Chengelis Article with Mattison

Submitted by DGDestroys on January 18th, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Angelique Chengelis (DetNews) spoke with's a few interesting quotes

"The biggest reason is Brady," Mattison told The News on Tuesday night. "I know he's going to win. Michigan is a special place. The longer you're away from it, even when you're in the NFL, it's still Michigan. Every Saturday when we're in our rooms relaxing before the Sunday games, I always watched Michigan. That doesn't leave you."

But he said Baltimore coach John Harbaugh helped make it an easy decision.

"He has so much respect for Brady," Mattison said. "He came into my office and said, 'The job you've done here is unbelievable, but I would understand if you went to Michigan because it's Michigan. I would understand because it's Brady Hoke.'

"Don't worry about me recruiting," Mattison said with a laugh. "Recruiting is all about where you're at. If you really believe in the school you're at … it's easy to sell a place like Michigan."

"He's one of the best recruiters out there — he's a helluva recruiter," Irons said. "I'd put him in anybody's house and he'll sell them on Michigan and will be genuine about it."



January 18th, 2011 at 10:04 PM ^

Man, great quotes, great feeling of guys doing it because it's their friends, and man, I love the mix of confidence and "I got this" in his last line.

Plus, Jarrett Irons, my favorite player from the 1996 team that did not get the glory of the 1997 team.


January 18th, 2011 at 10:08 PM ^

...respects him, perhaps? Mattison and Hoke both served on Jack Harbaugh's WMU staff. There is a deep and abiding bond among these men forged by years and years of working together.  Sounds like Harbaugh wants Mattison to be happy and pursue what he wants to pursue.


January 19th, 2011 at 11:02 AM ^

I was completely agaisnt the Hoke hire. I wanted Harbaugh, Gruden, any high profile OC/DC over Hoke. With the way things are falling into it feels good to admit i was wrong! Very excited about the the next season, the staff, and even THIS ( yeah i said it) this recruiting class. The way things are shaping up im betting we steal a few last min guys.


January 18th, 2011 at 10:12 PM ^

Between these and many of Hoke's comments it's starting to feel like the early stages of a Hollywood movie production.  Men coming home from coast to coast to save the football program at the school they loved.  It seems like we are getting all the right actors, with all the right lines.  All that's left is to deliver the goods.  And I believe they will.


January 18th, 2011 at 10:18 PM ^

Absolutely love hearing quotes like this coming from people out in the "real world." I know Harbaugh has connections to here from his dad. But to hear an NFL HC tell his DC he will totally understand leaving to take the same job at a college program...well that just brings back a sense of why the school we love is so great.

I'm absolutely fired up and ready to get aggressive, tough defense back here. We've got good things ahead. 


January 18th, 2011 at 10:19 PM ^

Does anyone else think Hoke is holding the DB coaching job for his brother? Wouldn't be a bad thing to have an NFL staff around here. Just a thought after this spot wasn't filled today.