Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2015 Week 7

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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 Florida (6-0) at #6 LSU (5-0), 7:00pm 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.
Doug Nussmeier (Offensive Coordinator 2014):
Now Offensive Coordinator at University of Florida.
Former Michigan offensive lineman, OL Coach, WR Coach, QB Coach, and Offensive Coordinator are heavily involved in this game.

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74):
Heater is in his third season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator.
The Herd, 5-1, visit Florida Atlantic, noon ET.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69):
A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The 5-1 Wildcats, ranked #20 in the nation, host 17th ranked and undefeated Iowa, noon ET on ABC/ESPN2.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07):
A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University.
The 2-3 Broncos visit the Bobcats of Ohio, noon ET on ESPN3.

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 4-2 Wildcats visit Wayne State 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, 1-5, visits Wisconsin, noon ET on 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 3-2 Mountaineers visit #2 Baylor, noon ET on FOX.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the NAIA Siena Heights Saints. The 2-3 Saints host Taylor (IN), 1:00pm ET.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94):
A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club team.
The Patriots, 0-2, host Longwood at 1:00pm ET.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010):
Now in his fourth season with the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and his third as Defensive Coordinator.
The Mocs, 4-1 and ranked #6 in FCS, visit VMI, 1:30pm ET on ESPN3.

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, 1-4, visit Baldwin Wallace, 1:30pm ET.

Darrell Funk (Offensive Line Coach 2011-14):
Now Offensive Line Coach at University of Akron.
The 3-3 Zips visit Bowling Green, 3:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Jon Bills (tight end 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach for Division II Adams State.
The Grizzlies, 1-5, host Black Hills State University, 3:00pm ET, 1:00pm MT.

Jeff Hecklinski (Wide Receivers Coach 2011-14): Now QB Coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo; and
Roy Roundtree (Wide Receiver 2008-12): Now Wide Receivers Coach for the ThunderWolves
The Thunderwolves, 5-1 and ranked #7 in Division II, visit Chadron State, 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, 4-1, host Grambling State, 3:00pm ET on ESPN3.

Jim Harbaugh (quarterback 1982-86 and Head Coach 2015-):
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94 and Running Backs Coach 2015-):
The Wolverines, 5-1 and #12 in the land, host Michigan State at 3:30pm ET on ESPN.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07):
In his third season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech.
The Hokies, 3-3, visit Miami (FL), 3:30pm ET on ESPNU.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-2010):
Frey is now the OL Coach with Indiana.
The Hoosiers, 4-2, host Rutgers at 3:30pm ET on the Big Ten Network.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008):
Shafer is in his third season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 3-2, visits Virginia, 3:30pm ET on ESPN3.

Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04 and DB Coach 2014):
Manning is in his first season as OLB Coach for Washington State.
The Huskies, 3-2, host Oregon State at 4:00pm ET, 1:00pm PT on PAC12 Network.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91 and DB Coach 2011-14):
Mallory is now DB Coach with the University of Wyoming.
The 0-6 Cowboys host Nevada, 4:00pm ET, 2:00pm MT on ESPN3.

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 3-3 Panthers visit Fort Valley State, 6:00pm ET.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96):
A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The 5-1 Irish, ranked 14th in the land, host Southern Cal, 7:30pm ET on NBC.

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, 4-2, visit Colorado, 9:00pm ET on Fox Sports 1.

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, 3-3, host San Diego State, 10:30pm ET, 7:30pm PT on ESPNU.

Bye Week

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007):
Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas.
The Longhorns, 2-4, have a bye this week.

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, 3-3, have 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 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 in the College Ranks; 2014 Week 6 Recap

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past 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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Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The Irish, 5-0, are ranked 6th in the land. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to a unit giving up 12 points per game, 3rd in the nation.

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. Arizona, 5-0 and ranked #10 in the country, is averaging 596 total yards per game, best in the nation.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-1 Sooners are #11 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 110 rushing yards per game, 22nd in the nation.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd are 5-0 on the season. Heater’s defense is 5th in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert on only 26.6% of 3rd down attempts.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 5-1 on the season. Alcorn State is second in the FCS in both sacks and sacks allowed.

