Two Former Wolverine Assistant Coaches in Top Ten in BCS

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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 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, 7-2, lost to #1 Alabama 21-17. 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 9th in the BCS, are 9-0 after defeating Temple 45-17. Bedford’s defense is 19th in the land in pass defense, allowing 189 yards per game; 29th in the country in total defense (337 yards per game); and 35th in scoring defense, allowing 22 points per game. They have also contributed to the Cardinals being 14th in the country in turnover margin, at +1.0 per game. In the Huddle recaps the win over Temple.

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 Syracuse 35-24 and are 6-2 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 130 yards per game on the ground, 30th in the nation. In addition, Cincinnati is 19th in sacks (2.75 per game) and 24th in the country in scoring defense (20 points per game).

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 6-3, lost to Middle Tennessee 34-29. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 15th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 220 passing yards per game, 76th 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, 5-4, were trounced by UCLA 66-10. They are 8th in the nation in passing offense (330 yards per game), 10th in total offense (521 yards per game), and 29th in scoring offense (36 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 105th in scoring defense, allowing 35 points per game; 117th in passing defense, allowing opponents to pass for 315 yards per game; and 118th in total defense, allowing 498 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 5-4, defeated Western Carolina 45-24. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 13th in passing defense (allowing 166 yards per game); 17th in total defense (allowing 308 yards per game); and 29th in scoring defense (allowing 21 points per game). Additionally, Chattanooga is 13th in turnover margin at +0.78 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 improved to 4-5, beating Iowa 24-21. Mallory’s defense is 9th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.4 per game, and 33rd in sacks, averaging 2.4 per game. They are 46th in pass defense, allowing 220 passing yards per game, and 75th in scoring defense (29 points per game). Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 147 yards per game, 77th in the country. The Hoosiers are 43rd in the country in scoring offense, averaging 33 points 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, 4-5, lost to Cincinnati 35-24. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 9th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.4 per game. They are tied for 40th in passing defense, allowing 209 yards per game through the air. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 156 yards per game, 72nd in the country, and are part of a unit averaging 464 total yards per game, 26th in the country.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-5, lost to Indiana 24-21. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 198 yards per game through the air, which is 95th in the country. They are part of an offense scoring 20 points per game, 103rd 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 defeated Waldorf (Iowa) 31-21 and finished their season 4-6. Siena Heights is 7th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 65% rate in such situations. Here’s a recap on Saturday’s victory.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 4-6, defeating Saginaw Valley State 33-28 after trailing by 12 points in the 4th quarter. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 181 yards per game in receptions, which is 115th among the 158 teams in Division II.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 3-5, lost to then #10 Louisville 45-17. Heater’s defense is 31st in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.5 times per game. They are 80th 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 lost to Radford 42-18 and finished their season at 3-5.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 3-6, lost to Mississippi Valley State 33-9. Alcorn State is 10th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 161 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 are 3-7 after losing to Charleston 28-23. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.3 per game), and 3rd in sacks (3.3 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense exploded this week, defeating New Mexico State 42-7. The Tigers improved to 2-7 with the victory. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 109th in scoring offense (19 points per game) and 113th in total offense (305 yards per game).

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 fell to 1-8, losing to the Bobcats of Ohio 45-14. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 152 yards per game on the ground, which is 74th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 303 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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Many Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other Saturday

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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

Temple at Louisville, noon ET, ABC
A matchup of defenses in Louisville – defenses from the Michigan fan’s perspective. Chuck Heater, running back for the Wolverines from 1971-74, is currently Defensive Coordinator for the Temple Owls (3-4). On the opposing sideline is Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator for Louisville (8-0, #10 in the BCS). 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.

Syracuse at Cincinnati, noon ET, Big East Network
Up the road a little bit from Louisville will be a matchup of running backs. The Orange of Syracuse (4-4), with Running Backs Coach Tyrone Wheatley (Michigan running back 1991-94), visit the Bearcats of Cincinnati (5-2), 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 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.

