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have an African-American person on our staff after all? I don't think for a second that Hoke or Mattison are even the tiniest bit prejudiced, but I do find that a little uncomfortable in this day and age. . . that it could bite the U in the ass at some point.
Little known fact: Coach Funk is a light skinned brotha.
staff? Not sure why inquiring is flaming, except to someone super-sensitive or worse, but since I had seen the issue brought up earlier I wanted to know. Still frankly IMO a little off for a school like Michigan that prides itself on being all multikulti and stuff. . .
I'm going to play devil's advocate here, but a huge part of a college assistant coach's job is to recruit, sometimes more than actually coach (quite possibly the case with Montgomery, in fact) so doesn't "ability to relate well to recruits" have a lot to do with his job? I'm talking on his age just as much as his race.
It has more influence than most here believe. Age even moreso, IMO.
probably tell people they are on the Michigan Football Staff. Did you demote them?
Coach Roy, I'm happy to see you back in A2, because you are Roy Manning, not because of pigment.
da fuq? Montgomery was still on the staff last week (not to mention Jackson)....
Has been updated, so this must be a done deal and fact.
I dont mind the hire, but who is the new DLine coach?
Brady and Mattison are pretty much the de-facto DL coaches.
and then it actually happens? In the back of my mind, I'm secretly hoping someone in the AD read mgoblog one day and sort of threw out the idea to someone on the coaching staff and they thought it was an equally good idea
The AD does monitor mgoblog I believe
Although, my scenario is vastly less likely after I realized Manning was just a GA like 2 years ago. That's probably a bit more likely...
...is here (LINK). CoachingSearch.com has some tweets which say it is a done deal, in fact.
As for probable coaching alignments, he is what Meinke said:
"If Manning is hired as Michigan's outside linebackers coach, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison likely would coach the defensive ends and head coach Brady Hoke likely would work with the nose tackles."
Very happy to see Roy Manning back in Ann Arbor (he was integral to that 2004 team, as I recall), and this is another great hire for this staff, I think.
I highly doubt Hoke would work with the nose tackles, I mean come on he doesn't even do his part on recruiting these kids. /s
Anyways cool to see a Saginaw native join the coaching staff.
Especially in this context and I also believe youth is as well. I think Coach Hoke addressed both. I'm as old and as white as the next guy but teams who are majority African American need coaches that are too - it is important. Teams which are 100% young'ns need some guys on the staff that aren't just GA's that are close to their generation too. So yes, some of this is based on race and age, but not for any other reasons that this is helpful to connect and teach the kids on the team.
Sounds like a very good fit !
I completely agree with this, and I don't know why some make it seem like it's such a bad thing to say. I think having a staff full of old white guys would put us at a disadvantage both in recruiting and relating to the current players.
Imagine if instead of a team with mixed race, football was a sport with mixed gender as well (like track or swimming but they weren't two different teams). Wouldn't you want to have coaches who were both male and female? Of course a male coach can recruit girls for their sport (it happens all the time) but it would still be a good idea to have one or more coaches on that staff who were women to relate to the female players in a different way, and I don't just mean "can go in the locker room with them."
No one is suggesting race was the only reason or that Manning isn't completely qualified for the job. But that doesn't mean race has nothing to do with it. Being a young black man is a part of who Roy Manning is, and a part of what he brings as a coach. It's probably a part of why so many of his players at Cincinnati felt they could connect with him so well. And that's not a bad thing.
Good to have him back. Let's hope he's a solid recruiter as well.
It's officially official now.
Former Wolverine, Roy Manning has been named the outside linebackers coach. Manning was a 4-year letterwinner at U-M.
I had a decently long chat with Manning at some quasi UM football function like 6 months ago. I honestly had no idea who he was at the time, but he was telling some hilarious stories. He'll definitely be good for recruiting.
Would it be safe to expect an official HELLO post on Coach Manning?? I keep hearing about how good of a recruiter he is and would love to see some of the evidence. GO BLUE!!