Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2015 Week 5 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 M Men Coaching Against Each Other

Colorado State University-Pueblo (3-1) at Adams State (1-3), 3:00pm ET, 1:00pm MT
Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14): Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
Roy Roundtree, Michigan wide receiver 2008-12, is Wide Receivers Coach for the ThunderWolves, though he is not listed on their official coaching roster. Roundtree and Bills will get a chance to catch up and say hello.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines, 3-1 and #22 in the land, visit Maryland at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Malone is in his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach. Purdue, 1-3, visits 2nd ranked and undefeated Michigan State, noon ET on ESPN2.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The 4-0 Wildcats, ranked #16 in the nation, host Minnesota at noon ET, 11:00am CT on the Big Ten 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 3-0 Mountaineers #23 in the nation, visit #15 Oklahoma, noon ET on on Fox Sports 1.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 1-3, visit 4th ranked TCU at noon ET, 11:00am CT on ABC.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
The Hokies, 2-2, host Pittsburgh at noon ET on ESPN3.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94):
A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.
The Patriots, 0-1, visit Williamson Tech at 1:00pm 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, 1-2, host the Marietta Pioneers in a homecoming game, 2:00pm ET.

Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 2-2 Zips host the Bobcats of Ohio, 2:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 4-0, host undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State, 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The 0-4 Cowboys visit, gulp, Appalachian State, 3:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 2-2, host Old Dominion at 3:30pm ET.

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 2-2 Wildcats host Saginaw Valley at 4:00pm ET.

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, 2-2, visit Auburn at 4:00pm ET on SEC Network.

Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State. The Huskies, 2-1, visit #24 California at 4:00pm ET, 1:00pm PT on PAC12 Network.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC, 3-1, visit Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5:00pm ET, 4:00pm CT.

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 1-3 Panthers visit Delta State at 7:00pm ET, 6:00pm CT.

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, 3-0 and ranked #9 in the nation, host Eastern Michigan, 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

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, 2-2, host Arkansas at 7:00pm ET on ESPN2.

Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
The Gators are 4-0 and ranked #25. They host 3rd ranked Ole Miss at 7:00pm ET on ESPN.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The 4-0 Irish, ranked 6th in the land, visit 12th ranked Clemson, 8:00pm ET on ABC.

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, 3-1, visit #18 Stanford at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on PAC12 Network.

Bye Week

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The 2-2 Saints have a bye this week.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator.
The Mocs, 3-1 and ranked #8 in FCS, have a bye this week.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The 1-3 Broncos have a bye this week.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-1, has a bye this week.

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2015 Week 4 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 M Men Coaching Against Each Other

#8 LSU (2-0) at Syracuse (3-0), noon ET, ESPN
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.
Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Shafer never crossed paths with Miles or Cameron in Ann Arbor.

Tennessee (2-1) at Florida (3-0); 3:30pm ET on CBS
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.
Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
DeBord and Nussmeier were both at Michigan last season; DeBord in the athletic department, and Nussmeier as Offensive Coordinator. It was a year ago this weekend that Nussmeier’s quarterback, Shane Morris, was concussed, and the Monday from Hell played out with DeBord in a minor role.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94):
A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team. The Patriots kick off their season against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 11:00am ET in Baltimore, part of the National Club Football Association Fall Kickoff.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines, 2-1, host BYU, noon ET on ABC.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Malone is in his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach. Purdue, 1-2, hosts Bowling Green at noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana. The Hoosiers, 3-0, visit Wake Forest 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The 2-1 Saints visit 5th ranked St. Xavier (IL), 2:00pm ET, 1:00pm CT.

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, 1-1, visit Otterbein at 2:00pm ET.

Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14):
Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The Thunderwolves, 2-1, host Western New Mexico at 2:00pm ET, noon MT.