Iowa at Indiana, 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT, Big Ten Network
Erik “Soup” Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007), Wide Receivers Coach for Iowa (4-4), and the Hawkeyes will travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers (3-5). On the Hoosiers staff is Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87), a Wolverine teammate of Campbell’s for four years in the mid-1980′s. They won a Big 10 title together (1986) 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). Also on the Indiana sideline is former Michigan Offensive Line Coach Greg Frey (2008-10) who is Offensive Line Coach for Indiana.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

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 are now 1-8 after losing to the Ohio University Bobcats on Thursday night, 45-14. Eagle Totem has the latest info on the EMU season.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers fell to 6-3 Thursday night, losing to Middle Tennessee State 34-29.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 1-7, host the Aggies for the second week in a row – last week was the Aggies of Texas A&M; this week it’s the Aggies of New Mexico State. Game time is 12:30pm ET on CSS/ESPN3. Here’s the latest in blaming Loeffler for all of Auburn’s troubles.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats, 3-6, are home against Saginaw Valley State in a 1pm ET 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 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats, 3-6, are home against Charleston in a 1:00pm ET 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, 3-6, close out their season at Waldorf (Iowa) in a 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 3-5, are at Mississippi Valley State in a 2:00pm ET game. The Clarion Ledger previews the 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 (3-4) are home against Radford at 3:00pm ET.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 4-4, visit Western Carolina at 3:30pm ET.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The 7-1 Tigers, ranked #5 in the BCS, host #1 Alabama at 8:00pm ET on CBS.

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, 5-3 and #22 in the BCS, are at UCLA in a 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT matchup on the Pac 12 Networks. Check out the latest on the Wildcats here.

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

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

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, 4-4, are at Buffalo in a noon ET game.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats, 6-2, are at Morgan State in a 1:00pm ET game.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 1-8, is at Kent State in a 2:00pm ET game on SportsTime Ohio and ESPN3.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles, 2-6 and a member of the FCS, are home against Eastern Illinois at 2:30pm ET, 1:30pm CT.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The Wildcats, 1-7, are home against Montana in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT game on ROOT SPORTS TV.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs, 6-3, are at Boise State, ranked #19 in the BCS. Game time is 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on CBS SN.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The Badgers, 6-3, have a bye this week.

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Week 8 College Football Wolverine Coaching Connection

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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 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 defeated Texas A&M and are now 7-1 on the season. Ranked 6th in the BCS, LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, total defense, tackles for loss, rushing defense, and scoring defense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 16th in the BCS, are now 7-0 after defeating USF 27-25. Bedford’s defense is 31st in the land in total defense, allowing 339 yards per game; 34th in the country in rushing defense (126 yards per game); and 36th in scoring defense, allowing 22 points per game. In the Huddle has more on the Louisville season.

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 their first game of the season, 29-23 to Toledo, and are 5-1 on the season. Manning’s running backs are averaging 226 yards per game, good for 16th in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 35 points per game, which is 36th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats to 20th in the country in scoring defense (17 points per game) and is 12th in sacks (3 per game)

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 5-2, lost in overtime to Louisiana-Monroe 43-42. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 11th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 224 passing yards per game, good for 71st in the nation.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-3, lost to Penn State 38-14. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 189 yards per game through the air, which is tied for 101st in the country.

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, 4-3, defeated Washington 52-17. They are 5th in the nation in passing offense (352 yards per game), 5th in total offense (549 yards per game), and 20th in scoring offense (39 points per game). Defensively, Arizona is 104th in total defense, allowing 465 yards per game, and 111th in passing defense, allowing opponents to pass for 291 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 4-3, defeated Samford 20-13. Out of 121 teams in FCS, Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense which is 7th in total defense (allowing 294 yards per game), 14th in scoring defense (allowing 18 points per game), and 17th in rushing defense (allowing 113 yards per game).