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, 4-2, are 2nd in the nation in passing yards per completion, with 17.91.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 4-2. Loeffler’s offense is 71st in the country in total offense, averaging 411 yards per game.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots are 2-1 this season.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach, Indiana.
Indiana is 3-2 on the season. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 300 rushing yards per game, 8th in the nation.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs are 3-2 and ranked #14 in the FCS. Braithwaite’s defense is 4th in FCS in redzone defense.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 3-2. Hankwitz’s defense allows 16 points per game, 14th in the nation.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are 3-2. Gibson’s defense ranks 1st in the nation in 4th down conversion defense, having not allowed a 4th down conversion all season.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers are now 3-3 on the season.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks of the FCS are 3-3 this season. Stenavich’s offensive line has helped Northern Arizona to 172 rushing yards per game, 61st in FCS.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints, in the NAIA. The Saints are 2-2 after defeating 15th ranked St. Francis (Ind.).

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 2-3, is 3rd in the nation in sacks allowed, having only given up two for the entire season.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos are 2-3 this season. Hart’s running backs have rushed for 183 yards per game, 49th in the country.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee, 2-3. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is #3 in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 8.4 per game.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns are 2-3 on the season. Beford’s defense averages four sacks a game, good for 3rd in the nation.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans are 2-3 on the season. Robinson’s defense ranks allows 90 passing yards per game, best in the nation.

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.
Michigan is now 2-4. The secondary is contributing to a unit that has given up 316 total yards per game, 19th in the country.

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 are 1-4 on the season. Knight’s wide receivers contribute to an offense which averages 13.26 yards per completion, 45th in Division II.

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Wolverines Coaching in the College Ranks; 2014 Week 5 Recap

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past 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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Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his second season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 4-0 Sooners are #4 in the land according to AP. Montgomery’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which has given up 99 rushing yards per game, 17th in the nation.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame.
The Irish, 4-0, are ranked 9th in the land. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to a unit giving up 11.5 points per game, 4th in the nation.

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, 4-1 and ranked #15 by the AP, are 2nd in the nation in passing yards per completion, with 17.92.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is in his second season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Herd are 4-0 on the season. Heater’s defense is 5th in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage defense, allowing opponents to convert on only 25.4% of 3rd down attempts.

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. Arizona, 4-0, is averaging 594 total yards per game, 6th in the land.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots are 2-0 this season.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves are 4-1 on the season. Alcorn State is second in the FCS in both sacks and sacks allowed.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator.
In their second season in program history, the 49ers are now 3-2 on the season.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his second season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies are 3-2. Loeffler’s offense is 63rd in the country in total offense, averaging 422 yards per game.

Adam Stenavich (offensive line 2001-05): Now in his first season as Offensive Line Coach for Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks are 3-2 this season, and ranked 25th in FCS. Stenavich’s offensive line has helped Northern Arizona to 161 rushing yards per game, 66th in FCS.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his second season as Head Coach of the Orange.
Syracuse, 2-2, is 4th in the nation in sacks allowed, having only given up one for the entire season.

Mike Hart (running back 2004-07): A senior on Team 128, Hart is now Running Backs Coach for Western Michigan University. The Broncos are 2-2 this season. Hart’s running backs have rushed for 213 yards per game, 36th in the country.

Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Now Offensive Line Coach, Indiana.
Indiana is 2-2 on the season. Frey’s offensive line has helped the Hoosiers to 284 rushing yards per game, 12th in the nation.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his second season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee, 2-2. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is #1 in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage (0.208).

