Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2015 Week One Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines coaching connection. Former Michigan players and coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here).

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Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches Facing Each Other

Texas at Notre Dame, Saturday, 7:30pm ET, NBC
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish host Texas and its Defensive Coordinator Vance Bedford, Michigan’s DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007. Bedford was a coach for Elston’s last two years as a player at Michigan in 1995 and 1996. In 1995 Michigan finished 9-4, defeating Virginia in the dramatic Pigskin Classic opener, beating OSU in the Biakabatuka game, and ultimately losing to Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. A redshirt freshman by the name of Tom Brady was on that team, as was freshman defensive back stud Charles Woodson. The 1996 squad finished 8-4, beating the Buckeyes in Columbus 13-9 before falling to Alabama in the Outback Bowl, 17-14.

Purdue at Marshall, Sunday, 3:00pm ET, Fox Sports 1
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd face off against Purdue on Sunday, 3:00pm ET on Fox Sports 1. In his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach is Terry Malone, Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Thursday Night, September 3

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC visit 16th ranked Georgia Tech, 7:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State. The Grizzlies kick of their season at 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT when they visit Texas A&M Commerce.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines kick off the season at Utah, 8:30pm ET, 6:30pm MT, Fox Sports.

Adam Stenavich (offensive lineman 2001-05), OL Coach; and
Al Borges (Offensive Coordinator 2011-13), Offensive Coordinator; and
Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10), Defensive Coordinator; and
Dan Ferrigno (Tight Ends Coach 2011-14), Special Teams Coordinator
All now with San Jose State University. The Spartans host New Hampshire at 10pm ET, 7pm PT to kick off their season.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10), WR Coach; and
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10), Offensive Coordinator; and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10), QB Coach;
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez. The Wildcats open their season at 10pm ET, 7pm AZ time, hosting Texas San Antonio.

Friday Night, September 4

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos host Michigan State in Kalamazoo. Wonder if Dantonio will talk about Hart’s height again? Kickoff is 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange. Syracuse kicks off its season hosting Rhode Island, 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Saturday, September 5

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats host #21 Stanford, noon ET, 11am CT, on ESPN.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99):
Member of the 1997 National Championship team and a senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats kick off their season at Northwood, 1pm ET.

Derrick Alexander (wide receiver 1989-93):
A senior on Team 114, Alexander is now the Wide Receivers Coach at Wilmington College. The Quakers of Division III open their season by hosting Bluffton, 1:30pm ET.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints, ranked #23 in the land in NAIA, start their fourth season of varsity competition by visiting Lindenwood, 2:00pm ET.

Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State. The Cougars host Portland State, 2pm ET, 11am PT, on the Pac 12 Network.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming. The Cowboys kick off their season hosting North Dakota State, 4pm ET, 2pm MT.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana. The Hoosiers host Southern Illinois, 4pm ET on ESPNEWS.

Mike DeBord (Tight Ends Coach 1992-94; OL Coach 1995-96; Offensive Coordinator 1997-99 and 2006-07; Special Teams Coordinator 2004-05):
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07):
DeBord is in his first season as Offensive Coordinator and Stripling is in his third season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers host Bowling Green, 4:00pm ET on SEC Network.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, ranked #8 in FCS, host Jacksonville State, 6:00pm ET.

Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron. The Zips open their season at #19 Oklahoma, 7:00pm ET.

Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14):
Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The Thunderwolves kick off their season hosting Central Washington at 7:00pm ET, 5:00pm MT.

Mark Smith (Linebackers Coach 2011-13; Defensive Line Coach 2014):
Smith is in his first season as the Defensive Line Coach with Florida Tech. The Panthers kick off their season hosting Newberry at 7:00pm ET.

Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94)
Cam Cameron (WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993)
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The #14 Tigers host McNeese State 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on SEC Network.

Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida. The Gators kick off their season hosting New Mexico State, 7:30pm ET on SEC Network.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); and Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10):
Gibson is now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia, and Tall is the Defensive Line Coach. The Mountaineers host Georgia Southern, 7:30pm ET.

