Fergodsakes.com is taking a look at the 2012 football season’s intriguing games in college and the NFL – intriguing because of who is coaching on the sidelines. Former Michigan players, former Michigan assistant coaches, and former Coach Hoke assistant coaches, face off against each other throughout the season. This is Part Two, covering college games in November. Part One covered college games through the end of October. Part Three, NFL games, will be published next week.
On November 3, Erik “Soup” Campbell, Wide Receivers Coach for Iowa, and the Hawkeyes will travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers. On the Hoosiers staff is Doug Mallory, a Wolverine teammate of Campbell’s for four years in the mid-1980’s. They won a Big 10 title together, and played in the Rose Bowl together. In this matchup, Campbell’s wide receivers will be matched up against Mallory’s defense (Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach).
November 3 has a matchup of defenses in Louisville – defenses from the Michigan fan’s perspective. Chuck Heater, who played for the Wolverines from 1971-74, is currently Defensive Coordinator for the Temple Owls. On the opposing sideline is Vance Bedford, Defensive Coordinator for Louisville. Bedford had two stints as Defensive Backs Coach at Michigan (1995-98, and again in 2007). Heater and Bedford share more than Michigan ties – the two were on the defensive staff of the Florida Gators in their 2008 National Championship season. Heater will also say hello to his former Defensive Coordinator at Florida, Charlie Strong, who is now the Head Coach for the Cardinals.
Also on November 3, up the road a little bit from Louisville will be a matchup of running backs. The Orange of Syracuse, with Running Backs Coach Tyrone Wheatley (Michigan running back 1991-94), visit the Bearcats of Cincinnati, with Running Backs Coach Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04). Joining Wheatley on the Syracuse sideline is his former teammate, Orange Linebacker Coach Steve Morrison (Michigan linebacker 1990-94), as well as Syracuse Defensive Coordinator Scott Shafer (Michigan Defensive Coordinator 2008). Joining Manning on the Bearcat sideline is former Michigan Defensive Line Coach Steve Stripling (2005-07) who holds the same position with Cincinnati.
One week later, on November 10, Louisville, Temple, Cincinnati, and Syracuse all swap opponents. Heater and the Temple Owls will host Cincinnati with Manning and Stripling, while Bedford and Louisville will head to Syracuse to take on Wheatley, Morrison, Shafer, and the Orange.
Eddie Faulkner, former Hoke Running Backs Coach at Ball State, is now Tight Ends Coach with Wisconsin. On November 10 the Badgers host Indiana, with co-Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory (Captain of Michigan’s 1987 squad, Team 108) and Offensive Line Coach Greg Frey (Michigan Offensive Line Coach under Rich Rodriguez).
On November 17 Erik Campbell will make a return trip to Ann Arbor. The former long time Michigan Wide Receivers Coach, and former Michigan player (1984-87) is now Iowa’s Wide Receivers Coach. He will have a chance to say hello to Brady Hoke, Greg Mattison, and Fred Jackson, among others. Campbell was on the 1997 National Championship staff with Hoke and Jackson, and coached alongside Mattison for the Wolverines in 1995 and 1996.
The day after Thanksgiving, November 23, has Chuck Heater and the Temple Owls hosting Syracuse, with Tyrone Wheatley, Steve Morrison, and Scott Shafer on the coaching staff. Also on this date, former Hoke assistants at Ball State, Don Treadwell (Head Coach) and Ed Stults (Offensive Line) of the Miami Redhawks, will face their former school, the Ball State Cardinals.
Part Three of the Season Preview will be published next week. It will cover intriguing NFL games from a coaching and Michigan perspective.