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Defensive Coordinator with West Virginia.
The Mountaineers are 2-2. Gibson’s defense ranks 1st in the nation in 4th down conversion defense, having not allowed a 4th down conversion all season.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Defensive Coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Texas. The Longhorns are 2-2 on the season. Beford’s defense gives up 17 points per game, 20th in the land.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his third season with UT Chattanooga, and his second as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs are 2-2 and ranked #14 in the FCS. Braithwaite’s defense is 4th in FCS in redzone defense.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern.
The Wildcats are 2-2. Hankwitz’s defense allows 17 points per game, 19th in the nation.

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.
Michigan is now 2-3. The secondary is contributing to a unit that has given up 283 total yards per game, ninth in the country.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73)
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints. The Saints are 1-2 on the young season.

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 are 1-3 on the season. Knight’s wide receivers contribute to an offense which averages 13.65 yards per completion, 42nd in Division II.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Now Defensive Coordinator, San Jose State University. The Spartans are 1-3 on the season. Robinson’s defense ranks 2nd in the nation in passing yards allowed per game, giving up 83 yards per game through the air.

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On the Coaching Front: Michigan vs. Colorado 1994

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Silence. Eery silence. I have never heard 100,000 people be so quiet at the end of a football game. Twenty years ago, on September 24, 1994, I was one of 106,427 fans in The Big House, witnessing Kordell Stewart’s Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook, earning the Buffaloes a 27-26 victory over Michigan.

Walking amid the masses on the concourse after the game, I remember passing Don Canham, who was walking in the opposite direction. The stunned look on his face mirrored the rest of us.

Looking back from a coaching personnel perspective, it is amazing to see the Colorado staff’s numerous links to Bo Schembechler. On the field and on the coaching sidelines, the game featured a veritable Who’s Who of Michigan football. Here are some of the men who were on the field that day:

Links to Bo Schembechler:

Gary Moeller was Michigan’s Head Coach in 1994. Moeller coached under Schembechler at Michigan from 1969-76, and again from 1980-89 before taking over the head coaching reins for the 1990 season following Bo’s retirement.

Lloyd Carr was Michigan’s Defensive Coordinator that day. Carr was Michigan’s Defensive Backs Coach under Schembechler from 1980-86, becoming Defensive Coordinator for the Wolverines in 1987. He would of course later become Michigan’s Head Coach and lead the maize and blue to the National Championship in 1997. Carr was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

Les Miles was Michigan’s Offensive Line Coach in 1994. An offensive lineman under Schembechler from 1972-75, as a player he was part of three Big Ten Championship teams, yet none of those squads ever played in a Rose Bowl. Currently Head Coach at LSU, Miles led the Tigers to the 2007 National Championship. He was also named 2011 National Coach of the Year by AP, Home Depot, Walter Camp, and Liberty Mutual.

Jim Herrmann was Michigan’s Inside Linebackers Coach in 1994. A linebacker under Schembechler from 1979-82, as a player he was part of two Big Ten Championship and two Rose Bowl teams, including a Rose Bowl win to wrap up the 1980 season. His coaching career includes a collegiate National Championship and a Super Bowl Championship in the NFL. Herrmann is currently Linebackers Coach with the NFL’s New York Giants, where he has been since 2009. Herrmann was Defensive Coordinator for Michigan’s 1997 National Championship team. He also was Linebackers Coach for New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI championship team (2011 season).

Bill McCartney was Colorado’s Head Coach in 1994. McCartney was Defensive Ends Coach under Schembechler from 1974-76 and Defensive Coordinator from 1977-81, when Bob Ufer dubbed the Wolverines’ defense “McCartney’s Monsters.” McCartney led Colorado to the National Championship in 1990.

Elliot Uzelac was Colorado’s Offensive Coordinator in 1994. He had two stints on Schembechler’s coaching staff. The first was as Offensive Line Coach in 1972 and 1973; the second was again as Offensive Line Coach from 1982-86. Uzelac was Head Coach at Western Michigan from 1975-81, and Head Coach at Navy from 1987-89. He was named MAC’s Coach of Year in 1976.