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 2-0 Mountaineers host Maryland at 3:00pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming. The 0-3 Cowboys hos New Mexico 3:00pm ET, 1:00pm MT.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC, 2-1, host Concordia, 3:00pm ET, 2:00pm CT.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 2-1, visit East Carolina in a 3:30pm ET matchup on ABC/ESPN2.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The 3-0 Irish, ranked 6th in the land, host Massachusetts at 3:30pm ET on NBC.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 2-1, visit Kent State at 3:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The 1-2 Broncos visit undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State, 3:30pm ET on ABC/ESPN2.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 1-2, host #24 Oklahoma State at 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on ESPN.

Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 1-2 Zips visit Louisiana Lafayette at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, 2-1 and ranked #10 in FCS, visit Presbyterian College at 7:00pm ET.

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 2-1 Wildcats visit Michigan Tech at 7:00pm ET.

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 1-2 Panthers visit North Alabama at 7:00pm ET.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The 3-0 Wildcats, ranked #17 in the nation, host Ball State at 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT on the Big Ten Network.

Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The 0-3 Grizzlies host Western State Colorado University at 8:00pm ET, 6:00pm MT.

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 16th ranked Wildcats, 3-0, host #9 UCLA at 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT on ABC.

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, 1-2, host Fresno State at 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on CBS Sports Network.

Bye Week

Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State. The Huskies, 2-1, have a bye this week.

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2015 Week 3 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 M Men Coaching Against Each Other

Virginia Tech (1-1) at Purdue (1-1); 3:30pm ET on ESPNU
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Malone is in his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
From 2002-2005, Loeffler was Quarterback Coach with Malone as his boss in the Offensive Coordinator position for Michigan. During their time together Michigan was 36-14 with one Big Ten Championship. The Wolverines were 1-3 against the Buckeyes and 1-3 in their bowl games.

Wyoming (0-2) at Washington State (1-1); 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT on Pac 12 Network
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State.
Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The two men who coached Michigan’s defensive backs last season meet up again in Pullman as the Cougars host the Cowboys.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines, 1-1, host UNLV, noon ET on Big Ten Network.

Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 0-2 Zips host Savannah State at noon ET on ESPN3.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The 2-0 Wildcats, ranked #23 in the nation, visit Duke at 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange. Syracuse, 2-0, hosts Central Michigan at 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, 1-1 and ranked #12 in FCS, visit Samford at 3:30pm ET.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The 2-0 Irish, ranked 8th in the land, host #14 Georgia Tech at 3:30pm ET on NBC.

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 #13 Tigers, 1-0, host #18 Auburn at 3:30pm ET, 2:30pm CT on CBS.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 1-1, host Norfolk State at 3:30pm ET.

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 1-1 Wildcats host Hillsdale in a homecoming game at 4:00pm ET.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana. The Hoosiers, 2-0, host Western Kentucky at 4:00pm ET on ESPNEWS.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC, 1-1, host Mississippi Valley State, 5:00pm ET.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The 2-0 Saints, ranked #20 in NAIA, host Concordia at 7:00pm ET.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The 0-2 Broncos host Murray State at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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, 1-1, host Western Carolina at 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.

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 0-2 Panthers host Warner at 7:00pm 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, 1-0 to start the season, host Capital at 7:00pm ET.

Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
The 2-0 Gators visit Kentucky at 7:30pm ET on the SEC Network.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 1-1, host California, 7:30pm ET, 6:30pm CT on FOX.

Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14):
Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The Thunderwolves, 1-1, host Western State at 8:00pm ET, 6:00pm MT.

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, 1-1, visit Oregon State at 8:00pm ET, 5:00pm PT on PAC 12 Network.

Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The 0-2 Grizzlies visit Colorado Mesa University at 9pm ET, 7pm MT.

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 20th ranked Wildcats, 2-0, host Northern Arizona at 11:00pm ET, 8:00pm PT on PAC 12 Network.

Bye Week

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 2-0 Mountaineers have a bye this week.

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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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2015 Week Two 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

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines, 0-1, host Oregon State, noon ET on ABC.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The 1-0 Saints, ranked #23 in NAIA, host Missouri Baptist at noon ET.

Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
Malone is in his first season as Boilers’ Tight End Coach.
Purdue hosts Indiana State at noon ET on ESPNEWS.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange. Syracuse, 1-0, hosts Wake Forest at 12:30pm ET on ESPN3.