Monday September 7

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech, the Hokies host #1 Ohio State, 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

Season Not Yet Started

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

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Former Wolverines now Coaching in College or NFL

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There are 49 former Wolverine players and coaches who are currently coaching, representing 28 different college football teams in addition to 8 NFL franchises.

Seven appears to be the magic number – among former Wolverines coaching in college or the NFL, there are seven Head Coaches, seven Defensive Coordinators, and seven Offensive Coordinators.

This list will always be kept up to date here.

For more on former M Men now coaching in college or the NFL, check out the Fergodsakes Coaching Trees.

Disclaimer: College programs allow only 10 coaches. Plenty of former M-Men, including Eric Campbell at Michigan, Kevin Koger and Nick Sheridan at Tennessee, are serving in other capacities at various programs. This list is only intended to include those members of the ten-member coaching staffs.

Updated August 29, 2015

Head Coach
1. Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan, I-A
2. Rich Rodriguez, University of Arizona, I-A
3. Les Miles, LSU, I-A
4. Scot Shafer, Syracuse University, I-A
5. Jay Hopson, Alcorn State University, I-AA
6. Jim Lyall, Siena Heights University, NAIA
7. Matt Dyson, George Mason University, Club Team

Special Teams Coordinator
1. Mike Mallory, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL
2. Dan Ferrigno, San Jose State University, I-A

Defense

Defensive Coordinator
1. Teryl Austin, Detroit Lions, NFL
2. Vance Bedford, University of Texas, I-A
3. Tony Gibson, West Virginia University, I-A
4. Mike Hankwitz, Northwestern University, I-A
5. Chuck Heater, Marshall University, I-A
6. Greg Robinson, San Jose State University, I-A
7. Adam Braithwaite, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, I-AA

Defensive Line Coach
1. Mike Trgovac, Green Bay Packers, NFL
2. Mike Elston, University of Notre Dame, I-A
3. Steve Stripling, University of Tennessee, I-A
4. Bruce Tall, West Virginia University, I-A
5. Mark Smith, Florida Tech University, Division II

Linebackers Coach
1. Jim Herrmann, New York Giants, NFL
2. Bill Sheridan, Detroit Lions, NFL
3. Doug Mallory, Atlanta Falcons, NFL (Def Asst/Linebackers)
4. Larry Foote, Arizona Cardinals, NFL
5. Roy Manning, Washington State University, I-A

Secondary/DBs/Safeties Coach
1. Curt Mallory, University of Wyoming, I-A

Offense

Offensive Coordinator
1. Harold Goodwin, Arizona Cardinals, NFL
2. Cam Cameron, LSU, I-A
3. Mike DeBord, University of Tennessee, I-A
4. Scot Loeffler, Virginia Tech University, I-A
5. Calvin McGee, University of Arizona, I-A
6. Doug Nussmeier, University of Florida, I-A
7. Al Borges, San Jose State University, I-A

Offensive Line Coach
1. Andy Moeller, Cleveland Browns, NFL
2. Greg Frey, Indiana University, I-A
3. Darrell Funk, Akron University, I-A
4. Adam Stenavich, San Jose State University, I-A
5. Jon Bills, Adams State University, Division II

Quarterbacks Coach
1. Rod Smith, University of Arizona, I-A
2. Jeff Hecklinski, Colorado State University – Pueblo, Division II

Running Backs Coach
1. Tyrone Wheatley, University of Michigan, I-A
2. Mike Hart, Western Michigan University, I-A

Tight Ends Coach
1. Terry Malone, Purdue University, I-A

Wide Receivers Coach
1. Tony Dews, University of Arizona, I-A
2. Marcus Knight, Northern Michigan University, Division II
3. Derrick Alexander, Wilmington College, Division III

Offensive Quality Control
1. Kurt Anderson, Buffalo Bills, NFL
2. Jerry Montgomery, Green Bay Packers, NFL

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RePost: Jim Harbaugh, George Allen, and Michigan

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This was originally posted in January 2013, just prior to Jim Harbaugh and his San Francisco 49ers taking on brother John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl 47.

