Defensive Coordinator Rumors

Submitted by MGoShoe on January 17th, 2011 at 9:27 PM


TomDienhart Brady Hoke may consider hiring ex-Florida DC Teryl Austin and/or Baltimore Ravens DC Greg Mattison, according to Detroit Free Press.

If Hoke continues coaching his defensive linemen, and he reportedly would be bringing linebackers coach Mark Smith with him, that would leave the defensive secondary and the defensive coordinator spot.

He could look at coaches from his past to help fill the defensive coordinator role, including former U-M assistant Teryl Austin, who worked with Hoke at U-M in 1999-2002.

Another coach with ties to Hoke is Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

Not much more to the story than what was block quoted, so it's hard to know if this is just Snyder throwing out names of defensive coaches Hoke previously worked with at Michigan, or something more.
DGDestroys mentioned that the buzz was with Mattison in this thread earlier today, so H/T to him.



January 17th, 2011 at 9:33 PM ^

He's available right now. You would think that if he were the guy, they would have hired him by now. So I'm thinking Hoke would prefer someone different. But if it were possible to get Austin for DBs (again, he's jobless right now) that would be great for recruiting--especially if we get an NFL guy.


January 17th, 2011 at 9:37 PM ^

......most important  qualification is that it must be anupgrade from GERG. That would actually include about 99% of the human race though.

So, someone that hascoached some good defense in their day, like Mattison, would be a treat here.


January 17th, 2011 at 9:39 PM ^

I really hope for recruiting sake that we have a DC by friday. Otherwise we wont be selling the totally package of types of schemes and how a defensive recruit will be used! I am all in for Teryl Austin!


January 17th, 2011 at 9:41 PM ^

The Ravens coordinator?

I just had a heart attack. Of course, he has TONS of talent @ the Ravens, but we can get that new talent now. Kenny Demens..... I'm in awe at the thought of a Demens-Ray Lewis crossover machine beast.

True Blue in CO

January 17th, 2011 at 9:44 PM ^

Dienhart on Twitter is kind of scary. A national source gives credibility to a local story. Austin would be the best of the pair and we should all be pleased if he were to come. However until we see a real announcement, this is all rumors trying to fill the empty hole that is our DC position right now.


January 17th, 2011 at 9:47 PM ^

If Austin were the guy, I feel like he would have been hired by now.

I don't see why Mattison would give up his NFL DC job for a college DC job, but whatever.  I hope he does because he seems to know what he's doing and telling kids that he coached Ray Lewis, Suggs, and Ed Reed would probably go a long way in recruiting.

I still think it's going to be a guy we're not discussing, though.


January 17th, 2011 at 10:03 PM ^

Magnus - my traditional train of thought would tell me to agree.  However, after seeing how the head coach serach went, the time it took, and the fact that we got the guy we all "expected" to get, I am not sure I would agree.

With that said, what other names are out there, that we are not mentioning? 


January 17th, 2011 at 10:13 PM ^

Yeah, it does...

The only way it makes sense, IMO, is if Mike Trgovac doesn't want to distract himself from making a run at the Super Bowl with the Packers.  I don't really think a DL coach's future would mess up a team's chemistry, but whatev.


January 17th, 2011 at 10:01 PM ^

I'm sort of in the thinking that we'd have Austin right now if we wanted him. Or they're taking just as long as they did with the HC search to feel out the market, because this is kind of similar to what I thought about Hoke.


January 17th, 2011 at 11:03 PM ^

Not particularly. Ron English would run circles around brown as a dc or even db coach. Good player. Questionable coach. Mattison is interesting though. He recmmended home for a job at Michigan I think. That would be a very good hire on many levels. Recruiting. Scheme. Michigan. He knows the Midwest very well and could woo much interest from players with his NFL experience.

Bando Calrissian

January 17th, 2011 at 11:22 PM ^

I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Mattison family a little bit the summer before he took the ND job, and my dad ran into his wife in Ann Arbor shortly after he took it.

It was clear both before and after that there was no one who loved Michigan more than Greg Mattison and the Mattison family.  Period.  They loved Ann Arbor, they loved being a part of our program, but the Notre Dame offer (both financially and what it would provide for Greg's family) was just too much to pass up.  His daughter played sports at ND, and he ended up getting to coach his son at Florida.  

In the coaching world, when you're an assistant coach, when you probably don't have too much chance or ambition to jump to being a head coach, you tend to take job offers that are good for your family.  Yeah, it was Notre Dame, but it was a lateral move that provided more.  So, even though the timing was a bit bad, I don't particularly blame Greg Mattison for going to South Bend, nor do I particularly hold it against him.  He's a great coach, and I think he'd be a great fit here again.


January 18th, 2011 at 6:32 PM ^

All your points about Mattison are duelly noted,HOWEVER  Mattison turned his back on Carr and what he was trying to build as a new coach, He left for the same position with one of our rivals. I guess that slogan "Those who stay will be champions" didn't really resonate with him. He left for all those reasons you gave and might have been the right decision for him at the time , but shouldn't be aloud to come back again. Would Bo hire Frieder back?


January 18th, 2011 at 6:17 PM ^

A bit of sarcasm with using that term Michigan Man. It has been drum beated against RR so I mentioned it about Mattison.  RR left his alma mater and a secure HC position at West Virginia because Michigan called.He gave up alot. He wasn't regarded as a "Michigan Man" by some whatever he did and how badly he wanted to stay as coach. How silly some of you Mich fans are. Mattison turned his back on Carr, makes a lateral move to one of our rivals and you give him a pass. Lets be consistant . Mattison is NOT a Michigan Man.