land, of course kick off their season at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame, ranked 11th by USA Today. The Fighting Irish host future Big Ten member Temple at 3:30pm on NBC.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange, who will kick off their season in the New Meadowlands Stadium against Penn State in a 3:30pm ET clash on ABC/ESPN2.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, member of the FCS, will host Edwards Waters at 5:00pm ET. Strangely, this game won’t be televised.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies play #1 ranked and two time defending champion Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, 5:30pm ET on ESPN. Loeffler’s final game as Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator last season was against Alabama, a game won by the Crimson Tide 49-0.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles host Howard University at 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is beginning his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers host Austin Peay at 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd will host Miami (OH) at 7:00pm ET on CBS Sports Network.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The Bulls host McNeese State at 7:00pm on ESPN3.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is beginning his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The Sooners, ranked #16 in the country, host Louisiana-Monroe at 7:00pm ET in a pay-per-view game. Hope the folks at State and Hoover don’t notice the PPV…

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 are ranked 13th in the USA Today and will face TCU in the Cowboys Classic at 9:00pm ET on ESPN.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, ranked 22nd in the country, will visit California to take on the Bears at 10:30pm ET, 7:30PT on ESPN2.

Sunday September 1

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, #9 in the country, host Ohio University at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73);
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, in the NAIA, will begin their season on Sept 7 when they host Grand View (Iowa).

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 will begin their season on Sept 14 when they will host 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 will start their season in a few weeks.

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Thursday August 29

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips kickoff their season at University of Central Florida, 7:00pm ET 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, who play in the FCS, host Pikeville at 7:00pm ET.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles of the FCS host Cumberland at 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT in the season kickoff for both teams.
 

Saturday August 31

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now North Carolina State Tight Ends Coach. The Wolfpack kick off their season by hosting Louisiana Tech at 12:30pm ET on the ACC Network/ESPN3.

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. Miami visits Marshall (with Defensive Coordinator Chuck Heater, former Michigan running back) at 7:00pm ET on the CBS Sports Network.

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 Wildcats, an FCS team, host Stephen F. Austin at 8:00pm ET, 6:00pm MT.

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 host Eastern Illinois at 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT on the Mountain West Network.
 

Sunday September 1

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State):
Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats travel to Tennessee State for an 8:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

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2013 Recruiting Results for Former Michigan Players, Coaches

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The 2013 recruiting classes are in for former Michigan football players, coaches, and former Brady Hoke assistant coaches who are now coaching various college programs.

Rankings are based on 247sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): Now Notre Dame University Defensive Line Coach. The Fighting Irish, coming off the BCS Title Game appearance, have put together a class that is ranked 4th or better by all the major services. Here’s the 2013 recruiting class for ND.

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 Tigers had another great recruiting class, listed in the Top 7 by every major site. Here are LSU’s commits.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Virginia Tech University Offensive Coordinator. Three of the four major sites had the Hokies anywhere from 19th-22nd in the country; the outlier was Scout, who had Virginia Tech at 35th. Generally, they are thought to have one of the top three or four classes in the ACC. Here is the Hokies recruiting class.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Now University of Tennessee Defensive Line Coach. The Volunteers have a class ranked anywhere from 20th to 32nd. Unfortunately for them, that puts them in the bottom half of the SEC recruiting rankings. Here is Tennessee’s 2013 recruiting class.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now West Virginia University Safeties Coach. The Mountaineers have anywhere from the 24th to 35th best class according to the rankings, and are considered to be in the top half of the Big 12. Here is West Virginia’s 2013 class.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10): Now Wide Receivers Coach;
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10): Now Offensive Coordinator;
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): Now Quarterbacks Coach
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez. Here is Arizona’s 2013 class. The Wildcats are thought to have anywhere from the 27th to 45th best class in the nation, and are generally thought to be in the middle part of the Pac 12.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87): Now Defensive Coordinator; and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach
Indiana Hoosiers. Indiana put together what is thought to be anywhere from the 41st to 51st best class in the land. They are generally considered to be at the middle or slightly below the middle of the Big Ten. Here is the Hoosiers class of 2013.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. Coming off a BCS win, the Cardinals class is ranked anywhere from 42nd to 57th in the country. The class is slotted anywhere from first to fourth in the Big East. Here is a list of their commits.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats have assembled what is considered to be anywhere from the 46th to 52nd best class in the land, and are generally thought to be anywhere from 6th to 9th in the Big Ten. Here is Northwestern’s class.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now University of South Florida Quarterbacks Coach. USF is thought to have anywhere from the 50th to 63rd best class in the country, which puts them in the upper middle of the Big East. Here is signing day information for the Bulls.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Marshall University Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd have anywhere from the 48th to 72nd ranked class. They are ranked either first or second in Conference USA. Here is Marshall’s class.

Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Now Head Coach, Syracuse University. Named Head Coach for the Orange on January 9, Shafer and staff put together a class that is considered between 70th and 80th in the nation. Moving to the 14 team ACC in 2013, Syracuse’s class is generally ranked in the bottom two or three of the conference. Here’s Shafer’s first recruiting class as Syracuse Head Coach.

Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): Now Head Coach
Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99, Offensive Coordinator 2000-01): Now Offensive Coordinator;
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): Now Running Backs Coach
All with Eastern Michigan University. The Eagles are thought to have anywhere from the 85th to 113th best class, and are thought to be about middle of the MAC. Here is the 2013 EMU class.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04): Now Northern Illinois Running Backs Coach. They are thought to have anywhere from the 99th to the 121st ranked class. Two services have their class about middle of the MAC, while 247 ranks their class 12th in the 13 team MAC. Here is their 2013 recruiting class.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013. Here is their recruiting class. Only 247 ranked the class, which was number 102 in the land according to the service.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Alcorn State University Head Coach. Here is the 2013 recruiting class for the Braves of the FCS..

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): Now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Division II Wildcats introduced their 2013 class.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The FCS division Mocs introduced their 2013 class.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73): Now Head Coach; and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Now Outside Linebackers Coach
Both with NAIA Siena Heights Saints. Siena Heights announced a 53-member recruiting class.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): Now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.

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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 put together a class ranked anywhere from 46th to 60th, which places them in the bottom half of the ACC. Here is their 2013 class.

Rocky Long (Defensive Coordinator for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10): Now San Diego State Head Coach
Brian Sipe (Quarterbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10): Now San Diego State Quarterbacks Coach
Tony White (Cornerbacks Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10): Now San Diego State Cornerbacks Coach; and
LeCharls McDaniel (Wide Receivers Coach for Hoke at San Diego State, 2009-10): Now San Diego State Wide Receivers Coach. The Aztecs have a class ranked anywhere from 65th to 76th, which places them second or third in the Mountain West Conference. Here is San Diego State’s press release for the 2013 class.

Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003): Now Miami University Redhawks Head Coach; and
Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): Now Miami University Redhawks Offensive Coordinator. Miami has a class ranked anywhere from 82nd to 104th. The class is ranked anywhere from 3rd to 9th in the MAC. Here is Miami’s class.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Now Akron University Running Backs Coach. The Zips have a class ranked anywhere from 105th to 117th in the land, which places them near the bottom of the MAC in terms of recruiting classes. Here is Akron’s 2013 class.

John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The FCS Wildcats 2013 class is listed here.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach 2006-08 for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The FCS Golden Eagles have their 2013 class listed here.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-05): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. Check out the 2013 recruiting class for the FCS Wildcats here.

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Michigan Coaching Connections on the Coaching Carousel

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Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.

In the ever-changing world of college football coaching in December, this is merely a snapshot in time. It will change as soon as it is posted.

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Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2, will be in the Sugar Bowl on January 2 against Florida. Head Coach Charlie Strong was rumored to have turned down the Tennessee job, will remain at Lousville, and the Cardinals are in the process of extending Strong’s contract. All of that should give Bedford job security and the opportunity to continue as Defensive Coordinator with what many see as a rising program.

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 (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC on Thursday December 27. Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7. Stripling was named Interim Head Coach. In 2009, when both Stripling and Jones were at Central Michigan University, Jones departed for Cincinnati and Stripling was Interim Head Coach for CMU in the GMAC Bowl. With history repeating itself, there is speculation that Stripling will re-join Jones in Tennessee.

