Wolverine Coaching Connection Weekend College Football Games

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan 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 more on Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:

Thursday Night College Football

The 0-1 Northern Michigan Wildcats and Wide Receivers Coach Marcus Knight have their home opener Thursday at 7:00pm ET against the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Knight was a wide receiver for Michigan from 1996-99. Also at 7:00pm ET, former Brady Hoke Secondary Coach at Ball State, Sidney Powell, and Tennessee Tech (1-0) host North Carolina Greenville. Powell is the Secondary Coach for the Golden Eagles, who may be looking ahead to next week’s matchup at Oregon.

Roy Manning, University of Michigan linebacker from 2000-04, is now Running Backs Coach for the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats open their season Thursday night at 8:00pm ET on ESPN. Also coaching for Cincinnati is Steve Stripling, Michigan Defensive Line Coach from 2005-07, who now has the same position with the Bearcats.

Saturday College Football

Anthony Thomas, the A-Train himself, currently Special Teams Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan (0-1). The Bobcats’ home opener against Bentley at noon ET. West Virginia Wesleyan offers a preview of the game here.

Chuck Heater, Michigan running back from 1971-74, is now the Defensive Coordinator for the Temple Owls (1-0). Temple hosts Maryland in a noon ET game on ESPNU.

Auburn (0-1) visits Mississippi State in an SEC matchup. Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator is former Michigan quarterback and Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler. The game will be televised on ESPN at noon ET.

Jim Lyall, defensive lineman at Michigan in the early 1970′s, is currently Head Coach at Siena Heights University (1-1) in Adrian, Michigan. His Saints will host Marian (Ind.) at 1:00pm ET. Having played double-overtime and triple-overtime in their first two games, Siena Heights looks to improve to 2-1 on the season. They also have former Wolverine Rob Thornbladh as Outside Linebackers Coach.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles (0-1), with former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English as Head Coach, former Michigan running back Mike Hart as Running Backs Coach, and former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Anderson as Offensive Line Coach, host Illinois State. The game is at 1:00pm ET on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

At 1:00pm ET on the ESPN3, the Miami University Redhawks (0-1) will open their home season against Southern Illinois. Don Treadwell was Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003 and is now Miami’s Head Coach. Ed Stults is Offensive Line Coach for the Redhawks. He succeeded Treadwell as Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator in 2004 and 2005 and held a variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003 – 2008 at Ball State.

At 3:00pm ET, Weber State (0-1) visits Salt Lake City to take on BYU. Former Hoke Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State Eric Lewis is in his first season as Cornerbacks Coach at Weber State. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv.

Watching tape of his alma mater this week is Nick Sheridan, Quarterbacks Coach at Western Kentucky (1-0). The Hilltoppers visit Tuscaloosa to play Alabama. The game is on ESPN3 at 3:30pm ET.

The Indiana Hoosiers (1-0) will travel to Massachusetts to take on the Minutemen in a game on ESPN3 at 3:30pm. While this game may not register high on the national radar, Michigan does play UMass next week. On the coaching staff of the Hoosiers is co-Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory. Doug’s brother, Curt, is the Secondary Coach at Michigan. Curt may be calling his older brother a little more often than usual after the Indiana-UMass game to get a scouting report on the UMass offense. Also on Indiana’s staff is Offensive Line Coach Greg Frey, who faced UMass in 2010 when he was Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach. That was a game the Wolverines narrowly won, 42-37. Incidentally, while Frey was Offensive Line Coach at Michigan, a running back for the Wolverines was Michael Cox. Cox is now playing for UMass.

Former Wolverines Tyrone Wheatley and Steve Morrison are now coaching for Syracuse. Also on the Orange staff as Defensive Coordinator is former Wolverine Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer. Syracuse hosts the #2 team in the land, the University of Southern California Trojans, at 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

At 3:30pm ET the Hawkeyes (0-1) and current Iowa Wide Receivers Coach (and former Michigan wide receiver and Wide Receivers Coach) Erik Campbell face their in-state rival, the Cyclones of Iowa State. The game will be televised on the Big 10 Network.

The Louisville Cardinals (1-0) take on the Missouri State in a 3:30pm ET game on ESPN3. Vance Bedford, Michigan Defensive Backs Coach from 1995-98, and again in 2007, is now Defensive Coordinator for Louisville.

Eddie Faulkner, Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State (2005-08) is now Tight Ends Coach for the Wisconsin (1-0). The Badgers travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State at 4:00pm ET on FX Network.

Bethune-Cookman (1-0) travels to Orangeburg to play South Carolina State University at 6:00pm ET. Offensive Line Coach for Bethune-Cookman is John Powers, who coached for Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08.

Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State, Trent Boykin, now holds the same position for Akron (0-1), and the Zips travel to Florida to play FIU 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

At 7:00pm ET, former Wolverine Safeties Coach (2010) Adam Braithwaite and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs (0-1) head to Florida to take on Jacksonville State. Braithwaite is now the Safeties Coach for the Mocs.