Mike Hankwitz was Colorado’s Defensive Coordinator in 1994. A member of Schembechler’s first team in 1969, Hankwitz was a tight end for Michigan from 1966-69. Hankwitz is currently Defensive Coordinator with the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten, where he has been since 2008. Hankwitz was Defensive Coordinator for Colorado’s 1990 National Championship Team.

Chuck Heater was Colorado’s Secondary Coach in 1994. A running back under Schembechler from 1971-74, Heater was a part of four Big Ten Championship teams and one Rose Bowl team. Heater is currently Defensive Coordinator with the Marshall Thundering Herd of the Conference USA, where he has been since 2013. Heater was on staff of 1988 Notre Dame National Champion Team, and 2006 and 2008 Florida National Championship Teams.

Michigan Players on the Field Now in the Coaching Ranks:

Matt Dyson, Michigan linebacker, now Head Coach George Mason University’s club football team.

Mike Elston, Michigan linebacker, now Defensive Line Coach, Notre Dame.

Harold Goodwin, Michigan offensive lineman, now Offensive Coordinator, Arizona Cardinals. An assistant coach on three Super Bowl teams, Goodwin earned one Super Bowl ring as an Offensive Assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.

Scot Loeffler, Michigan quarterback, now Offensive Coordinator, Virginia Tech.

Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan running back, now Running Backs Coach, Buffalo Bills.

Current Michigan Coaches on Michigan’s 1994 Staff:

Greg Mattison was Michigan’s Defensive Line Coach in 1994. Mattison joined Michigan’s staff in 1992 and was Defensive Line Coach his first three seasons before becoming Defensive Coordinator for the 1995 and 1996 campaigns. He of course rejoined Michigan’s staff as Defensive Coordinator in 2011 under Brady Hoke. Mattison was Defensive Coordinator for Florida’s 2006 National Championship Team.

Fred Jackson was Michigan’s Running Backs Coach in 1994. Jackson joined Michigan’s staff under Gary Moeller in 1992, and has been Running Backs Coach for all but two seasons since (he was Offensive Coordinator in 1995 and 1996). Jackson has coached under 4 of Michigan’s 19 Head Coaches (Moeller, Carr, Rodriguez, and Hoke).

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Former Wolverine Players & Coaches Coaching in Bowl Season 2013

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Fergodsakes.com previews the upcoming bowl season with an eye towards former Wolverine players and coaches who will be coaching in this season’s bowl games. For Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan football coaching trees, click here.

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Coaching in Bowl Games

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 10-2 Sooners, ranked 11th in the BCS, defeated Oklahoma State 33-24 on Saturday to close out their regular season. They will face Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2, 8:30pm ET, on ESPN.

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 9-3 Tigers, 16th in the BCS Standings, will face Iowa in the Outback Bowl, 1:00pm ET on January 1, ESPN.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 8-4 Hokies will play UCLA in the Sun Bowl on December 31, 2:00pm ET on CBS.

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 7-5 Wildcats will play Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl on December 31, 12:30pm ET on ESPN.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorns, 8-4, lost to Baylor 30-10 on Saturday. They will play Oregon in the Alamo Bowl, December 30, 6:45pm on ESPN.

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The 7-5 Wolverines will play Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, December 28, 10:15pm ET on ESPN.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The 11-1 Cardinals, #18 in the BCS Standings, defeated Cincinnati 31-24 in overtime on Thursday night. They will face Miami in the Florida Citrus Bowl on December 28, 6:45pm ET on ESPN.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 8-4, will face future Big Ten member Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 28, noon ET, on ESPN.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 6-6 Orange. Syracuse will play Minnesota in the Texas Bowl, December 27 at 6:00pm ET on ESPN.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd, 9-4, fell to Rice 41-24 in the Conference USA Championship Game. They will play Maryland in the Military Bowl, December 27, 2:30pm ET on ESPN.