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, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29. With the strong season at Syracuse, it is rumored that Shafer has interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan. That same article says that Morrison is a possibility to be Shafer’s Defensive Coordinator, should Shafer land the WMU job. It also mentions that Syracuse’s Head Coach, Doug Marrone, is rumored to have interviewed for the Wisconsin job – opening all sorts of possibilities for Shafer, Morrison, and Wheatley.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan on Wednesday December 26. Head coach Willie Taggart left WKU and was introduced as Head Coach at the University of South Florida on December 8; the Hilltoppers hired Bobby Petrino shortly thereafter (Petrino was introduced as WKU Head Coach on December 10). Petrino will reportedly be hands-off until after the bowl game. Sheridan’s first season with WKU was 2012. Sheridan’s dad, former Michigan assistant coach Bill Sheridan, is now Defensive Coordinator at Tampa Bay. There is no overlap in the careers of Petrino and the elder Sheridan. At this point it’s tough to say where Nick Sheridan will end up. WKU blog Toppatime will have all the latest on the WKU coaching staff.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. The Owls finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio left to become Head Coach at Boston College on December 4. Heater interviewed for the Head Coaching position at Temple on December 7. Many news outlets have reported that should Heater not get the Temple job, he would follow Addazio to Boston College to become Defensive Coordinator for the Eagles. According to Philly.com, Temple won’t be naming its new head coach until at least the first part of next week.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West.
Among those with Michigan ties, with whom Loeffler has coached:

  • Erik Campbell, coached with Loeffler on Lloyd Carr’s staff from 2002-2007. While Loeffler’s traditional offensive philosophy would seem to be a perfect fit with Iowa, the Hawkeyes just completed Year One with a new offensive coordinator (Greg Davis), and it’s doubtful they would make such a sudden move for an offensive coordinator with less than stellar results in his previous job, such as Loeffler.
  • Ron English, currently Head Coach at Eastern Michigan. Loeffler coached with English on Michigan’s staff from 2003-2007. Eagle Totem has reported that EMU’s 2012 Offensive Coordinator Ken Karcher no longer holds that position, so the Eagles are looking for a new Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler was on Lloyd Carr’s coaching staff with English at Michigan; was QB Coach when EMU Running Backs Coach Mike Hart was at Michigan; and was a Graduate Assistant when EMU Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson was a redshirt freshman and sophomore for the maize and blue.
  • Chuck Heater. Loeffler was Offensive Coordinator at Temple in 2011, when Heater was Defensive Coordinator for the Owls. They were also together on the 2009 and 2010 Florida Gators staffs. Heater is in the mix for the head coaching position with Temple; if he gets the Temple job, would Loeffler be a candidate for Heater’s staff? If Heater does not get the Temple job, he will most likely become Defensive Coordinator for Boston College and their new Head Coach, Steve Addazio. Loeffler coached with Addazio at Florida on those 2009 and 2010 staffs with Heater. Further, the new Athletic Director at Boston College, the man who hired Addazio, is Brad Bates, who played football for Michigan from 1978-80.
  • Vance Bedford. Loeffler was on the 2007 Michigan staff with Bedord, as well as the 2009 staff with the Florida Gators. Bedford is now Defensive Coordinator at Louisville under Cardinals Head Coach Charlie Strong, also part of the 2009 Gator staff. With the Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl, it is reasonable to assume that some current Cardinals coaches could be in demand elsewhere, perhaps creating an opening for Loeffler on the Louisville staff.
  • Teryl Austin and Andy Moeller. Loeffler coached with Austin on the 2002 Michigan staff and the 2010 Florida Gators staff; and with Moeller on Lloyd Carr’s staff at Michigan from 2002-07. Austin is now Defensive Backs Coach with the Baltimore Ravens, while Moeller is the Offensive Line Coach. The Head Coach for the Ravens is of course John Harbaugh. Perhaps Loeffler could find himself on the Ravens staff after the season is over.
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    Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, 8-5, will be playing in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day against the Stanford Cardinal. Bret Bielema of course left Wisconsin in a surprising move to become Head Coach at Arkansas. Barry Alvarez will lead the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Would you rather have your Athletic Director searching for a new coach or preparing for a Rose Bowl? In any event, Faulkner played at Wisconsin from 1996-2000. Any new head coach will want his own staff. If the new Badger coach has Wisconsin ties, perhaps Faulkner stays. His only season on Bielema’s staff was 2012; other than that there is no history between Faulkner and Bielema – doubtful that he moves to Arkansas.

