March 4th, 2013 at 2:54 PM ^

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. 


March 4th, 2013 at 6:35 PM ^

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. . . 


March 4th, 2013 at 3:28 PM ^

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.


March 4th, 2013 at 3:31 PM ^

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


March 4th, 2013 at 5:36 PM ^

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...


March 4th, 2013 at 3:37 PM ^ here (LINK). 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.


March 4th, 2013 at 3:40 PM ^

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  !


March 4th, 2013 at 4:13 PM ^

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."

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March 4th, 2013 at 6:01 PM ^

Race has nothing to so with anything. Basically what you said was that Hoke hired Roy Manning solely on his skin alone rather than his qualifications. That should make Manning happy.

Maybe Manning is a hell of a coach and hoke saw him as a benefit being on his staff.


March 4th, 2013 at 6:54 PM ^

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. 


March 4th, 2013 at 10:54 PM ^

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.


March 5th, 2013 at 8:02 AM ^

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!!