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls lost to Rutgers 35-10 and are 3-3 on the season. Heater’s defense is 19th in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 2.8 times per game. They are 51st in scoring defense with opponents averaging 25 points per game. The Owl defense has contributed to a team which is 29th in the country in turnover margin (+0.8 per game).

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 3-4, defeated UConn 40-10. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 8th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.9 per game. They are 24th in rushing defense, 26th in total defense, and 45th in scoring defense. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 145 yards per game, 80th 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 are 3-5 after losing to 10th ranked Grandview 37-25. Siena Heights is 12th in NAIA in 4th down conversions, earning a first down at a 61% clip in such situations.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves lost to Prairie View A&M 52-37 to fall to 3-5 on the season. Alcorn State is 14th in pass defense in the 121 team FCS, allowing 171 yards 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 are now 2-4 after falling to Maryland-Eastern Shore 18-0.

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 2-5, losing to Navy 31-30. Mallory’s defense is 28th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 6.9 per game. They are 90th in scoring defense (32 points per game) and 97th in total defense, giving up 448 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 162 yards per game, good for 63rd in the country. The Hoosiers are 35th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 35 points per game.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 2-6 after losing to Wayne State 38-31. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 190 yards per game in receptions, which is 103rd among the 158 teams in Division II.

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 fell to 2-6, losing 28-21 to Glenville St. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 1st in tackles for loss (11.3 per game), and 3rd in sacks (3.8 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense are feeling the heat in Auburn. The Tigers dropped to 1-6 after a 17-13 loss to Vanderbilt. In the 120 team FBS, Loeffler’s offense is 119th in total offense (277 yards per game) and 118th in scoring offense (16 points per game). The latest in Auburn’s offensive woes.

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 got their first win of the season, 48-38 over Army, and are 1-6. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 163 yards per game on the ground, which is 61st in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 313 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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College Season Midway Point – Wolverine Coaching Connections

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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 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 defeated #3 South Carolina 23-21 and are now 6-1 on the season. Ranked 6th in the BCS, LSU is among the top ten defenses in the country in passing yards allowed, pass efficiency defense, total defense, tackles for loss, and scoring defense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, ranked 16th in the BCS, are now 6-0 after defeating Pitt 45-35. Bedford’s defense is 24th in the land in total defense, allowing 331 yards per game; 26th in the country in rushing defense (114 yards per game); and is 34th in scoring defense, allowing 21 points 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 improved to 5-0 on the season, defeating Fordham 49-17 and are now ranked 21st in the BCS. Manning’s running backs are averaging 221 yards per game, good for 23rd in the country, and have contributed to an offense which has scored 37 points per game, which is 27th in the nation. Stripling’s defensive line has helped the Bearcats to 10th in the country in scoring defense (14 points per game) and is tied for 14th in sacks (3 per game)

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 5-1, defeated Troy 31-26 on Thursday night. Sheridan has helped guide an offense which is 17th in the country in passing efficiency. Western Kentucky has averaged 210 passing yards per game, good for 83rd in the nation.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 4-2, defeated Michigan State in double overtime, 19-16. Campbell’s wide receivers have contributed to an offense which averages 189 yards per game through the air, which is 99th in the country.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls defeated UConn 17-14 in overtime and are 3-2 on the season. Heater’s defense is 10th in the country in sacks, getting to the quarterback 3.2 times per game. They are 42nd in scoring defense with opponents averaging 22 points per game. The Owl defense has contributed to a team which is 12th in the country in turnover margin (+1.2 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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 3-3, had a bye week. They are 5th in the nation in passing offense, 4th in total offense, and 27th in scoring offense. Defensively, Arizona is 107th in sacks, 110th in total defense, and 114th in passing defense (out of 120 teams in FCS).

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 3-3, defeated Furman 31-10.