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 #12 in FCS, host Mars Hill at 1:00pm ET.

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 1-0 Mountaineers host Liberty at 3:00pm ET.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech, the Hokies host Furman at 3:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The 1-0 Irish, ranked 9th in the land, visit the Cavaliers of Virginia, 3:30pm ET on ABC.

Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State.
The Cougars, 0-1, visit Rutgers, 3:30pm ET on ESPN2.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The 0-1 Cowboys host Eastern Michigan at 4pm ET, 2pm MT.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The 1-0 Wildcats host Eastern Illinois at 4:00pm ET, 3:00pm CT on ESPNEWS.

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 0-1 Wildcats host Quincy at 4:00pm ET.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The 0-1 Broncos visit Georgia Southern at 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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, 1-0 and ranked #23 in the country, host #19 Oklahoma at 6:00pm ET on ESPN.

Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 0-1 Zips host Pittsburgh at 6:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14):
Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The Thunderwolves, 1-0, visit West Texas A&M at 6:00pm ET, 4:00pm MT.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09):
Now Head Coach of Alcorn State.
The Division I-AA Braves of the SWAC, 0-1, visit Alabama State, 7:00pm ET.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd visit the Bobcats of Ohio, 7:00pm ET on ESPN3.

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 22nd ranked Wildcats, 1-0, visit Nevada at 7:00pm ET, 4:00pm PT on CBS Sports Network.

Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
The 1-0 Gators host East Carolina at 7:00pm ET on ESPN2.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 0-1, host Rice, 8:00pm ET, 7:00pm CT on the Longhorn Network.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 1-0, host Florida International at 8:00pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10):
Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The 0-1 Grizzlies host Eastern New Mexico University at 8pm ET, 6pm 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 0-1 Panthers visit Southeastern Louisiana at 8:00pm 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 visit Mississippi State at 9:15pm ET on ESPN.

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, 1-0, visit Air Force at 10:15pm ET, 8:15pm MT on ESPNU.

Bye Week

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 are 1-0 to start the season.

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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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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Latest on Coaching Changes Involving Former M Players, Coaches

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Fergodsakes.com takes a look at the recent college and NFL coaching changes, and how they have affected or might affect former Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in college or the NFL.

Information is up-to-date as of the time this is published. In the coaching world this time of year, changes are plentiful and quick.

For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); In 2012 was Assistant Special Teams Coordinator with New Orleans Saints. Named Special Teams Coordinator for Jacksonville Jaguars on January 22.

Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); In 2012 was Linebackers Coach with Syracuse. On January 19, Morrison announced his resignation from Syracuse:

“With bittersweet emotions, I announce my resignation from the Syracuse Football program,” Morrison said. “While I’m excited to pursue opportunities outside of football and, most importantly, to spend more quality time with my family, I’m sad to say goodbye to all the wonderful people associated with the University with whom I’ve had the pleasure of being around over the last year. I look forward to watching the program continue to grow and flourish under the leadership of my great friend, Scott Shafer.”

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94); In 2012 was Offensive Line Coach with Indianapolis Colts. Was named Arizona Cardinals Offensive Coordinator on January 19.

Roy Manning (Michigan linebacker 2000-04): Cincinnati Bearcats Running Backs Coach in 2012.
Was named Running Backs Coach for Northern Illinois on January 16.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-2010): Was Safeties Coach under Rich Rodriguez at Arizona in 2012. Arizona announced on January 9 that Gibson was leaving the Wildcats. It was announced on January 16 that Gibson rejoined West Virginia as its Safeties Coach.

Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); In 2012 was Running Backs Coach with Syracuse
Was named Running Backs Coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 14, following Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone to the NFL.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Was Auburn University Offensive Coordinator in 2012. Head Coach Gene Chizik and the rest of the Auburn staff, including Loeffler, were relieved of their duties on November 25. Loeffler was hired as Offensive Coordinator at Virginia Tech on January 14.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Was Defensive Coordinator for Temple in 2012. Heater was named Defensive Coordinator at Marshall on January 10.

Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): In 2012 was Defensive Coordinator with Syracuse
Syracuse Head Coach Doug Marrone left to become Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 6. Shafer was named Head Coach of the Orange on January 9.

With Syracuse moving to the ACC effective July 1, a potentially interesting bowl matchup is created. The Sun Bowl pits the ACC #4 team against the Pac 12 #4 team. The Pac 12 is of course where Rich Rodriguez is Head Coach with Arizona, and RichRod fired Shafer as Michigan Defensive Coordinator following the 2008 season. Syracuse against Arizona in the Sun Bowl would be very interesting.

Stan Parrish (Quarterbacks Coach 1996-99; Offensive Coordinator 2000-2001): Was out of coaching in 2012. Hired January 7 by Eastern Michigan and Head Coach Ron English to be Offensive Coordinator for the Eagles. Parrish will oversee Running Backs Coach Mike Hart (Michigan running back 2004-07) and Offensive Line Coach Kurt Anderson (Michigan Offensive Lineman 1997-2001). Parrish also falls under the Brady Hoke Coaching Tree, as he was Hoke’s Offensive Coordinator at Ball State from 2006-08 and was Hoke’s Quarterbacks Coach in 2005.

Steve Stripling (Michigan Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Cincinnati Bearcats Defensive Line Coach in 2012. Has been named as Tennessee Volunteers Defensive Line Coach for 2013.
Former Cincinnati Head Coach Butch Jones left for Tennessee on Friday, December 7, and Tommy Tuberville was named Head Coach of the Bearcats on December 8. Stripling was Interim Head Coach for the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl, a game they won over Duke 48-34. After the bowl game, Stripling re-joined Jones on the Tennessee staff as Defensive Line Coach.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): In 2012 was Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. Was named Passing Game Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the University of South Florida on December 20. Interestingly, Sheridan will play his home games in the same stadium where his dad is employed. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa is where both USF and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers play. Sheridan’s father, Bill, a former Michigan defensive assistant coach, is the Defensive Coordinator for the Bucs.

Brady Hoke Coaching Tree

Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Was Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach in 2012. On December 17, Faulkner accepted a position with North Carolina State as Tight Ends Coach, Fullbacks Coach, and Special Teams Coordinator.

Not Yet on a Staff

Cam Cameron, fired on December 10 as Offensive Coordinator of the eventual AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens. Cameron is very well connected, having coached in many places. His ties to those with Michigan roots are many:

  • Les Miles Cameron coached with Miles for 7 seasons at Michigan. Should Miles get an opening on his staff at LSU, it would be interesting to see if Cameron would be considered, or if Cameron would even be interested.
  • Jim Harbaugh The NFL is a fraternity for coaches, if nothing else. Cameron was Michigan’s Wide Receivers Coach in 1986, Harbaugh’s last season with the Wolverines. Having coached for John Harbaugh and with Andy Moeller (Jim Harbaugh and Moeller were co-captains in 1986), perhaps Cameron would land a position on Jim Harbaugh’s staff after this season?
  • Cameron was an assistant coach on Michigan’s staff when the following men were in their playing days at Michigan: Erik Campbell,; Doug Mallory, now Defensive Coordinator at Indiana; Curt Mallory, now Secondary Coach at Michigan; Mike Elston, now Defensive Line Coach at Notre Dame; Steve Morrison, now Linebackers Coach at Syracuse; Tyrone Wheatley, now Running Backs Coach at Syracuse; and Matt Dyson, now Head Coach with George Mason University, where football is a club sport.
  • Warde Manuel. Now the Athletic Director at UConn, Manuel was a Michigan player during the early part of Cameron’s tenure with the maize and blue.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach in 2012. Head Coach Lovie Smith was fired on December 31. DeBord was fired on January 17.

Erik Campbell (defensive back 1984-87; Wide Receivers Coach 1995-2007): Wide Receivers Coach with Iowa Hawkeyes in 2012. It became public in early January that Campbell and Iowa have parted ways. There are rumors that Campbell had interviewed for the vacant Eastern Michigan Offensive Coordinator position; that position went to former Michigan Offensive Coordinator Stan Parrish.