Former Michigan Linebackers Coach (2008-09) Jay Hopson is now Head Coach for Alcorn State (1-0). The Braves visit James Madison in a 7:00pm ET game.

The Number Three team in the country, LSU (1-0), and former Wolverine player and Offensive Line Coach Les Miles will host Washington on ESPN at 7:00pm ET.

At 7:30pm ET, the San Diego State Aztecs (0-1) will open their home season when they play Army. Former Hoke assistant coaches Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel remain with San Diego State. The game will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

In what could be a wide-open affair, the Arizona Wildcats (1-0) contingent – Rich Rodriguez, Calvin McGee, Tony Dews, Tony Gibson, and Rod Smith – host Oklahoma State at 10:30pm ET on the Pac-12 Network. Oklahoma State scored 80 points in their season opener, and Arizona is in the Top 7 in the nation in yardage on the young season.

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Alabama and LSU Both Score 41

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Coaches who are Former Michigan Football Players AND Coaches

Erik Campbell, current Iowa Wide Receivers Coach (and former Michigan wide receiver and Wide Receivers Coach) and the Hawkeyes defeated Northern Illinois 18-17 on a late touchdown in a game at Soldier Field. Preseason Number Three team in the country LSU and former Wolverine player and Offensive Line Coach Les Miles defeated North Texas State 41-14 – anyone recognize that score?

Former Michigan quarterback and Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler is now Auburn’s Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers lost to #14 Clemson, 26-19. Former Wolverine player and current Michigan Secondary Coach Curt Mallory and the maize and blue… never mind.

Coaches who are Former Michigan Football Players

Curt’s brother Doug Mallory and the Indiana Hoosiers defeated Indiana State 24-17. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and former Michigan Offensive Line Coach Greg Frey holds the same position with Indiana.

Former Wolverine quarterback Nick Sheridan made his debut Saturday as Quarterbacks Coach for Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers beat Austin Peay, 49-10. Chuck Heater, Michigan running back from 1971-74, is now the Defensive Coordinator for the Temple Owls. Temple beat Villanova in the season opener for both teams, 41-10.

Jim Lyall, defensive lineman at Michigan in the early 1970’s, is currently Head Coach at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. His Saints lost a close one at Iowa Wesleyan, 36-34. The Saints are now 1-1 on the young season, and also have former Wolverine Rob Thornbladh as Outside Linebackers Coach.

Marcus Knight, former Wolverine wide receiver and National Champion, is now Wide Receivers Coach at Northern Michigan University. The Wildcats lost to Findlay, 45-10.

Anthony Thomas, the A-Train, is currently Special Teams Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan. The Bobcats lost to Millersville, 41-17. Enough with that score already!

Eastern Michigan, with former Michigan running back Mike Hart as Running Backs Coach, and former Michigan offensive lineman Kurt Anderson as Offensive Line Coach, lost to Ball State 37-26. Of course, former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English is Head Coach for EMU.

Former Wolverines Tyrone Wheatley and Steve Morrison are now coaching for Syracuse. The Orange lost a tough one to Northwestern, 42-41. Also on the Orange staff as Defensive Coordinator is former Wolverine Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer.

Coaches who are Former Michigan Football Assistant Coaches

The Louisville Cardinals beat Kentucky, 32-14. Vance Bedford, Michigan Defensive Backs Coach from 1995-98, and again in 2007, is now Defensive Coordinator for Louisville.

Former Michigan Linebackers Coach (2008-09) Jay Hopson made his debut as Head Coach for Alcorn State an exciting one, leading the Braves to a 22-21 victory over Grambling State in a SWAC matchup.

The Arizona Wildcats contingent of former Michigan assistant coaches – Calvin McGee, Tony Dews, Tony Gibson, and Rod Smith – got their revenge on Toledo, beating the Rockets in overtime 24-17.

Former Wolverine Safeties Coach (2010) Adam Braithwaite and the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs lost to South Florida, 34-13. Braithwaite is now the Safeties Coach for the Mocs.

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Tennessee Tech and Secondary Coach, Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State), defeated Hampton, 41-31.

Bethune-Cookman defeated Alabama State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl, 38-28. Offensive Line Coach for Bethune-Cookman is John Powers, who coached for Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08.

Eddie Faulkner, Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State (2005-08) is now Tight Ends Coach for Wisconsin. The Badgers eked out a 26-21 victory over Northern Iowa.

Former Hoke Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State Eric Lewis is in his first season as Cornerbacks Coach at Weber State. They lost to Fresno State, 37-10.

Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach for two seasons at Ball State, Trent Boykin, now holds the same position for Akron. The Zips lost to Central Florida, 56-14.