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 are 3-4 after losing to defending national champion and 6th ranked St. Xavier 45-7. Siena Heights is 24th in NAIA in total rushing offense. Lyall talks about the St. Xavier loss here.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves defeated Alabama A&M 21-20 to improve to 3-4 on the 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 are now 2-3 after falling to Coppin State 51-6.

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 2-4, dropping a tough one to the Buckeyes 52-49. Mallory’s defense is 19th in the country in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.5 per game. They are 92nd in scoring defense (32 points per game) and 103rd in total defense, giving up 464 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has contributed to a run game which averages 160 yards per game, good for 71st in the country. The Hoosiers are 32nd in the country in scoring offense, averaging 36 points per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 2-4, fell to Rutgers 23-15. Shafer’s defense, with Morrison’s linebackers, are 11th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 7.8 per game. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 128 yards per game, 92nd in the country. Before the Rutgers game, Wheatley talked about his running backs.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 2-5 after defeating Grand Valley State 38-10. Knight’s wide receivers are averaging 184 yards per game in receptions, which is 107th among the 158 teams in Division II.

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 fell to 2-5, losing 49-32 to Fairmont St. Of 158 teams in Division II, West Virginia Wesleyan is 2nd in sacks (4.1 per game) and 2nd in tackles for loss (11.1 per game).

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Loeffler and the offense are feeling the heat in Auburn. The Tigers dropped to 1-5 after a 41-20 loss to Ole Miss. Loeffler discusses the latest setback. Loeffler’s offense is in the bottom 10% in the country in scoring offense, total offense, sacks allowed, passing efficiency offense, and passing yards per game. Ever wonder what the worst team in the country in turnover margin would look like? The 2012 Auburn Tigers are last, with a turnover margin of minus 2.17 turnovers per game.

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 fell to 0-6 after losing to Toledo 52-47. Hart’s running backs and Anderson’s offensive line have guided EMU to 156 yards per game on the ground, which is 74th in the country. Defensively, the Eagles are last in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game, giving up 297 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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College Football Week 6 Wolverine Coaching Connections

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Former Michigan players, coaches, and former Coach Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend (games listed in chronological order within header grouping; all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

Coach Hoke Connections Coaching Against Each Other

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. 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. Manning was a Graduate Assistant at Michigan under Hoke in 2011. In this Ohio battle, the Bearcats, 3-0, host Miami, 3-2, in a 7:00pm ET game Saturday on ESPN3.

Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 1-3, host Pitt in a 7:00pm ET game Friday night on ESPN.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats, 2-3, hit the road to take on Shepherd in a noon ET game.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87) and Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The Hoosiers, 2-2, host Michigan State in a noon ET game on the Big Ten Network. Mallory talks about his defense with the Indy Star (see page 2 of the article).

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The Owls, 1-2, host South Florida for Homecoming. The game is at noon ET on the Big East Network and ESPN3.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 1-3, look to get back on track, hosting Arkansas at noon ET on ESPN2. ArkansasSports360 previews Auburn-Arkansas.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, 3-2, host Olivet Nazarene in a 1:00pm ET game in Adrian.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats, 1-4, host Michigan Tech in a 1:00pm ET game.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-4 Eagles host Kent State at 1:00pm ET.

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 are 3-2 and play at Stanford in a 3:00pm ET game on FOX.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots host Williamson Tech at 3:00pm ET.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. The 5-0 Tigers, ranked #4 in the country according to the AP, travel to Florida to take on the Gators in a 3:30pm ET game on CBS.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 1-4, host Southern in a 5:00pm ET matchup on ESPN3. The game will also be shown tape-delayed at 10:30pm ET on ESPNU. Among other things, Hopson is looking for a punter who can catch the snap.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, 5-0 and ranked 16th by USA Today, have a bye this week.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 4-1, have a bye this week.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 3-2, have a bye week.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs, 2-3, have a bye this week.