As you know, Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan football player to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Furthermore, there is no former Michigan coach who has been Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. But there is an interesting twist which could lead you to win a bar bet or two.

George Allen was Head Coach of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the team which lost to the Miami Dolphins 14-7, capping the Dolphins’ perfect season. Bob Griese, father of Brian, was of course the quarterback for that Dolphins team. (Former Wolverine Tight End Jim Mandich, starter on the 1969 UM team, was Griese’s tight end for Miami).

A member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, George Allen actually spent some time coaching football at Michigan. While earning his Masters Degree from UM, Allen was assistant coach to Cliff Keen for the University of Michigan Lightweights Football team, a squad comprised of players 150 pounds and lighter. According to this article published in 1997 in Michigan Today, there was a lightweights league including UM, OSU, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Michigan had a lightweights team only in 1947 and 1948 before the league disbanded.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame website has a section “colleges” in which the Hall of Famers are listed by college attended. Allen is listed under four different schools – Alma College, Eastern Michigan, Marquette, and the University of Michigan. This press release in 1981 from the office of President Ronald Reagan appointing Allen as Chairman of The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports states that Allen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in 1947 and an M.A. in 1948. Allen did not play football at Michigan.

So it is correct to say that Jim Harbaugh is the first former Michigan player or coach to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team. Harbaugh is not, however, the first Michigan degree holder to be Head Coach of a Super Bowl team – that distinction goes to George Allen. As for the rest of the story, Allen was a coach for a University of Michigan football team… it just wasn’t the team that we’ve followed all these years.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL; 2014 Week 15

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Green Bay, 10-3, at Buffalo, 7-6, 1:00pm ET on FOX
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
Trgovac did not cross paths with Wheatley or Anderson at Michigan.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, 2-11, visit Baltimore at 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 4-9, host Washington at 1:00pm ET on FOX.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland, 7-6, hosts Cincinnati at 1:00pm ET on FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 9-4, host Minnesota at 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 7-6, visit Seattle, 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 5-8, visit Chicago in the Monday night game, 8:30pm ET on NBC.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 11-3, defeated St. Louis 12-6 in the Thursday night game.

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Former Wolverines Coaching in College Postseason

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football bowl games involving a University of Michigan Wolverines coaching connection. For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

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Division I-AA Playoffs

#8 UT Chattanooga at #1 New Hampshire; Friday December 12, 8:00pm ET, ESPN2
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga finished the regular season 9-3 and ranked #8 in FCS. The Mocs defeated Indiana State in the second round of the I-AA playoffs and now face top ranked New Hampshire.

Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Tuesday December 30

Notre Dame (7-5) vs. LSU, 3:00pm ET, ESPN
Music City Bowl; Nashville, TN.
Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94, and
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, ranked #23 in the land.
Cameron was WR and RB Coach during Elston’s freshman year with Michigan. That 1993 team finished 8-4 and ranked #21 by the AP. They defeated Ohio State 28-0 and won their bowl game 42-7 against North Carolina State (Hall of Fame Bowl).

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Saturday December 20

Western Michigan (8-4) vs. Air Force, 5:45pm ET, ESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Boise, Idaho
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The Broncos finished the regular season with an 8-4 record.

Tuesday December 23

Marshall (12-1) vs. Northern Illinois, 6:00pm ET, ESPN
Boca Raton Bowl, Boca Raton, FL
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.The Herd, 12-1, are Conference USA Champions.

Saturday December 27

Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech, 1:00pm ET, ESPN
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman; Annapolis, MD
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Monday December 29

Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, 2:00pm ET, ESPN
Auto Zone Liberty Bowl; Memphis, TN.
Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers finished their season with a 7-5 record.

Oklahoma vs. Clemson, 5:30pm ET, ESPN
Florida Citrus Bowl; Orlando, FL.
Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with #20 Oklahoma.
The Sooners finished the regular season 8-4.

