When Brady Hoke announced the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator last month he also mentioned the likelihood that that was the end of staff turnover.
He didn’t say, however, that there wouldn’t be any reassignment of duties among his remaining crew. Today Michigan’s fourth-year headman announced substantial adjustments within his defensive staff.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will now coach the entire linebacking corps, while Mark Smith, who coached inside linebackers last season, will move up to coach the defensive line. Those moves will shift second-year assistant Roy Manning away from the line of scrimmage where he coached the rush and strong side end positions last season, and move him back to the secondary where he will coach corners. That will free defensive backs coach Curt Mallory up to coach the safeties.
"Everyone on the staff and the kids are really excited about these changes," said Hoke, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. "Greg and I met and felt this was the best for everyone, including him and his ability to coach a position group and run a defense from the middle. When you look at Mark's experience on the defensive line, then being able to split the secondary, where you have five positions and 20-plus guys, and with the way offense and passing has changed in college football, I think it balances our staff on that side of the ball."
Offensive staff duties will remain the same.
The graduate assistant duties will break down as follows:
Jerry Milling - linebackers
Ernie Lawson - defensive line
Kevin Koger - tight ends,
Michael Switzer - offensive line.