    John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24. Head Coach for the Wildcats, Brian Jenkins, was reportedly interviewed for the vacant Southern University coaching position; Jenkins will remain with Bethune-Cookman, according to news reports.

    Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State 2003-04): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The Zips finished with a record of 1-11 overall, 0-8 in the MAC-East (last place). Head Coach Terry Bowden has named a new offensive coordinator (A.J. Milwee, QB Coach for the Zips in 2012). The rest of the coaching staff, including Boykin, appear to be returning.

    NFL

    Cam Cameron, fired earlier this week as Offensive Coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Cameron’s ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • Jim Harbaugh The NFL is a fraternity for coaches, if nothing else. Cameron was Michigan’s Wide Receivers Coach in 1986, Harbaugh’s last season with the Wolverines. Having coached for John Harbaugh and with Andy Moeller (Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Les Miles Cameron coached with Miles for 7 seasons at Michigan. Should Miles get an opening on his staff at LSU, it would be interesting to see if Cameron would be considered, or if Cameron would even be interested.
  • Jim Herrmann Cameron coached with Herrmann for 6 seasons at Michigan. Herrmann is now the Linebackers Coach for the New York Giants. Would New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin consider Cameron for any potential openings on the Giants staff at the end of the season?
  • Mike DeBord Cameron coached with DeBord for 2 seasons at Michigan. DeBord is now the Tight Ends Coach with the Chicago Bears.
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell, now Wide Receivers Coach at Iowa; Doug Mallory, now Defensive Coordinator at Indiana; Curt Mallory, now Secondary Coach at Michigan; Mike Elston, now Defensive Line Coach at Notre Dame; Steve Morrison, now Linebackers Coach at Syracuse; Tyrone Wheatley, now Running Backs Coach at Syracuse; and Matt Dyson, now Head Coach with George Mason University, where football is a club sport.
  • Warde Manuel. Now the Athletic Director at UConn, Manuel was a Michigan player during the early part of Cameron’s tenure with the maize and blue.
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    Maize & Blue Bloodlines Coaching in the Bowl Games

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    Fergodsakes.com previews the college football bowl game schedule 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.

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    Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

    Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 10-2 and 21st in the BCS Standings, will play Florida in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday January 2 at 8:30pm ET on ESPN. Louisville earned the Big East’s BCS Bowl berth.

    Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, #20 in the BCS standings, finished the regular season 9-3 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten Legends Division (3rd place). Northwestern will play Mississippi State on New Years Day in the Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, FL, noon ET on ESPN2.

    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 Tigers finished their regular season at 10-2 overall, 6-2 (tied for 2nd) in SEC West, and 8th in the BCS Standings. The Tigers will play Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on New Years Eve, 7:30pm ET on ESPN.

    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, 7-5 overall, finished the regular season at 5-2 in the Big East. They will play West Virginia in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday December 29 at 3:15pm ET, on ESPN.

    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 (9-3) will play against Duke in the Belk Bowl, Charlotte, NC, Thursday December 27, 6:30pm ET on ESPN.

    Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). The Hilltoppers will play in Detroit in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan. Kickoff is Wednesday December 26 at 7:30pm ET on ESPN.

    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 and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 7-5 overall, ended the regular season 4-5, fourth place in the Pac 12 South. Arizona will play Nevada in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, NM, on Saturday December 15 at 1pm ET, 11am MT on ESPN.

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    Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. Big Ten Champion Wisconsin, 8-5, will be playing in the Rose Bowl on New Years Day against the Stanford Cardinal. Kickoff will be 5:00pm ET, 2:00pm PT on ESPN.

    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 ended the regular season 9-3 overall, 7-1 in the Mountain West Conference (tied for first). San Diego State will play against BYU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday December 20, at 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT on ESPN.

    John Powers (OL Coach 2006-07; TE Coach 2008 for Brady Hoke at Ball State). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman was 9-2 in the regular season and qualified for the FCS playoffs. They lost their first round game on November 24.