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

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The Wildcats, 0-5, host Cal Poly in a Friday night game – 9:00pm ET.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. Akron, 1-4, hosts Bowling Green for Homecoming in a 2:00pm ET game.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The Badgers, 3-2, host Illinois at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. The Wildcats, 3-2, host North Carolina A&T at 4:00pm ET.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. The Golden Eagles, 2-3, host Jacksonville State at 7:00pm ET.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs, 2-3, host Hawaii at 8:00pm ET on CBS SN.

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Some Undefeated Wolverines Coaching in NCAA

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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. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. 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 defeated Towson 38-22 and are 5-0 on the season, ranked 4th in the country according to the AP. LSU’s defense is in the top ten in the country in total defense, passing efficiency defense, rushing defense, and points allowed.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. Louisville is ranked #16 in the country by USA Today after defeating Southern Mississippi 21-17 to improve to 5-0. Bedford’s defense is 30th in the country in points allowed, with the Cardinals giving up an average of 19 points 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 had a last-second 27-24 victory over Virginia Tech to improve to 3-0 on the season. Manning’s running backs are 31st in the nation, averaging 207 yards per game. Stripling’s defensive line has held opponents to 136 rushing yards per game, 47th in the country, while getting after the quarterback enough to be 18th in the country in sacks.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers are 4-1 after defeating Arkansas State 26-13. Sheridan has the WKU quarterbacks at 25th in the country in passing efficiency.

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 improved to 3-2 after defeating Taylor 28-14. Now ranked #32 in the nation in NAIA, Siena Heights in 23rd in NAIA in defending the run, and 24th in rushing the ball.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes defeated Minnesota 31-13 and stand 3-2 on the season. Hawkeye blog Black Heart Gold Pants has the summary of Iowa’s victory. Campbell’s wide receivers are 95th in the country, hauling in an average of 200 yards receiving 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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats lost a tough one to Oregon State 38-35 and are 3-2 for the season. Arizona is 9th in the nation in passing offense, and 10th in total offense.

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

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 to Northwestern 44-29 and are 2-2 on the season. Mallory’s defense is 25th in the nation in tackles-for-loss, averaging 7.25 per game. Offensively, Frey’s offensive line is contributing to a team that is 35th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 199 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 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The Bobcats defeated Urbana 33-21 and are 2-3 on the season.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs defeated The Citadel 28-10 to improve to 2-3 on the season. Braithwaite’s safeties have contributed to a defense that is 23rd in FCS in total defense, allowing 315 yards per game.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple, 1-2, had its second bye week of the young season. Heater’s defense is 30th in the nation in sacks, averaging 2.7 per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange, 1-3, had a bye this week. Wheatley’s running backs are 81st in the country in rushing yards per game (146), and have contributed to a unit which is 10th in the nation in passing yardage and 27th in the country in total offense.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Auburn, 1-3, had a bye this week. Loeffler’s offense is 114th in the country in points scored, averaging 18 points per game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves lost to Alabama State 54-14 to fall to 1-4 for the season.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats are 1-4 after losing to Hillsdale 44-6. Knight’s wide receivers have averaged 171 receiving yards per game, good for 120th in Division II.

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 are 0-4 and had a bye this past weekend. The running game for EMU with Anderson the OL Coach and Hart the RB Coach is 95th in the country, averaging 126 yards per game. Ever wonder what the statistically worst rushing defense in the country looks like? Eastern has the dubious honor of being last in the nation, giving up an average of 302 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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Big Ten Season Begins – Wolverine Coaching Connections

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connections. Former Michigan players, assistant coaches, and former Coach Brady Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): 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 1-3 Bobcats host Urbana in a noon ET 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 2-1 Hoosiers visit Northwestern to take on the Wildcats in a noon ET game on the Big Ten Network.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The 2-2 Hawkeyes host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a noon ET game on ESPN2.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club football team. The 1-1 Patriots head to Pennsylvania to take on Valley Forge Military in a 1:00pm ET game.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Division II Wildcats, 1-3, visit Hillsdale in a 1:30pm ET matchup.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The FCS division Braves, 1-3, host Alabama State at 3:00pm ET.

Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The 2-0 Bearcats, who have already had two bye weeks, host Virginia Tech in a 3:30pm ET game on ESPNU.

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 2-2 Saints host Taylor in a 6:00pm ET game. This looks like it should be an interesting game – Taylor is ranked #40 in NAIA, while Siena Heights is ranked #41.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. In the FCS division, the 1-3 Mocs travel to Charleston to take on the Citadel in a 6:00pm ET game.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 3-1, visit Arkansas State in a 7:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. Number 3 in the country, the Tigers host Towson at 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The 4-0 Cardinals look to remain undefeated when they travel to play Southern Mississippi at 8:00pm ET on the CBS Sports Network.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10); Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 3-1, host Oregon State at 10:00pm ET on the Pac 12 Network.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple, 1-2, has a bye this week.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Auburn, 1-3, has a bye this week. Does Loeffler have a quarterback controversy on his hands? Here’s WRBL TV of Columbus, Georgia, with Loeffler discussing the situation.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. Syracuse, 1-3, has a bye this week. Wheatley shares his thoughts on Michigan-Notre Dame – from before last weekend’s game – with the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-4 Eagles have a bye this week.

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

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

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. Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State in 2003 and 2004): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. It will be a reunion of former Brady Hoke assistant coaches in Akron as the 2-2 Miami Redhawks visit the 1-3 Zips at 3:00pm ET on ESPN3. Hoke’s 2003 Ball State Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs Coach, and Tight Ends Coach will gather on the same field.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach in the FCS division. The 2-2 Golden Eagles visit Murray State in a 6:00pm contest.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach in the FCS division. At 2-2, Bethune-Cookman visits Hampton in a 6:00pm ET game.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The 3-1 Badgers head to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Prime time – 8:00pm ET on ABC.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The 2-2 Aztecs head to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs in a 10:00pm ET game. Writer Stefanie Loh discusses the defensive struggles of the Aztecs.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach in the FCS division. The 0-4 Wildcats visit UC Davis in a 10:00pm ET kickoff.

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Wolverine Coaching Connection College Football Review Week 4

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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. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here’s how their teams are doing this season. 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 #3 ranked Tigers defeated Auburn 12-10 and are 4-0 on the year. Defensively, LSU is tied for 2nd in the country in interceptions; 3rd in rushing defense; 4th in total defense; and 8th in scoring defense, passing defense, and tackles for loss. Offensively the Tigers are 16th in rushing offense and 20th in scoring offense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. Louisville is off to a 4-0 start and is ranked 17th in the country after defeating FIU 28-21. Bedford has the rush defense at 16th in the country, allowing 92 yards per game.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers are 3-1 after defeating Southern Mississippi 42-17. Sheridan’s quarterbacks are 46th in the country in pass efficiency and have helped lead WKU to be tied for 14th nationally in 3rd down conversions.

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 2-2 Saints had a bye this past weekend.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The 2-2 Hawkeyes were upset by CMU, losing on a last-second field goal 32-31. With Campbell’s wide receivers, Iowa is 91st in the country in passing offense, averaging 202 yards per game through the air.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple is 1-2 after falling to Penn State 24-13. Heater’s defense has helped the Owls to a turnover margin of 1.3 per game, good for 16th in the country. Temple is 31st in sacks with 2.7 per game.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): 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 are 1-3 after earning their first win of the season, defeating Seton Hill, yes Hill, 41-17.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Wildcats fell to 1-3, losing to Ashland 42-13. NMU is 98th in Division II in passing, with Knight’s receivers pulling in 195 yards per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs are 1-3 after losing to Appalachian State – yes, the Mountaineers – 34-17. Braithwaite has helped guide the defense to 19th overall in FCS in total defense, allowing 305 yards per game.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers lost to LSU 12-10 and are now 1-3 on the season. Loeffler’s offense is 73rd in rushing offense in the country, and 113th in total offense.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves fell to 1-3 after being thrashed by Arkansas State 56-0. Defensively, Alcorn State is 40th in FCS in pass defense, allowing 178 yards per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. Syracuse lost to Minnesota 17-10 and is 1-3 on the season. Morrison’s linebackers have helped Shafer’s defense to be 26th in the nation in pass defense and tied for 31st in tackles for loss. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 146 yards per game, which is 82nd nationally.

