Are there anymore coaching changes at Michigan? (Football)

Submitted by Mr. Yost on January 9th, 2014 at 12:53 AM

There have been rumors of multiple changes, some saying up to 3-4 assistants.

It sounds like Mallory didn't get that head coaching job and now we know Borges is gone and Nussmeier is in. Are there anymore changes that anyone is hearing anything about? Anymore speculation? Anymore suggestions?


Magnum P.I.

January 9th, 2014 at 12:57 AM ^

I think Funk is almost certainly gone. I'd bet Fred "retires." Nussmeier wouldn't walk into a GERG situation. He knows what he needs to set up his shop. There will be blood.

Wheatley would be great. Bostad is the dreamy dream candidate for OL. Soup? Coaching in the Arena League right now. WTF?


January 9th, 2014 at 2:05 AM ^

If Michigan can manage to grab Mario Cristobal for the OL coach, that would be a huge recruiting coup. MC was the mastermind behind Rutgers recruiting success under Greg Schiano and he recrutied both TY Hilton and Jonathan Cyprian (Jacskonville Jaguars starting safety) to little known FIU. He has huge huge ties to South Florida and is regarded as a masterful recruiter. Previously was head coach at FIU.

I Like Burgers

January 9th, 2014 at 9:49 AM ^

I'd like to see them bring in Wheatley as an RB coach and groom him to become the next OC.  If he does in fact turn the Michigan offense around, Nuss will be the first Michigan coordinator in a really long time to get serious head coaching looks.  And something like that should happen within 2-3 seasons.  Having someone like Wheatley in house -- assuming he knows what he's doing -- that can step in and up into an OC role would be a big plus.

As far as Soup...there's got to be something negative with him that no one outside of coaching circles knows about.  You just don't fall off the face of the CFB world like that without being blacklisted.


January 9th, 2014 at 1:58 AM ^

I hear James Franklin could be in the mix and was offered the job today.  


EDIT: I edited the comment after deleting what I wrote because I realized I'm stupid.  I really wanted to put Funk, but since I knew everyone else was going to say Funk, I decide to go off the unbeaten path.


January 9th, 2014 at 1:01 AM ^

Some of the Baltimore Ravens blogs are reporting that Andy Moeller's job as assistant OL coach may be in jeopardy with today's appointment of Juan Castillo as the OL coach.    I wonder if Moeller would consider coming back to Michigan where he coached OL from 2000 to 2007. 

"What this meant for Andy Moeller, who has held the title of offensive line coach, remained to be seen. The most likely scenario is that Moeller will not return."

Maybe someone can embed the quote properly.  Here is the link.

Mr Miggle

January 9th, 2014 at 3:56 AM ^

despite how often it's been repeated here as a criticism of RR. I do expect some further changes and Nussmeier should have a lot of say in the replacements, but I think the same assistants would be leaving regardless of who the OC was going to be.

If the new OC at Bama wants to bring in his own guys, great. I'd love to at least snag Cristobal. I'll be very, very surprised if that happens though. When Nussmeier was hired, Alabama replaced zero assistants. When Cam Cameron was hired, LSU replaced zero assistants. When Jim Bollman was hired, zero. Ultimately, assistant coaches work for the head coach, not the coordinators, and the loyalty lies there.


January 9th, 2014 at 1:14 AM ^

I'd be surprised if both Funk and Jackson came back, and maybe both will be gone. Let Nussheier have input if not flat out pick the replacement(s).

I don't know that Mallory has been told anything about the Eastern Illinois job. It's still vacant. That he interviewed almost makes me wonder if Hoke is close to convincing his brother to join  our staff.


January 9th, 2014 at 6:26 AM ^

Go back and watch any DB play aside from Jordan Kovacs from 2008-2010. Then see if you're singing the same tune. Raymon and Blake were both pretty great till both got relatively torched by an All-American in a who cares bowl game


January 9th, 2014 at 9:28 AM ^

Effective coverage if there is rarely any threat of a pass rush that isnot generated by sending 9 guys at the qb. When we have 4 guys that can generate a rush sans blitz and not overrun the qb/play, combined with Mattison's actual blitz packages watch out. I was frustrated once in awhile by the DBS but they are not the cause of our d problems.


January 9th, 2014 at 1:39 AM ^

open to change, depending on approval by Nussmeier. 

That being said, here are my thoughts on a few coaches:

  • Funk is almost certainly gone for obvious reasons. When the offensive line is that bad in any single year, the coach should be fired.
  • Jackson will "retire." We haven't had an effective RB since Hart. His only reprieve would be his recruiting prowess which the staff may deem valuable enough to be reason to retain him.
  • Wellman might be out. The team was clearly weaker and smaller than it should have been.
  • Mallory is looking to leave too, so I figure he'll leave once he gets a job somewhere else.
  • Maybe Ferrigno? The punt formation has been terrible but I see that more as being done under Hoke's direction. The tight end situation hasn't been great but it hasn't terrible either. I guess it depends on who Nussmeier wants to bring with him.
  • I don't really see any other changes beyond that. Hecklinski has been great and I don't know much about LB play but it seemed like youth has been the big problem on defense and Manning has only been there for a season so I don't see him or Smith being let go.