To mark 100 days remaining until the beginning of the college football season, CBSSports.com is running a list of what it calls the "100 most influential players, coaches, administrators, venues, or any other related things in college football." The list is being revealed 10 at a time, and in the 100-91 rundown, Greg Mattison appears at #96:
96. GREG MATTISON, defensive coordinator, Michigan. One could certainly make the argument that it was the continuing ineptitude of former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson that cost former head coach Rich Rodriguez his job in Ann Arbor. After all, Robinson's latter year spearheading the Wolverine defense was, by far, the worst in points allowed in Michigan history; the former was the third-worst (and just for good measure, the second-worst season came in Rich-Rod's first season, with one-and-done Scott Shafer as DC). Yes, Michigan has an unusually stingy history of defense, but that's just the thing: Michigan fans have every reason to expect that stingy defense. That's just how it's done at Michigan.
It'll be up to Mattison, then, to keep Brady Hoke's seat cool, and he's got the pedigree to do it. Mattison is entering his 35th year of assistant coaching defense and his 16th as a defensive coordinator, and he's been a part of some very successful defenses (Florida's '06 BCS Championship team, for one). Fans shouldn't expect miracles and shutouts on Day 1 or even in Year 1, but they're going to need to see some sense this year that Michigan's old way of football is coming back. Getting the points per game allowed back under 27.5 for the first time since 2007 would be a good start. -- AJ
Note also that Gunner Kiel appears at #98, and San Diego State's Qualcomm Stadium is #92.
In the 90-81 rundown, Marcus Coker (running back, Iowa) is #84, and Declan Sullivan (late student videographer, Notre Dame) is #82.
Any thoughts on other Michigan-related people or things that should appear on the list? I would argue that the first night game at Michigan Stadium should rank pretty high.
Addendum: The just-released 80-71 rundown includes Kirk Cousins at #80 and Joe Paterno at #79.
By the way, for those criticizing the concept of this list, I don't think it was intended to be taken that seriously. The inclusion of Mattison in the first ten that were revealed seemed to make it worth posting here. I think "most influential" is a misnomer--it seems to me this is really a list of the top story lines for the upcoming football season.