Arkansas vs. Texas, 9:00pm ET, ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl; Houston, TX.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Wednesday December 31

Boise State vs. Arizona, 4:00pm ET, ESPN
Vizio Fiesta Bowl; Glendale, AZ.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach.
The Wildcats enter the bowl game with a 10-3 record, ranked #10 in the nation. Winners of the Pac-12 South, they fell to #2 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

Friday January 2

Iowa vs. Tennessee, 3:20pm ET, ESPN
TaxSlayer Bowl; Jacksonville, FL.
Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Season Completed

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves defeated Southern University 38-24 to win the SWAC Championship Game. Alcorn State finished its season 10-3.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
The Wolverines finished the season 5-7. Head Coach Brady Hoke was fired on Tuesday December 2, and all assistant coaches, including Mallory and Manning, were asked to cease team activity.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints finished the season 6-4, and were co-champs of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition. Lyall was named NAIA Region 2 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. He was also MSFA conference Coach of the Year.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS finished their season with a record of 7-5.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers of the FCS finished with a record of 5-6.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats finished their season with a 5-7 record.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers finished their season with a 4-8 record.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats finished their season 3-8.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse finished its season with a 3-9 record.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans finished their season with a 3-9 record.

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

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Wolverines Coaching at the College Level; 2014 Week 15 Preview

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines coaching connection. Former Michigan players and coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend (all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

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Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Friday Night

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach.
The Wildcats are 10-2, ranked #7 in the nation. Winners of the Pac-12 South, they face #2 Oregon for the Pac-12 Championship Friday night, 9:00pm ET on FOX.

Saturday Games

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.The Herd, 11-1, face Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA Championship Game at noon ET on ESPN2.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga finished the regular season 9-3 and ranked #8 in FCS. The Mocs host Indiana State in the I-AA playoffs, 1:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with #20 Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 8-3 and ranked #20 in the land, host Oklahoma State at 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on FOX Sports 1.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, 9-3, face Southern University in the SWAC Championship, 4:00pm ET on ESPNU.

Awaiting Bowl Game

Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers finished the regular season with an 8-4 record, ranked #24 in the land.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos finished the regular season with an 8-4 record.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish finished their season with a 7-5 record.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers finished their season with a 7-5 record.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

Season Completed

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
The Wolverines finished the season 5-7. Head Coach Brady Hoke was fired on Tuesday December 2, and all assistant coaches, including Mallory and Manning, were asked to cease team activity.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints finished the season 6-4, and were co-champs of the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition. Lyall was named Coach of the Year for the conference.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS finished their season with a record of 7-5.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers of the FCS finished with a record of 5-6.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats finished their season with a 5-7 record.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers finished their season with a 4-8 record.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats finished their season 3-8.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse finished its season with a 3-9 record.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans finished their season with a 3-9 record.

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

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend

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Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverines coaching connection. Former Michigan players and coaches are on the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend (all games on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

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Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Thanksgiving Day

Les Miles, offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94
Cam Cameron, WR Coach 1986-89; WR & QB Coach 1990-1993
Miles, a senior on Team 96, is now Head Coach at LSU, where Cameron is his Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers, 7-4, visit Texas A&M at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on ESPN.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Texas, 6-5, hosts #6 TCU at 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX Sports 1.

Friday Games

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos, 8-3, host Northern Illinois at 11:00am ET on ESPNU. Western Michigan is 6-1 in the MAC West, in a three-way tie for the division lead.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.The Herd, 11-0 and ranked #19, host Western Kentucky at 12:00pm ET on FOX Sports 1.

Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10);
Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and
Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10):
All with the Arizona Wildcats and Rich Rodriguez – Dews as WR Coach; McGee as Offensive Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach.
The Wildcats are 9-2, ranked #12 in the nation, and tied for first place in the Pac-12 South. They host #13 Arizona State in a 3:30pm ET, 1:30pm MT kickoff on FOX. Winner will be at least PAC-12 South co-champ.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 5-6, host Virginia at 8:00pm ET on ESPN.