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. EMU is 0-4 on the year after a 23-7 loss to Michigan State. With Hart coaching the running backs and Anderson the offensive line, the Eagles running game is 90th in the country at 126 yards per game. Defensively, Eastern is 33rd in the nation in pass defense, allowing 192 yards 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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats were thrashed by Oregon 49-0 and are 3-1 on the season. Despite being shut out against the Ducks, Arizona is still 11th in the country in passing offense and 12th in total offense.

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

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 had a bye this past weekend. They’ve only played 2 games, and are 2-0.

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 2-1 Hoosiers had a bye week.

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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Wolverine Coaching Connection Week 4 College Football

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connection. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players, former Michigan assistant coaches, and former Coach Hoke assistant coaches (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

All games listed are on Saturday.

Michigan Coaching Connection against Michigan Coaching Connection

Auburn plays host to LSU at 7:00pm ET on ESPN. Former Michigan quarterback and Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07) is in his first season as Offensive Coordinator for Auburn. Leading the way for LSU’s Tigers is former Michigan offensive lineman and Offensive Line Coach, Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94). Loeffler and Miles did cross paths on Teams 114 and 115 – Miles was Offensive Line Coach while Loeffler was quarterback in 1993 and 1994.

Former Michigan Players and Coaches

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes, 2-1, face Central Michigan in a noon ET game on the Big Ten Network.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): 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 0-3 Bobcats host Seton Hill, yes that is “Hill”, at noon ET.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The 1-2 Wildcats host Ashland in a 2:00pm ET homecoming game.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. George Mason, 0-1, travels to VCU for a 2:00pm ET game.

Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-3 Eagles visit East Lansing to take on Michigan State, which is reeling from the 20-3 loss to Notre Dame last weekend. Doubt that Hart, who coined the phrase “Little Brother”, and Coach Mark Dantonio will reminisce about old times. Anderson’s final season with the maize and blue was with Team 122 in 2001 (remember clock-gate and Spartan Bob?). Watch it unfold at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The 1-1 Owls travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State in a 3:30pm game. It will be on ABC/ESPN2. Read Penn State blog Black Shoes Diary for its conversation with Mike Gibson of Temple Football Forever for some excellent comments on Heater.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. Though Braithwaite wasn’t with the Wolverines in 2007, he now gets a crack at Appalachian State. The 1-2 Mocs host the Mountaineers for homecoming at 6:00pm ET. Though not on TV, live video is available here.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Fresh off a 32-31 overtime victory against instate rival Kentucky, the 2-1 Hilltoppers host Southern Mississippi at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The 3-0 Cardinals visit Florida International in a 7:00pm ET matchup on ESPN3.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 1-2, travel to take on Arkansas State in a 7:00pm ET game on ESPN3.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The trio head back to Big Ten country to take on the Golden Gophers in Minnesota at 8:00pm ET on the Big Ten Network 2Go.

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 3-0 Wildcats are scoring seemingly at will. They visit Oregon in what could be a track meet at 10:30pm ET on ESPN. Should be a good one.

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 2-2 Saints have a bye week.

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 2-1 Hoosiers have a bye this week after suffering a tough loss to Ball State last week.

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 2-0 Bearcats have a bye week.