The Miami University Redhawks lost to Buckeyes, 56-10. Don Treadwell was Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003 and is now Miami’s Head Coach. Ed Stults is Offensive Line Coach for the Redhawks. He succeeded Treadwell as Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator in 2004 and 2005 and held a variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003 – 2008 at Ball State.

Former Hoke assistant coaches Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel remain with San Diego State. The Aztecs were defeated by Washington, 21-12.

Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football action from the weekend, from the perspective of the University of Michigan football 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.

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2012 Season Preview Intriguing Games, Part One

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

Don Treadwell was Brady Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003. Treadwell is now the Head Coach of the Miami University Redhawks. Ed Stults, who succeeded Treadwell as Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator in 2004 and 2005 (and held a variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003 – 2008 at Ball State) has joined Treadwell on the Redhawks staff. Miami travels to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes in the snakepit on September 1 and will get the first look at Urban Meyer’s new team. Wonder if any phone calls will be made from Miami to Ann Arbor after that game?

Among those studying game film of the Michigan-Alabama showdown on Sept 1 will be none other than former Wolverine quarterback Nick Sheridan. Sheridan is now the Quarterbacks Coach at Western Kentucky, and the Hilltoppers will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Crimson Tide on Sept 8. Also on September 8, the Indiana Hoosiers will travel to Massachusetts to take on the Minutemen. While this game may not register high on the national radar, Michigan does play UMass the following week. On the coaching staff of the Hoosiers is co-Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory. Doug’s brother, Curt, is the Secondary Coach at Michigan. Curt may be calling his older brother a little more often than usual after the Indiana-UMass game to get a scouting report on the UMass offense. Also on Indiana’s staff is Offensive Line Coach Greg Frey, who faced UMass in 2010 when he was Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach. That was a game the Wolverines narrowly won, 42-37. Incidentally, while Frey was Offensive Line Coach at Michigan, a running back for the Wolverines was Michael Cox. Cox is now playing for UMass.

For Michigan fans, there may be no more intriguing game this season than the September 22 Eastern Michigan at Michigan State matchup. Mike Hart, former Michigan running back who coined the phrase “Little Brother”, visits East Lansing with the Eagles. Doubt that he and Coach Mark Dantonio will reminisce about old times. Of course leading the Eagles is Head Coach Ron English, former Michigan Defensive Coordinator. The third coach on EMU’s staff with Michigan ties is former Wolverine offensive lineman Kurt Anderson, whose final season was with Team 122 in 2001 (remember clock-gate and Spartan Bob?). Anderson is now the Offensive Line Coach with Eastern Michigan. Those three coaches who have Michigan as part of their background, as well as all Eastern Michigan players, coaches, and fans, would no doubt like to surprise a few folks when the Eagles visit East Lansing.

An SEC clash on September 22 will generate a fair amount of national attention, as Auburn plays host to LSU. Former Michigan quarterback and Quarterbacks Coach Scot Loeffler 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. Loeffler and Miles did cross paths on Teams 114 and 115 – Miles was Offensive Line Coach while Loeffler was quarterback in 1993 and 1994.

Studying game film of the Michigan-UMass game will be the Miami Redhawks, who face UMass on September 22, the week after Michigan takes on the Minutemen. As mentioned above, the Redhawks are coached by Brady Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator, Don Treadwell. Also on Treadwell’s staff is Ed Stults, who was on Hoke’s staff the entire time Hoke was at Ball State.

On September 29, Miami will take on Akron in a Mid American Conference clash. On Akron’s staff is Trent Boykin, in his first season as Running Backs Coach for the Zips. Boykin was Running Backs Coach on Hoke’s Ball State staff in 2003 and 2004, coaching with Treadwell in 2003 and with Stults in both 2003 and 2004. With Michigan having a bye week on September 29, maybe Coach Hoke will head to Akron to watch the Zips and Redhawks.

The Miami Redhawks show up on the Fergodsakes radar again the following week, traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats October 6. On Cincinnati’s staff is former Michigan linebacker Roy Manning. Manning the player and Hoke the Defensive Line Coach were at Michigan together on Teams 121, 122, and 123 in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Manning redshirted in 2000, and wrapped up his career in 2004 on Team 125. Manning, now the Running Backs coach at Cincinnati, and the Bearcats will go up against former Hoke coaches Treadwell and Stults. Former Michigan Defensive Line Coach Steve Stripling (2005 – 2007) now holds the same position with Cincinnati.

Moving ahead to October 26, Cincinnati travels into Kentucky to take on Louisville in a Friday night affair. Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator is former Michigan Defensive Backs Coach Vance Bedford. As we just mentioned, Cincinnati’s Defensive Line Coach is Steve Stripling. Bedford and Stripling were together on Lloyd Carr’s last staff at Michigan in 2007, Team 128.

Part Two of the Season Preview will be published Wednesday. It will cover intriguing college games in the month November, including a pair of former Wolverine defensive backs who played together now facing each other on opposite sidelines.

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