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.