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

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

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 1-2 Redhawks will be studying game film of the Michigan-UMass game, as Miami hosts the Minutemen at noon ET on ESPN3.

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The disappointing Badgers, 2-1, host UTEP at noon ET on ESPN2.

John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach. Bethune-Cookman, 2-1, is home to face Tennessee State at 4pm ET.

Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach. At 2-1 on the season, Tennessee Tech travels to play Southeast Missouri State at 6pm.

Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. The 1-2 Zips travel to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers at 7:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The Aztecs, 2-1, host San Jose State at 8:00pm ET.

Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach. The 0-3 Wildcats host Eastern Washington at 9pm ET.

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Wolverine Coaching Connections College Football Review Week 3

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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. Roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs are former Michigan players and former Michigan assistant coaches. For more on Wolverine-related coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Former Michigan players and coaches

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 2-2 Saints defeated Concordia 31-14, and now are ranked as the 42nd best NAIA team in the country. Offensively they are 14th in the country in rushing offense and 21st in scoring offense.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): 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 1-2 Bobcats lost 33-16 to West Liberty.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. The club team opened its season on Saturday, losing to Onondaga 33-0.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Division II Wildcats now stand 1-2 on the season after losing to Ohio Dominican 47-7. Knight’s receivers have helped NMU to 195 yards per game, good for 97th in the country.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers stunned Kentucky 32-31 in overtime and improved to 2-1 on the season. Sheridan has helped lead the WKU offense to 27th in the country in passing efficiency.

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 number two team in the nation is now 3-0 on the season, having defeated Idaho on Saturday night by a score of 63-14. The Tigers are 4th in the nation in rushing defense and total defense; 11th in the nation in scoring defense; and 9th in scoring offense.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers got their first win of the season, defeating ULM 31-28 in overtime. Loeffler’s offense is 104th in the nation in scoring.

Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The Hawkeyes are now 2-1 after defeating Northern Iowa 27-16. The passing offense is 100th in the country averaging 198 yards per game.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. The Orange improved to 1-2 after defeating Stony Brook 28-17. Wheatley’s running backs are averaging 154 yards per game, good for 69th in the country. Defensively, Syracuse is 18th in the country in both passing defense and tackles-for-loss.

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 are 2-0 after defeating Delaware State 23-7. Manning’s running backs are 15th in the country in rushing yardage. Stripling’s defensive line has Cincinnati tied for 6th in the country with 4 sacks per game, and has helped the Bearcats to be 6th in the country in scoring defense allowing 8.5 points per game.

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. EMU 0-3 after losing at Purdue 54-16. With Hart coaching the running backs and Anderson the offensive line, the Eagles are 76th in the country in rushing 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 on a last second field goal to Ball State, 41-39, and are now 2-1 on the season. Mallory’s defense is tied for 27th in the country with 2.7 sacks per game; and is 47th in points allowed, giving up 21 points per game. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 212 yards per game, good for 32nd in the country.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. The Mocs are 1-2 after a 35-0 victory on Saturday over Glenville State. Braithwaite has helped the defense to be 12th in FCS in total defense, giving up 272 yards per game. They are also 31st in pass defense, allowing 166 yards per game through the air.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals are 3-0 after defeating North Carolina 39-34. Bedford’s defense is 15th in the country against the run (opponents average 80 yards rushing per game) and 37th in scoring defense, allowing 18 points 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 – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats are 3-0 after Saturday’s 56-0 drubbing of South Carolina State. Arizona is 4th in the nation in total offense with 605 yards per game; 7th in passing offense at 358 yards per game; and 12th in scoring offense, putting up 46 points per game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 1-2 after losing Saturday to Arkansas-Pine Bluff 24-6.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. The 1-1 Owls had a bye week. Heater’s defense is tied for 6th in the country in sacks, averaging 4 per game. They are 22nd in the country in passing defense, giving up 172 yards per game through the air.

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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