Seasons Completed

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 9-3 Braves, member of the FCS, completed its season on November 23 with a 48-33 win over Jackson State. Alcorn State finished the season 19th in FCS in scoring, averaging 37 points per game.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The 8-4 Mocs, winners of the Southern Conference, closed out their season November 23 with a loss to then #1 Alabama 49-0. Braithwaite’s defense finished 4th in FCS in passing yards allowed per game (152) and 13th in scoring defense, giving up just 20 points per game.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 5-5 Patriots fell to Coppin State 40-3 in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship Game on November 23.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, in the NAIA, finished its season with a 5-5 record after a 22-21 victory over #24 Robert Morris (Ill.) on November 16. Siena Heights is 5th in all of NAIA in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 17 points per game.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 5-6 49ers of the FCS, in their first season in program history, finished their first season by defeating Morehead State 61-17 on November 23. Tall’s defense finished 40th in 4th down conversion defense (0.438).

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The 5-7 Wildcats finished their season on a bright note, defeating Illinois 37-34 on November 30. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 19 interceptions, tied for fourth in the country. They returned four of those interceptions for touchdowns.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers, 5-7, finished their season November 30 with a 56-36 win over Purdue for the Old Oaken Bucket. Mallory’s defense is 114th in the country in scoring defense, giving up 39 points per game. Frey’s offensive line has helped pave the way for an offense which has averaged 509 total yards per game, 11th in the nation.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 5-7 Volunteers finished their season Thanksgiving weekend with a 27-14 win over Kentucky. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is 16th in the country in red zone defense.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The 4-8 Mountaineers finished their season Thanksgiving weekend with a 52-44 triple overtime loss to Iowa State. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 263 passing yards per game, 107th in the nation.

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 3-7 Wildcats finished their season with a 35-22 loss to Ferris State on November 16. Knight’s wide receivers are part of a unit that is 81st in D2 in passing offense, averaging 227 yards per game through the air.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The 2-10 Bulls closed their season with a 31-6 loss to Rutgers on December 7.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
Former Michigan Defensive Coordinator Ron English was fired as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan on November 8. Parrish, the Offensive Coordinator, as named Interim Head Coach, and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles, 2-10, lost on Thanksgiving weekend to Central Michigan 42-10 to close out their season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles averaged 158 rushing yards per game, 75th in the country. They are 111th in scoring offense (19 points per game) and 109th in total offense (336 yards per game).

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Wolverines Coaching at College Level; A Look Back at Week 8

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine 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). Updates on their seasons:

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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, 13th in the BCS Standings, are 6-2 after losing to Ole Miss 27-24. Cameron’s offense is 2nd in the nation in third down conversion rate (0.565), and 6th in the country in passing efficiency.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The 6-1 Hokies, # 14 in the BCS, had a bye week. Loeffler’s offense is 110th in the land in total yards (328), and 95th in scoring (23 points per game).

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is in his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The 6-1 Sooners, #15 in the BCS, defeated Kansas 34-19. Montgomery’s defensive line has helped OU to be #1 in the nation in passing yards allowed, giving up 150 yards through the air per game. In addition, the Sooners give up 17 points per game, tied for 9th best in the country and are 4th in the nation in team passing efficiency defense.

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The 6-1 Cardinals, #20 in the BCS Standings, lost to Central Florida 38-35. Bedford’s defense is second in the country in points allowed, giving up 12 per game. The Cardinals defense is top 5 in the nation in total defense (260 yards per game); rushing defense (87 yards per game); third-down percentage defense (0.267); and first down defense (94 first downs allowed on the season).

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The 6-1 Wolverines, #22 in the BCS, defeated Indiana 63-47. The linebackers and secondary have teamed to help Michigan be 10th in the land in rushing defense, holding opponents to 100 yards per game.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The 6-2 Braves, member of the FCS, defeated Texas Southern 20-13. Alcorn State is 3rd in FCS in passing yards allowed, giving up only 139 yards per game through the air.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, 5-2, defeated USC 14-10. Elston’s defensive line has contributed to Notre Dame giving up 123 yards per game on the ground, 25th in the country.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The FCS Mocs are 5-2 after beating Elon 20-9. Braithwaite’s defense is 4th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (146) and also 4th in the FCS in scoring defense, giving up just 17 points per game.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd, 4-2, had a bye week. Heater’s defense is 6th in the nation in passing efficiency defense, and 10th in the country in total defense, allowing 302 yards per game.

