Fergodsakes.com previews the college football games each weekend involving University of Michigan Wolverine coaching connections. Former Michigan players, assistant coaches, and former Coach Brady Hoke assistant coaches are roaming the sidelines as coaches of various college programs (for Fergodsakes.com’s University of Michigan Coaching Trees, click here). Their schedules for this weekend:
Former Michigan Players and Coaches
Anthony Thomas (running back 1991-94): Now Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Division II West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats. A senior on Team 115, Thomas left Michigan as the all-time leading rusher in program history. The 1-3 Bobcats host Urbana in a noon ET game.
Doug Mallory (defensive back 1983-87 and Captain in ‘87) and Greg Frey (OL Coach 2008-10): Indiana Hoosiers. Mallory is co-Defensive Coordinator and Frey is Offensive Line Coach. The 2-1 Hoosiers visit Northwestern to take on the Wildcats in a noon ET game on the Big Ten Network.
Erik Campbell (wide receiver 1984-87 and WR Coach 1995-2007): A senior on Team 108, Campbell is now Iowa Hawkeyes Wide Receivers Coach. The 2-2 Hawkeyes host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a noon ET game on ESPN2.
Matt Dyson (linebacker 1990-94): A senior on Team 115, Dyson is now Head Coach for George Mason University, a club football team. The 1-1 Patriots head to Pennsylvania to take on Valley Forge Military in a 1:00pm ET game.
Marcus Knight (wide receiver 1996-99): A senior on Team 120, Knight is now Northern Michigan University Wide Receivers Coach. The Division II Wildcats, 1-3, visit Hillsdale in a 1:30pm ET matchup.
Jay Hopson (Linebackers Coach 2008-09): Now Head Coach of Alcorn State. The FCS division Braves, 1-3, host Alabama State at 3:00pm ET.
Roy Manning, (linebacker 2000-04); and Steve Stripling (Defensive Line Coach 2005-07): University of Cincinnati. Manning is Running Backs Coach, and Stripling is Defensive Line Coach. The 2-0 Bearcats, who have already had two bye weeks, host Virginia Tech in a 3:30pm ET game on ESPNU.
Jim Lyall (defensive lineman 1970-73); and Robert Thornbladh (fullback 2006): Lyall is now Head Coach of Siena Heights Saints; Thornbladh is Outside Linebackers Coach. The 2-2 Saints host Taylor in a 6:00pm ET game. This looks like it should be an interesting game – Taylor is ranked #40 in NAIA, while Siena Heights is ranked #41.
Adam Braithwaite (Safeties Coach, 2010): Now UT Chattanooga Safeties Coach. In the FCS division, the 1-3 Mocs travel to Charleston to take on the Citadel in a 6:00pm ET game.
Nick Sheridan (quarterback 2006-09): Now Western Kentucky University Quarterbacks Coach. The Hilltoppers, 3-1, visit Arkansas State in a 7:00pm ET kickoff on ESPN3.
Les Miles (offensive lineman 1972-75 and Offensive Line Coach 1987-94): A senior on Team 96, Miles is now Head Coach of LSU. Number 3 in the country, the Tigers host Towson at 7:00pm ET on ESPNU.
Vance Bedford (DB Coach 1995-98, and in 2007): Now University of Louisville Defensive Coordinator. The 4-0 Cardinals look to remain undefeated when they travel to play Southern Mississippi at 8:00pm ET on the CBS Sports Network.
Tony Dews (WR Coach 2008-10); Tony Gibson (Secondary Coach 2008-10); Calvin McGee (Offensive Coordinator 2008-10); and Rod Smith (QB Coach 2008-10): All with the Arizona Wildcats – Dews as WR Coach; Gibson as Safeties Coach; McGee as O Coordinator; and Smith as QB Coach. The Wildcats, 3-1, host Oregon State at 10:00pm ET on the Pac 12 Network.
Chuck Heater (running back 1971-74): Now Temple Owls Defensive Coordinator. Temple, 1-2, has a bye this week.
Scot Loeffler (quarterback 1993-96 and QB Coach 2002-07): Now Auburn University Offensive Coordinator. Auburn, 1-3, has a bye this week. Does Loeffler have a quarterback controversy on his hands? Here’s WRBL TV of Columbus, Georgia, with Loeffler discussing the situation.
Tyrone Wheatley (running back 1991-94); Steve Morrison (linebacker 1990-94); and Scott Shafer (D Coordinator 2008): Syracuse University. Wheatley in Running Backs Coach; Morrison is Linebackers Coach; and Shafer is Defensive Coordinator. Syracuse, 1-3, has a bye this week. Wheatley shares his thoughts on Michigan-Notre Dame – from before last weekend’s game – with the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Kurt Anderson (offensive lineman 1997-2001); Mike Hart (running back 2004-07); Ron English (DB Coach and Def Coord 2003-07): All 3 now at Eastern Michigan – Anderson the OL Coach, Hart the RB Coach, and English the Head Coach. The 0-4 Eagles have a bye this week.
Bruce Tall (Defensive Line Coach 2008-10): Now UNC Charlotte Defensive Coordinator. The 49ers will begin play in 2013.
Brady Hoke Coaching Tree
Don Treadwell (Hoke’s first Offensive Coordinator at Ball State in 2003); and Ed Stults (variety of coaching positions under Hoke from 2003-08 at Ball State): Miami University Redhawks. Treadwell is Head Coach; Stults is Offensive Line Coach. Trent Boykin (Brady Hoke’s Running Backs Coach at Ball State in 2003 and 2004): Running Backs Coach for Akron Zips. It will be a reunion of former Brady Hoke assistant coaches in Akron as the 2-2 Miami Redhawks visit the 1-3 Zips at 3:00pm ET on ESPN3. Hoke’s 2003 Ball State Offensive Coordinator, Running Backs Coach, and Tight Ends Coach will gather on the same field.
Sidney Powell (Secondary Coach for three seasons for Hoke at Ball State): Now Tennessee Tech Secondary Coach in the FCS division. The 2-2 Golden Eagles visit Murray State in a 6:00pm contest.
John Powers (assistant coach to Brady Hoke at Ball State from 2006-08). Now Bethune-Cookman’s Offensive Line Coach in the FCS division. At 2-2, Bethune-Cookman visits Hampton in a 6:00pm ET game.
Eddie Faulkner (Running Backs Coach for Hoke at Ball State 2005-08): Now Wisconsin Badgers Tight Ends Coach. The 3-1 Badgers head to Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Prime time – 8:00pm ET on ABC.
Rocky Long, Brian Sipe, Tony White, and LeCharls McDaniel (all on Hoke’s staff at San Diego State) remain with San Diego State. Long is Head Coach; Sipe is QB Coach; White is Cornerbacks Coach; and McDaniel is WR Coach. The 2-2 Aztecs head to Fresno State to take on the Bulldogs in a 10:00pm ET game. Writer Stefanie Loh discusses the defensive struggles of the Aztecs.
Eric Lewis (Hoke’s Defensive Backs Coach at Ball State): Now Weber State’s Cornerbacks Coach in the FCS division. The 0-4 Wildcats visit UC Davis in a 10:00pm ET kickoff.