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    Former Wolverines Coaching in College – Week 13 Update

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan football coaching connection. Former Michigan football players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs; here’s how they are doing:

    For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

    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 Tigers finished their regular season defeating Arkansas 20-13, and are 10-2 overall, 6-2 (tied for 2nd) in SEC West, and ranked 7th nationally in the BCS. LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in total yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and pass efficiency defense. In addition, the Tigers are 11th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17 points per game.

    Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, #22 in the BCS standings, defeated Illinois 50-14. Northwestern finished the regular season 9-3 overall, 5-3 in the Big Ten Legends Division (3rd place). Hankwitz’s defense is 19th in the nation in rushing yards allowed (123 yards per game) and 32nd in scoring defense (23 points per game). In addition, the defense has contributed to a team which is 12th in the country in turnover margin, at +1.1 per game.

    Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 9-2, fell in triple overtime to Connecticut, 23-20. Bedford’s defense is 14th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 186 yards per game; 26th in the country in total defense (345 yards per game); and 44th in scoring defense, allowing 24 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 27th in the country in turnover margin, at +0.6 per game.

    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 defeated South Florida 27-10 and are 8-3 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 211 yards per game, good for 25th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 31 points per game, which is 49th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 139 yards per game on the ground, 34th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 13th in the land in scoring defense (17 points per game); and is 36th in sacks (2.4 per game).

    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, 7-5, defeated Temple 38-20. They have finished the regular season at 5-2 in Big East Conference play. There is a logjam at the top of the Big East standings, and Syracuse is in the thick of it. While the Orange have completed their regular season, much of the rest of the Big East has one final weekend of play coming up. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 9th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.5 per game. They are 49th in total defense, allowing 385 yards per game; and 52nd in scoring defense, allowing 26 points per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 172 yards per game, 52nd in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 473 total yards per game, 22nd in the country.

    Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers came from behind to beat North Texas 25-24. Western Kentucky finished the regular season 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the Sun Belt Conference (5th place). They are bowl eligible. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 30th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 206 passing yards per game, 92nd in the nation.

    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 and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 7-5, lost to arch-rival Arizona State 41-34, finishing the regular season 4-5, fourth place in the Pac 12 South. They are 7th in the nation in total offense (522 yards per game), and 19th in scoring offense (37 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 101st in scoring defense, allowing 34 points per game; 115th in total defense, allowing 486 yards per game; and 116th in passing defense, allowing 296 yards per game through the air.

    Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 6-5, completed their season November 17. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties contributed to a defense which was 10th in total defense (allowing 308 yards per game); 13th in pass defense (allowing 166 yards per game); and 20th in scoring defense, (allowing 20 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga was 13th in turnover margin at +0.7 per game.

    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 finished their season November 3, ending with a record of 4-6. Siena Heights is 6th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations.

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

    Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats ended their season on November 10 with a record of 4-7. Knight’s wide receivers averaged 179 yards per game in receptions, 117th among the 158 teams in Division II.

    Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls lost to Syracuse 38-20. Temple finished their season at 4-7 overall, 2-5 in the Big East (7th place). Heater’s defense gave up 31 points per game, 87th in the country, and allowed 437 total yards per game, 89th in the country.

    Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-7, finished their season on November 17. Alcorn State was 4th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 156 yards per 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 lost the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket to Purdue, losing 56-35. Indiana finished the season 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Leaders Division (5th place). Mallory’s defense is 16th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.2 per game, and 44th in sacks, averaging 2.3 per game. They are 56th in pass defense (allowing 232 passing yards per game); 104th in scoring defense (35 points per game); and 116th in rush defense (231 yards per game). Frey’s offensive line contributed to a run game which averaged 131 yards per game, 95th in the country. The Hoosiers averaged 31 points per game, 48th in the country.

    Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes lost to Nebraska 13-7. Iowa finished their season at 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten Legends Division (5th place). Campbell’s wide receivers contributed to an offense which averaged 187 yards per game through the air, 99th in the country. They are part of an offense that scored 19 points per game, 111th in the country.

    Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan was 1st in tackles for loss (11.1 per game); tied for 6th in sacks (3.2 per game); and was 6th in punt returns (18 yards per return).

    Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. The Tigers finished the season losing to Alabama 49-0. They were 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the SEC West. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense was 108th in sacks allowed (3.1 per game); 112th in passing offense (157 yards per game); 113th in scoring offense (19 points per game); and 115th in total offense (305 yards per game).

    Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001);
    Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); and
    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 finished their season losing to Northern Illinois 49-7. EMU ended with a record of 2-10 overall, 1-7 in the MAC West (last place). Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line helped EMU to 164 yards per game on the ground, 61st in the country. Defensively, the Eagles were last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 267 yards per game on the ground.

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

    Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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    Mad Hatter Press Conference, BCS Ranking for RichRod, and More

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan football players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs; here’s how they are doing:

    For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

    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 Tigers, 9-2 and ranked 7th in the BCS, defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Miles then delivered this epic press conference. (He referenced his playing days at Michigan – Fergodsakes.com has a brief writeup on Miles’ UM career here). Despite being gouged by Ole Miss for 35 points, for the season LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in total yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and pass efficiency defense. In addition, the Tigers are 12th in scoring defense, allowing an average of 17 points per game.

    Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 20th in the BCS, had a bye this week. At 9-1, Bedford’s defense is 32nd in the country in total defense (356 yards per game); and 46th in scoring defense, allowing 25 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 25th in the country in turnover margin, at +0.7 per game.

    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 and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 7-4 and ranked 24th in the BCS, defeated Utah 34-24. They are 8th in the nation in total offense (522 yards per game), 22nd in scoring offense (38 points per game); and 24th in passing offense (297 yards per game). Defensively, Arizona is 100th in scoring defense, allowing 34 points per game; 114th in total defense, allowing 488 yards per game; and 117th in passing defense, allowing 305 yards per game through the air.

    Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 8-3, defeated Michigan State 23-20. Hankwitz’s defense is 19th in the nation in rushing yards allowed (122 yards per game) and 37th in scoring defense (24 points per game). In addition, the defense has contributed to a team which is 15th in the country in turnover margin, at +1.0 per game.

    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 lost to Rutgers 10-3 and are 7-3 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 212 yards per game, good for 22nd in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 31 points per game, which is 47th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 140 yards per game on the ground, 36th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 15th in the land in scoring defense (18 points per game); and is 44th in sacks (2.2 per game).

    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, 6-5, had an impressive, come-from-behind road victory at Missouri, 31-27. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 12th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.4 per game. They are 56th in total defense, allowing 389 yards per game; and 58th in scoring defense, allowing 26 points per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 164 yards per game, 63rd in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 473 total yards per game, 24th in the country.

    Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-5, lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 31-27. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 23rd in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 209 passing yards per game, 89th in the nation.

    Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 6-5, completed their season with a 24-17 victory over Elon. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 10th in total defense (allowing 308 yards per game); 13th in pass defense (allowing 166 yards per game); and 20th in scoring defense, (allowing 20 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga is 13th in turnover margin at +0.7 per game.

    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 finished their season November 3, ending with a record of 4-6. Siena Heights is 6th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations.

    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 fell to 4-7, losing to Penn State 45-22. Mallory’s defense is 12th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.4 per game, and 32nd in sacks, averaging 2.5 per game. They are 43rd in pass defense, allowing 219 passing yards per game, and 98th in scoring defense (33 points per game). They are also 117th in rush defense, allowing 236 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 128 yards per game, 96th in the country. The Hoosiers are 51st in the country in scoring offense, averaging 30 points per game.

    Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-7, lost of course to Michigan 42-17. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 196 yards per game through the air, which is 97th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 20 points per game, 105th in the country.

    Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats ended their season on November 10 with a record of 4-7. Knight’s wide receivers averaged 179 yards per game in receptions, 117th among the 158 teams in Division II.

    Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 4-6, defeated Army 63-32. Heater’s defense is 31st in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.5 times per game. They are 85th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 31 points per game.

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

    Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-7, finished their season losing to Jackson State 37-11. Alcorn State is 4th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 156 yards per game. Here’s a summary of the Jackson State game, with positive remarks about the job Hopson has done at Alcorn State.

    Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan was 1st in tackles for loss (11.1 per game); tied for 6th in sacks (3.2 per game); and was 6th in punt returns (18 yards per return).

    Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers are 3-8 following a 51-7 victory over Alabama A&M (Loeffler discusses the win). In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 107th in scoring offense (20 points per game); 109th in sacks allowed (3.2 per game); 111th in passing offense (164 yards per game); and 112th in total offense (318 yards per game).

    Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001);
    Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); and
    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 improved to 2-9, defeating Western Michigan 29-23. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 171 yards per game on the ground, which is 50th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 269 yards per game on the ground.

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

    Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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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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    Week 11 Results Wolverine Coaching Connection – College Edition

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    Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan football players and assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs.

    For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

    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 Tigers, 8-2, defeated then BCS #21 Mississippi State 37-17. Ranked 7th in the BCS, LSU is among the top five defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, and total yards allowed.

    Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 19th in the BCS, suffered their first defeat of the season, losing to Syracuse 45-26. At 9-1, Bedford’s defense is 36th in the country in total defense (356 yards per game); and 46th in scoring defense, allowing 25 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 22nd in the country in turnover margin, at +0.7 per game. With its first loss of the season comes the criticism directed toward Bedford.

    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 defeated Temple 34-10 and are 7-2 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 227 yards per game, good for 16th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 34 points per game, which is 35th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats hold opponents to 129 yards per game on the ground, 26th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 21st in the land in scoring defense (19 points per game); and is tied for 32nd in sacks (2.4 per game).

    Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 7-3, of course lost to Michigan 38-31 in overtime. Hankwitz’s defense is 24th in the nation in rushing yards allowed (123 yards per game) and tied for 41st in scoring defense (24 points per game).

    Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-4, lost to Florida Atlantic 37-28. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 18th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 215 passing yards per game, 80th in the nation.

    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, defeated Colorado 56-31. They are 6th in the nation in total offense (526 yards per game), 14th in passing offense (311 yards per game), and 20th in scoring offense (38 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 103rd in scoring defense, allowing 35 points per game; 116th in total defense, allowing opponents to pass for 305 yards per game; and 117th in total defense, allowing 492 yards per game.

    Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 5-5, lost to Wofford in overtime, 16-13. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 6th in passing defense (allowing 153 yards per game); 11th in total defense (allowing 302 yards per game); and 22nd in scoring defense (allowing 21 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga is 16th in turnover margin at +0.7 per game.

    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, 5-5, defeated then BCS #9 Louisville 45-26. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 19th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.1 per game. They are 50th in total defense, allowing 378 yards per game; and 57th in scoring defense, allowing 26 points per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 168 yards per game, 55th in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 470 total yards per game, 24th in the country.

    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 fell to 4-6, getting thrashed by Wisconsin 62-14. Mallory’s defense is 17th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.3 per game, and 35th in sacks, averaging 2.4 per game. They are 28th in pass defense, allowing 202 passing yards per game, and 91st in scoring defense (32 points per game). They are also 118th in rush defense, allowing 244 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 138 yards per game, 83rd in the country. The Hoosiers are 44th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 31 points per game.

    Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-6, lost to Purdue 27-24. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 198 yards per game through the air, which is 94th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 21 points per game, 102nd in the country.

    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 finished their season November 3, ending with a record of 4-6. Siena Heights is 8th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations.

    Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats ended their season with a heart-breaking 32-31 loss to Ferris State, finishing with a record of 4-7. Knight’s wide receivers averaged 179 yards per game in receptions, 117th among the 158 teams in Division II.

    Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 3-6, lost to Cincinnati 34-10. Heater’s defense is tied for 32nd in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.4 times per game. They are 85th in scoring defense with opponents averaging 30 points per game.

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

    Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 4-6, defeated Texas Southern 34-24. Alcorn State is 10th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 162 yards per game.

    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 121, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats ended their season with a record of 3-8 after a 23-16 lost to Concord. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.1 per game); tied for 6th in sacks (3.2 per game); and 6th in punt returns (18 yards per return).

    Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers fell to 2-8, losing to Georgia 38-0. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is in the bottom 10 in scoring offense (17 points per game); total offense (299 yards per game); passing offense (164 yards per game); and sacks allowed (3.3 per game). Despite the shutout, Auburn may have found a quarterback.

    Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001);
    Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); and
    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 fell to 1-9, losing to the Central Michigan 34-31. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 167 yards per game on the ground, which is 56th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 284 yards per game on the ground.

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

    Source for all NCAA statistics is the NCAA; and the NAIA for NAIA statistics.

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