Greg Robinson (Defensive Coordinator 2009-10): Robinson was named the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Texas two games into this season. The Longhorn, 4-2, had a bye this week. Texas is 23rd in passing yards allowed, allowing 203 yards through the air per game.

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 4-2 Wildcats defeated Utah 35-24. The Wildcats are 13th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 269 yards per game.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The 4-3 Wildcats lost for the third week in a row, this one to Minnesota 20-17. Hankwitz’s defense has accumulated 13 interceptions, tied for third in the nation. They have returned an incredible 4 of those interceptions for touchdowns.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 4-3 49ers of the FCS, in their first season in program history, had a bye week. Tall’s defense is tied for 33rd in 4th down conversion defense (0.364).

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, in the NAIA, are now 4-3 after defeating Concordia 44-3. Siena Heights is 8th in all of NAIA in scoring defense, allowing an average of only 16 points per game.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is in his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The 4-3 Volunteers defeated #11 South Carolina 23-21. Stripling’s defensive line has contributed to a unit which is 20th in the country in red zone defense.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The 3-4 Mountaineers fell to Texas Tech 37-27. Defensively, West Virginia has allowed 257 passing yards per game, 96th in the nation.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers are 3-4 after falling to Michigan 63-47. Mallory’s defense is tied for 119th in the country in total defense, giving up 498 yards per game. Frey’s offensive line has helped pave the way for an offense which has averaged 514 yards per game, 9th in the nation.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the 3-4 Orange, who fell to Georgia Tech 56-0. Syracuse is 19th in the country in 3rd Down Conversion defense.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the 2-3 Patriots defeated Radford 20-14.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The 2-4 Bulls had a bye week. The Bulls are 117th in scoring offense (16 points per game), 121st in total offense (259 yards per game), and 123rd in team passing efficiency.

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 1-5 Wildcats fell to Grand Valley State 48-17. Knight’s wide receivers are part of a unit that is 80th in D2 in passing offense, averaging 232 yards per game through the air.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The heavy-hearted Eagles, 1-6, fell to Ohio 56-28. On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have averaged 161 rushing yards per game, 74th in the country. They are 106th in scoring offense (20 points per game) and 90th in total offense (368 yards per game).

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Ex Wolverines Coaching at College Level; Week 1 Results

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Fergodsakes.com reviews the college football games from the past weekend involving a University of Michigan Wolverine 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). Updates on their seasons:

Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98; Secondary Coach 2007): Now Louisville’s Defensive Coordinator. The Cardinals, #8 in the country, were all over Ohio University 49-7. Bedford’s defense held the Bobcats to 2.9 yards per rushing attempt and under 23 minutes of possession time.

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, ranked 11th in the land by USA Today, downed TCU 37-27 in the Cowboys Classic. LSU’s offense, which has struggled at times the last few seasons, had a very good start in Cameron’s first game as Offensive Coordinator. The Tigers had 448 total yards, were 13 of 19 in third down conversions, held the ball for 36 minutes, and of course put up the 37 points.

Mike Elston (linebacker 1993-96): A senior on Team 117, Elston is now the DL Coach for Notre Dame, ranked 13th by USA Today. The Fighting Irish defeated Temple 28-6. The Irish did give up over 4.0 yards per attempt to the Owl running backs.

Jerry Montgomery (Defensive Line Coach 2011-12): Montgomery is beginning his first season as DL Coach with Oklahoma. The Sooners, ranked #15 in the country by USA Today, defeated Louisiana-Monroe 34-0. Montgomery’s defensive line contributed to a defense which allowed only 166 total yards, and gave up only 2 of 16 third down conversions (and 0-2 fourth down conversions).