Anthony Thomas (running back 1997-2000): For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was an assistant coach 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 ended their season on November 10, finishing with a record of 3-8. Head Coach Jonas Jackson resigned on November 11; Thomas and most of the other assistants did the same on November 12. If and when Coach Jackson lands another position, don’t be surprised to see the A-Train to join his staff.

Fergodsakes.com has has had several updates on the Coaching Carousel:
Published December 14
Published December 21
Published January 9
Published January 14

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL Wrap Up Regular Season

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

For more on Michigan football coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 11-4-1, won the NFC West with their 27-13 victory over Arizona. The victory, coupled with Green Bay’s loss, earned San Francisco a first round bye in the playoffs. The 49ers gave up 17 points per game, 2nd in the NFL. They were 3rd in the league in total yards allowed (294); and 4th in the NFL in both passing yards allowed (200 per game) and rushing yards allowed (94 per game). Offensively, they were 4th in the NFL in rushing with 156 yards per game.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers (11-5) lost to Minnesota 37-34. Green Bay won the NFC North but did not earn a first round bye, and will host the Vikings in a rematch in the wild card round. Green Bay allowed 21 points per game, 11th in the NFL, and gave up 119 yards rushing per game, 17th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line helped the Packers record 47 sacks this season, 4th in the NFL.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
The Ravens, 10-6, winners of the AFC North, lost to Cincinnati 23-17. They will host Indianapolis in the first round of the playoffs. The Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, was 10th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary was part of a defense which gave up 22 points per game, 12th in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 11-5 and 2nd in the AFC South, will be at Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs. Indianapolis defeated Houston 28-16 in the last game of the regular season. Goodwin’s offensive line helped the Colts offense put up 362 yards per game, 10th in the NFL, and gave Luck enough time to pass for an average of 258 yards per game, which was 7th in the league.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach in 2012. Head Coach Lovie Smith was fired on December 31. The assistant coaches, including DeBord, remain on staff for now. The Bears did finish 10-6 after defeating Detroit 26-24, but are out of the playoff picture. DeBord’s tight ends were part of an offense which scored 23 points per game, 16th in the NFL.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in the 2011 season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
The Giants finished 9-7 and out of the playoffs after overwhelming Philadelphia 42-7. Ingram’s running backs average 116 yards per game, 14th in the NFL. They contributed to an offense which was 6th in points scored at 27 per game, and were part of an offense which allowed 20 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers helped the defense to hold opponents to 22 points per game, 13th in the NFL. The Giants intercepted 21 passes this season, tied for 3rd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, tied for 4th in the league.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
The Saints, 7-9, lost to Carolina 44-38. Malone’s tight ends helped the offense to 312 passing yards per game, tops in the NFL. The Saints were also 3rd in points scored (29 points per game). Mallory’s special teams were tied for first in the NFL in net punting, averaging 43.2 net yards per punt.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 7-9, defeated Atlanta 22-17 to close out the 2012 campaign. Sheridan’s defense was best in the NFL against the run, as the opposition averaged only 83 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents averaged 297 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs intercepted 18 passes this season, tied for 8th best in the league, and returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 8th most in the NFL.

Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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Wolverines Coaching in NFL, Battling for Playoffs