Saturday Games

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Curt Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Curt is in his fourth season; Manning is in his second season.
The Wolverines, 5-6, visit #7 Ohio State in a noon ET kickoff on ABC.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, 5-6, host Illinois in a noon ET kickoff on ESPNU.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers, 6-5, visit Iowa State, noon ET, 11am CT, on FOX Sports 1.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now OL Coach, Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 3-8, host Purdue at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-8, visits Boston College in a 12:30pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans, 3-8, visit San Diego State in a 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT kick on CBS Sports Network.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Irish, 7-4, visit USC at 3:30pm ET, 12:30pm PT on FOX.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee.
The Volunteers, 5-6, visit Vanderbilt in a 4:00pm ET kickoff on the SEC Network.

Bye Week

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach with #20 Oklahoma.
The Sooners, 8-3 and ranked #23 in the land, have a bye this week.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.
Chattanooga finished the regular season 9-3 and ranked #8 in FCS. The Mocs have a first round bye in the FCS playoffs; they will host the winner of the Eastern Kentucky – Indiana State matchup. Here is the FCS (Divsion I-AA) playoff bracket.

Season Completed

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The Saints finished the season 6-4, and were co-champs of the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League in this their third season of varsity competition. Lyall was named Coach of the Year for the conference.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves finished their season 9-3, winners of the SWAC East conference.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS finished their season with a record of 7-5.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers of the FCS finished with a record of 5-6.

Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. A Division II squad, the Wildcats finished their season 3-8.

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

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014 Week 13

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Thanksgiving Day

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 7-4, host Chicago at 12:30pm ET on FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 7-4, host Seattle, 8:30pm ET on FOX.

Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Cleveland, 7-4, at Buffalo, 6-5, 1:00pm ET on CBS, Sunday
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
Moeller was Anderson’s position coach at Michigan during Anderson’s last two seasons playing for the Wolverines.

New York Giants, 3-8, at Jacksonville, 1-10, 1:00pm ET on FOX, Sunday
Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
Herrmann and Mallory were linebackers and teammates on the 1981 and 1982 squads. The 1982 team won the Big Ten Championship, falling to UCLA in the Rose Bowl 24-14.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Sunday

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 4-7, visit Pittsburgh, 1:00pm ET on FOX.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 9-2, visit Atlanta, 4:05pm ET on FOX.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 8-3, host New England, 4:25pm ET on CBS.

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Beating Your Rival

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Brady Hoke will be Michigan’s ninth head football coach to face Ohio State for a fourth time. How have the other eight Michigan coaches fared in their first four games against the Buckeyes?

First 4 v OSU
Ties are counted as 0.5 wins.

To paraphrase Herm Edwards, as Michigan Head Coach you are paid to win The Game.

Most National Championship coaches in the BCS era won at least three of the first four against their main rival.
Nat Champ first 4 v rival
Ties are counted as 0.5 wins.

For Michigan’s next head coach, winning at least three of his first four games against Ohio State will, from a historical perspective, be important for Big Ten and National Championship aspirations.

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Wolverines Coaching in the NFL; 2014 Week 12

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. On the coaching staffs of various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Their schedules this weekend are below.

For Fergodsakes.com’s Michigan Coaching Trees, click here.

Games listed in chronological order within category. All games on Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
The Packers, 7-3, visit Minnesota 1pm ET on FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002): Now Defensive Coordinator, Detroit Lions; and
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): now Linebackers Coach, Detroit Lions.
The Lions, 7-3, visit New England, 1pm ET on FOX.

Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07): now Offensive Line Coach, Cleveland Browns.
The Browns, 6-4, visit Atlanta in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85): Senior with Team 106. Now Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville.
The Jaguars, 1-9, visit Indianapolis in a 1:00pm ET kickoff on CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals, 9-1, visit Seattle, 4:05pm ET on FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers, 6-4, host Washington, 4:25pm ET on FOX.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005): now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants.
The Giants, 3-7, host Dallas, 8:30pm ET on NBC.

Monday Night

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94): Senior with Team 115. Now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills; and Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001): Senior with Team 122. Now Offensive Quality Control Coach, Buffalo Bills.
The Bills, 5-5, will square off against the New York Jets at Ford Field in Detroit. 7pm ET on CBS.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005): now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans.
The Saints, 4-6, host Baltimore in the Monday Night game, 8:30pm ET on ESPN.

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