Curt Mallory (linebacker 1988-91); and
Roy Manning (linebacker 2000-04)
Mallory and Manning are both coaching with their alma mater. Mallory is in his third season as the secondary coach; Manning is in his first season as the Inside Linebackers Coach. The 17th ranked Wolverines were all over Central Michigan 59-9. Defensively, Michigan held the Chips to 210 total yards and 12 first downs while forcing two turnovers.

Mike Hankwitz (tight end 1967-69): A senior on the 1969 team, Hankwitz is now the Defensive Coordinator for Northwestern. The Wildcats, ranked 20th in the country by USA Today, held off California 44-30. Hankwitz’s defense forced three turnovers, including two pick-6’s by Collin Ellis.

Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87); and
Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10)
Mallory is now Defensive Coordinator for the Hoosiers, and Frey is the OL Coach. The Hoosiers were the highest scoring team in the FBS in week 1, putting up 73 points in defeating Indiana State 73-35. Mallory’s defense had four sacks, a figure only 8 teams in FBS surpassed. The defense also forced a fumble, had an interception, and had seven tackles for loss.

Ron English (Secondary Coach 2003-05; Def Coordinator 2006-07)
Stan Parrish (QB Coach 1996-99; Off Coordinator 2000-01)
Mike Hart (running back 2004-07)
English is now the Head Coach at Eastern Michigan, where Parrish is the Offensive Coordinator and Hart is the Running Backs Coach. The Eagles scored 14 fourth quarter points and defeated Howard University 34-24. Hart’s running backs gained 170 yards on the ground, and Parrish’s offense gained 380 total yards and 22 first downs.

Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): Stripling is beginning his first season as Defensive Line Coach at the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers defeated Austin Peay 45-0. Stripling’s defensive line contributed to a unit which held Austin Peay to 79 total rushing yards.

Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Heater is beginning his first season as Marshall’s Defensive Coordinator. The Thundering Herd defeated Miami (OH) 52-14. Heater’s defense held the RedHawks to nine first downs and 239 total yards.

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 defeated Northern Arizona 35-0. The Wildcats did force three interceptions and did hold Northern Arizona to under 100 yards rushing; however, they did allow four of five 4th down conversions, and Northern Arizona held the ball for over 40 minutes.

Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10): Now Safeties Coach with West Virginia. The Mountaineers trailed William & Mary at halftime, and needed a late touchdown to win 24-17. Defensively, West Virginia gave up 207 passing yards and did pick up one interception.

Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers, in the FCS, were victorious in their first game in program history, defeating Campbell 52-7. Tall’s defense had a pick-6 in their second ever play from scrimmage en route to forcing four turnovers on the day.

Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The Braves, member of the FCS, defeated Edwards Waters 63-12, sprinting out to a 49-6 halftime lead.

Scott Shafer (Defensive Coordinator 2008): Shafer is in his first season as Head Coach of the Orange, who lost to Penn State 23-17. Syracuse did force four turnovers and held Penn State to 1.5 yards per rushing attempt.

Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): In his first season as Offensive Coordinator with Virginia Tech. The Hokies lost 35-10 to Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide returned a punt, kickoff, and interception for touchdowns in this game. Loeffler’s offense gained 212 total yards, and were 3 of 17 in third down conversions.

Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Sheridan is in his first season as Quarterbacks Coach with the University of South Florida. The Bulls were shredded by McNeese State of the FCS, 53-21. Loeffler’s quarterbacks were 19 of 40 for 209 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now in his second season with UT Chattanooga, and his first as Defensive Coordinator. The Mocs, in the FCS, lost to UT Martin 31-21. The defense allowed 289 yards through the air and 162 on the ground.

Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and
Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006):
Lyall is now Head Coach of the Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is his Outside Linebackers Coach. The Saints, in the NAIA, will begin their season on Sept 7 when they host Grand View (Iowa).

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 will begin their season on Sept 14 when they will host Findlay.

Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University. A club team, the Patriots will start their season in a few weeks.

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