Coach Biography: Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison

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Birthdate: November 15, 1949

Coaching Experience: Nearly 40 years with stints at every level.

After graduating from The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1971, Mattison coached two high school programs in Wisconsin; at Riverdale (Muscoda, WI) from ‘71-73 and at Logan (La Crosse, WI) from ‘74-75.

In 1976, Mattison started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois. After that, he had short stays at Cornell (‘77), Northwestern (‘78-80), Western Michigan (with Jack Harbaugh – ‘82-86) and with Navy (‘87-88). Then Mattison got his first "big" gig at Texas A&M as their defensive line coach from ‘89-91. While at A&M, Mattison fielded one of the country’s best defenses for three years in a row. In 1989 the Aggies were #13 in total defense, in 1990 they were #19 and in 1991 they were the top rated defense in the country allowing only 222 yards per game. Ann Arbor was Mattison’s next stop where he would coach the defensive line and serve as defensive coordinator during his final two seasons with the Wolverines from ‘92-96. While at coordinator in 1995, UM ranked 11th in total defense (allowed 286 ypg.) and ranked third in rushing defense (90 ypg.) In 96, the Wolverines gave up only 15.2 points per game, which ranked 8th in the country. From 1997 to 2004 Mattison was at Notre Dame where he was the d-line coach and recruiting coordinator. Finally from 2005-07, he was named co-defensive coordinator with Charlie Strong at Florida. In ‘06 his defense led the Gators to the SEC and National Titles. During that National Title game UF’s defense held Ohio State to an amazing 82 total yards, resulting in a dominant 41-14 victory.

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Coach Biography: Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison

Greg Mattisonmichigan logo

Birthdate: November 15, 1949

Coaching Experience: Nearly 40 years with stints at every level.

After graduating from The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1971, Mattison coached two high school programs in Wisconsin; at Riverdale (Muscoda, WI) from ‘71-73 and at Logan (La Crosse, WI) from ‘74-75.

In 1976, Mattison started his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Illinois. After that, he had short stays at Cornell (‘77), Northwestern (‘78-80), Western Michigan (with Jack Harbaugh – ‘82-86) and with Navy (‘87-88). Then Mattison got his first "big" gig at Texas A&M as their defensive line coach from ‘89-91. While at A&M, Mattison fielded one of the country’s best defenses for three years in a row. In 1989 the Aggies were #13 in total defense, in 1990 they were #19 and in 1991 they were the top rated defense in the country allowing only 222 yards per game. Ann Arbor was Mattison’s next stop where he would coach the defensive line and serve as defensive coordinator during his final two seasons with the Wolverines from ‘92-96. While at coordinator in 1995, UM ranked 11th in total defense (allowed 286 ypg.) and ranked third in rushing defense (90 ypg.) In 96, the Wolverines gave up only 15.2 points per game, which ranked 8th in the country. From 1997 to 2004 Mattison was at Notre Dame where he was the d-line coach and recruiting coordinator. Finally from 2005-07, he was named co-defensive coordinator with Charlie Strong at Florida. In ‘06 his defense led the Gators to the SEC and National Titles. During that National Title game UF’s defense held Ohio State to an amazing 82 total yards, resulting in a dominant 41-14 victory.

The Baltimore Ravens hired Mattison as their linebackers coach in 2008. The next season he was named d-coordinator. During his stay in Baltimore, Mattison always fielded a great defense. While coaching the Ravens his defenses ranked #2, #3 and #10 in total defense for the NFL.

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Brady Hoke made a home run hire in Mattison. Not only is he a great coach, he is an outstanding recruiter, motivator and he understands what it is like to be a coach at The University of Michigan. There is a lot of work to do in Ann Arbor on the defensive side of the ball, but I have no doubt that Greg Mattison will meet that challenge head on and return the Michigan defense to where it belongs.

GO BLUE!!!

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Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Big Ten Bowl Game Playoff Standings

Our Season Long Contest is now complete. Congrats to ZoltanMeskoFanClub on winning the first place prize of a new slim PS3 or XBox 360. UM Football21 for winning a FatHead of Desmond Howard and to alans26 for winning the autographed book.
Final Standings

Leaders

Overall Big Ten Playoff Points

ZoltanMeskoFanClub

86.5

UM Football21

80.5

alans26

74.0

rockediny

65.0

crony3289

64.0

TheWhat1124

63.5

jbr12

61.5

umgoblue14

51.5

CWoodson4Life

44.0

WolvyMike

41.0

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A Chat With ’12 Recruit Grant Bays

Grant Bays is a 2012 prospect from Oceanside, CA. He will be one of the many highly recruited offensive linemen on the left coast next season and was kind enough to answer a few questions for UMGoBlog.

Grant Bays 2012 Recruiting Profile

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Sean O’Connell: Could I have your current height and weight?

Grant Bays: “6’3.5″ 290 lbs. 5.0.”

Sean O’Connell: How has your season been going so far?

Grant Bays: “We are 7-2  with 5 (now 6)  straight wins. Our first loss was against nationally ranked Servite out here.”

Sean O’Connell: What positions do you play?

Grant Bays: “Starting as a left tackle on offense and nose tackle on defense. Last year, varsity center.”

Sean O’Connell: Do you prefer one position over the other?

Grant Bays: “I hope to play center again. I think that’s where my college and pro position will be.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you been receiving any mail from schools yet?

Grant Bays: “A lot from UCLA, USC, Northwestern, Duke, Boston College and Stanford. Went to meet coaches and see games at UCLA, USC and Stanford so far.”

Sean O’Connell: Have you received any verbal offers yet?

Grant Bays: “No.”

Sean O’Connell: What are your strengths as a football player and what do you need to work on?

Grant Bays: “I’m a natural athlete, very quick for a big dude. I was a division one/mid-round pitching prospect before giving up baseball. Weaknesses would be learning plays.”

Sean O’Connell: I know that you have a year or so of high school left, but have you thought about what you want to study at college?

Grant Bays: “Environmental sciences or computer/graphic arts /sound productions.”

Sean O’Connell: Is distance from home going to be a significant factor when you choose a school?

Grant Bays: “Sort of. I would miss my mom and my friends, but I want to go to a school with lots of history and traditions.”

Sean O’Connell: What are you looking for in a college? When you sit down with your folks to make that final choice, what are the main factors that you will consider?
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