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

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

Games listed in chronological order. All games on Sunday.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002), now Secondary Coach, Baltimore; and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07), now Offensive Line Coach, Baltimore.
Baltimore, 10-5, is at Cincinnati, 1:00pm ET, CBS. The Ravens have clinched the AFC North – they cannot catch either Houston or Denver, who are competing with New England for the top two seeds in the AFC. The Bengals have clinched a wild card. This game features two playoff teams yet essentially means nothing.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 10-5, has clinched a wild card in the AFC. The Colts cannot win a division title. They will play Houston for the second time in three weeks, hosting the Texans in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS. Houston is playing for a first-round bye and possible top seeding in the AFC; this game essentially means nothing for Indianapolis.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 9-6, are still alive for a wild card berth – the way they get in (not involving tie games) is to win and for Minnesota to lose. Chicago at Detroit, 1:00pm ET, FOX. For the latest on Chicago Bears info, check out Chicago Bears Huddle.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005), now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83), now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
The Giants are 8-7 and tied for second place in the NFC East. They need help to make the playoffs – not only do they need to win against Philadelphia, but they also need Dallas, Chicago, and Minnesota to all lose. Philadelphia at NY Giants, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85), now Assistant Special Teams Coach, New Orleans; and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005), now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
The Saints (7-8) host Carolina, 1:00pm ET, FOX.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. Tampa Bay (6-9) is at Atlanta, 1:00pm ET, FOX. Neither team has anything to play for in this game – Atlanta is the top seed in the NFC, and Tampa Bay’s season comes to a close.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers, 11-4, have clinched the NFC North. Green Bay can clinch a first round bye with a win; or with a loss if both San Francisco and Seattle also lose. Green Bay at Minnesota, 4:25pm ET, FOX.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 10-4-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, have clinched a playoff spot. San Francisco can clinch the division title with a win or a Seattle loss, and they can clinch a first round bye with a win and a Green Bay loss. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:25pm ET, 1:25pm PT, FOX.

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One Week To Go; Former M Players & Coaches Coaching in NFL

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the NFL action from the weekend, from the perspective of former University of Michigan football players and coaches who are now coaching in the NFL.

For more on Michigan football coaching trees, Fergodsakes.com has them here.

Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach. The Packers (11-4) overwhelmed Tennessee 55-7 and have clinched the NFC North. Green Bay can clinch a first round bye with either a win in Week 17; or with a loss if both San Francisco and Seattle also lose. Green Bay allows 20 points per game, 7th in the NFL, and gives up 112 yards rushing per game, 14th in the league. Trgovac’s defensive line has helped the Packers record 46 sacks this season, tied for 3rd in the NFL.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 10-4-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, were thrashed by Seattle 42-13. The 49ers have clinched a playoff spot, and can clinch the division title with a win or a Seattle loss. They can clinch a first round bye with a win and a Green Bay loss. Despite giving up 41 and 42 points in the last two games, for the season San Francisco’s defense has allowed the third fewest points in the NFL (17 per game). They are 2nd in the league in total yards allowed (297); and 4th in the NFL in passing yards allowed (200 per game). Offensively, they are 4th in the NFL in rushing with 158 yards per game.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002);
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86 and Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with Baltimore Ravens – Austin the Secondary Coach; and Moeller the Offensive Line Coach.
The Ravens, 10-5, clinched the AFC North with a 33-14 victory over the New York Giants. The Ravens offense, with the help of Moeller’s offensive line, is 10th in the league in points scored with 25 points per game. Austin’s secondary is part of a defense which has given up 21 points per game, 12th in the league.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. The Colts, 10-5 and 2nd in the AFC South, clinched a wild card spot with a 20-13 win over Kansas City. Goodwin’s offensive line has helped the Colts offense put up 369 yards per game, 9th in the NFL, and has given Luck enough time to pass for an average of 263 yards per game, which is 7th in the league.

Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach. The Bears, 9-6 and in 2nd place in the NFC North, defeated Arizona 28-13. The Bears are still alive for a wild card berth – the way they get in (not involving tie games) is to win and for Minnesota to lose. DeBord’s tight ends are part of an offense which has scored 23 points per game, 15th in the NFL.

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82 and coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005); and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83).
Both won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants last season, and remain on staff this year – Herrmann as Linebackers Coach and Ingram as Running Backs Coach.
The Giants are 8-7 and tied for second place in the NFC East, were defeated by Baltimore 33-14. They need help to make the playoffs – not only do they need to win against Philadelphia in Week 17, but they also need Dallas, Chicago, and Minnesota to all lose. Ingram’s running backs average 112 yards per game, 17th in the NFL. They have contributed to an offense which is 9th in points scored at 26 per game, and are part of an offense which has allowed 19 sacks all season, fewest in the NFL. Herrmann’s linebackers have helped the defense to hold opponents to 23 points per game, 18th in the NFL. The Giants have intercepted 20 passes this season, 3rd in the NFL, and recovered 14 fumbles, 4th in the league.

Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85); and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005):
New Orleans Saints. Mallory is now the Assistant Special Teams Coach for the Saints, and Malone is the Tight Ends Coach.
The Saints, 7-8, defeated Dallas in overtime 34-31. Malone’s tight ends have helped the offense to 308 passing yards per game, 2nd in the NFL. The Saints are also 3rd in points scored (28 points per game). Mallory’s special teams are leading the NFL in net punting, averaging 44.4 net yards per punt.

Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator. The Bucs, 6-9, lost to St. Louis 28-13. Sheridan’s defense continues to allow the pass but stop the run. The Bucs lead the NFL in rushing yards allowed, with the opposition averaging only 84 yards per game. Through the air, however, opponents are averaging 303 yards per game, last in the league. The Bucs have intercepted 18 passes this season, tied for 6th best in the league, and have returned 3 of those interceptions for touchdowns, also tied for 6th most in the NFL.

Sources for all statistics are NFL.com and ESPN.com.

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Two Former Great Wolverine QB’s Meet in New England

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Fergodsakes.com previews the NFL football games each weekend involving a University of Michigan football coaching connection. Coaching various NFL teams are former Michigan players and assistant coaches. Here are their schedules this weekend:

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

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

Former Wolverines Coaching Against Each Other

Green Bay (9-4) at Chicago (8-5), 1:00pm ET FOX
Mike Trgovac (defensive lineman 1977-80): Senior with Team 101. Now Green Bay Packers Defensive Line Coach.
Mike DeBord (assistant coach of various positions 1992-99 and 2004-07, including 2 stints as Offensive Coordinator): Now Chicago Bears Tight Ends Coach.
In a battle for first place in the NFC North, Trgovac and the Packers travel to Chicago to face DeBord and the Bears. Trgovac and DeBord did not cross paths in Ann Arbor.

Tampa Bay (6-7) at New Orleans (5-8), 1:00pm ET, FOX
Mike Mallory (linebacker 1981-85), now Assistant Special Teams Coach, New Orleans; and
Terry Malone (Offensive Line Coach 1997-2001; Offensive Coordinator 2002-2005), now Tight Ends Coach, New Orleans
Bill Sheridan (OLB Coach 2002; D Line Coach 2003-04): Now Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator.
Malone and Sheridan were on Michigan’s staff together from 2002-2004. During those three seasons, Michigan won two Big Ten Championships, played in two Rose Bowls, and were 1-2 against the Buckeyes.

Former Michigan Football Players and Coaches

Jim Herrmann (linebacker 1979-82; coach 1988-2005, including Def Coord 1997-2005), now Linebackers Coach, New York Giants; and
Jerald Ingram (running back 1979-83), now Running Backs Coach, New York Giants
The Giants, 8-5 and in first place in the NFC East, visit Atlanta in a 1:00pm ET game on FOX.

Teryl Austin (DB Coach 1999-2002); and
Andy Moeller (linebacker 1982-86; Offensive Line Coach 2000-07):
Now with the Baltimore Ravens, Austin as the Secondary Coach; Moeller as the Offensive Line Coach. The Ravens, 9-4 and in 1st place in the AFC North, host Denver in their first game without former Michigan coach Cam Cameron as Offensive Coordinator. Kickoff is 1:00pm ET on CBS.

Harold Goodwin (offensive lineman 1992-94): Now Indianapolis Colts OL Coach, charged with protecting overall #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. Indianapolis, 9-4 and in 2nd place in the AFC South, visit 1st place Houston in a 1:00pm ET game on CBS. Should the Colts win, they will be a game out of first with two to go, and they host Houston in the last game of the regular season.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86): Senior with Team 107. Now Head Coach of San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, 9-3-1 and in 1st place in the NFC West, visit New England in the Sunday night game, 8:20pm ET on NBC. Two former great Michigan quarterbacks on opposing sidelines with both Harbaugh and, of course, Tom Brady of the Patriots.

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