Wolverines Coaching at College Level; 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend

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

Michigan Wolverines Band 9.13.14

Former Michigan Players and/or Coaches

Thanksgiving Day

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

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

Friday Games

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

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

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

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

Saturday Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bye Week

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

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

Season Completed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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