At first glance, Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire D.J. Durkin as Michigan's new defensive coordinator made it seem that significant changes were on the way...
And while players have had to make adjustments this spring to Durkin's new multiple-scheme approach, they haven't exactly been blindsided -- as the installation they're going through now feels a lot like an extension of what Mattison started last spring under former coach Brady Hoke.
I came across a really cool article from 2011 written about the Harbaugh family that also sheds some light on their relationship with Hoke and Mattison. I'm sure most of you already knew Hoke worked for Jack at WMU but still there are some nice stories in the article. Here is 1 of them
". Turned out Hoke's wife, Laura, was in labor -- three months early. Harbaugh rushed to University Hospital in Kalamazoo and sat in the waiting room with Brady's and Laura's mothers. "Jack Harbaugh took charge," Hoke says. "But that's just the person he is. He's tough, but he had a great personal side to him." Kelly Hoke was born that night, weighing 1 pound, 14 ounces. With Hoke stranded in Fort Wayne, Harbaugh was one of the first people to see Kelly. "You could hold her in the palm of your hand and her little hands and arms were hanging down," Harbaugh remembers. For the next 19 years, whenever Valentine's Day rolled around, Jack Harbaugh placed a call to Kelly Hoke, wishing her a Happy Birthday. Hoke never forgot it."
Plenty of other Michigan related stories in the article and worth a read if this stuff is new to you like it was for me.
There is actually a post over at Bucknuts hoping that Michigan cleans house this week so that they can hire Greg Mattison as their Defensive Coordinator. At first I laughed at this idea, but I know Mattison worked for Urban Meyer back in Florida and are probably still friends.
I think there is a good chance this might happen if/when Hoke gets fired and if the new Coach does not retain him. OSU seems unhappy with their defense and what better way to solve their problem and stick it to us at the same time.
I am hoping he goes back to the NFL or decides to retire rather than ending up in Columbus
Subject line says it all.
I think Mattison's peformance has been solid. He has been a key component of this coaching regime's success at recruiting. And he has roots to the program.
Obviously, it depends on the HC. But is there precedent for a new HC coming in but keeping DC intact in a high-profile program?
Are there significantly better and obvious choices available of which I am not aware?
Though I do not buy into the "Michigan Man" prerequisite, Mattison surely represents some cultural stability for the program, so I would think he's a strong candidate for retention. I just want to know if that's an utter pipe dream...
Angelique Chengelis REPORTS that Coach Mattison believes that IU was using spotters to steal Michigan's defensive signals to gain an unfair advantage.
"You know what they do? They get up above (in the press box), and they watch you signal, and then when they see you signal, they call on their headset from upstairs over to the other sideline and they tell them what you're going to run.
My understanding is that this is not currently against the NCAA rules unless you deploy an extra coach or assistant (beyond allowable amounts) to do the sign stealing. If that's right, do the football experts and others here think we should be doing this - or is it too much of a distraction?
Going on now - http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/?media=461236