2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (9/1/2012)

1. Michigan (23) No additions in August.

2. Notre Dame (19) Added former 3 star Penn State verbal Will Fuller (WR-PA).

3. Ohio State (16) No additions in August.

4. Nebraska (14) Added three stars Zach Hannon (OT-MO) and Jonathan Cook (CB-AL).

5. Illinois (19) Added three stars Martize Barr (JC-WR-IA), Reggie Spearman (LB-IL) and Darwyn Kelly (S-DC). Also added un-ranked prospect Miguel Hermosillo (RB-IL).

6. Northwestern (17) Added three stars Keith Watkins (RB-OH) and Godwin Igwebuike (S-OH).

7. Iowa (17) Added un-ranked Matthew VandeBerg (WR-SD).

8. Wisconsin (12) Added three star Alec James (DE-WI).

9. Michigan State (13) Added three stars Demetrius Cooper (DE-IL) and Dennis Finley (OT-MI).

10. Penn State (10) Added un-ranked Jordan Smith (CB-DC). Zach Bradshaw (3* WR), William Fuller (3* WR) and Dorian Johnson (4* OT) all de-committed in August.

11. Purdue (10) Added three star Dwayne Johnson (OT-TX)

12. Indiana (8) Added four star Antonio Allen (S-IN), three star Chase Dutra (S-IN) and un-ranked prospect Myles Graham (RB-FL).

13. Minnesota (6) Added un-ranked Jalen Myrick (CB-GA).

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Top Selling Institutions & Manufacturers (2011-2012)

The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) recently announced its rankings of top selling institutions & manufacturers for the 2011-2012 year. After coming in 4th last year, Michigan came in 5th, still far and away the leaders of the Big Ten teams. Kentucky jumped up four spots from 7th after winning the national title. O$U is not a member of the CLC.

RankUniversityConference
1TexasBig XII
2AlabamaSEC
3KentuckySEC
4FloridaSEC
5MichiganB1G
6LSUSEC
7North CarolinaACC
8GeorgiaSEC
9Notre DameIND
10OklahomaBIG XII
12Penn StateB1G
13NebraskaB1G
15WisconsinB1G
25IllinoisB1G
29PurdueB1G
39MinnesotaB1G

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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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My Favorite Michigan Memories

Technically I have been a Michigan fan my entire life. Even before I was aware of what football was I was donned in Maize and Blue, much to the dismay of the Spartan side of my family (who make up a higher percentage than I like to admit). While I technically was a Michigan fan from birth, wore Michigan apparel, and rooted for Michigan when they were on TV, I did not become a true fanatic until 1997. 1997 was the first year I followed every game intensely and could actually rattle off the names of a majority of the team. My fanaticism only intensified in 2001 after my family moved from Michigan to Tennessee. My arrival happened to coincide with the year Michigan played Tennessee in the Capital One Bowl, which Michigan promptly lost 45-17. Suffice it to say the week after that bowl game was not a pleasurable experience. Nothing tests your fan hood like being banished to a state far away from your home team. No one I knew talked Michigan sports, there was no mention of Michigan on the radio or in the newspaper, Michigan was too far away to attend any spring games or games in the fall. If I wanted to read or hear anything about Michigan I was forced to go online which is what first brought me into contact with Michigan recruiting coverage and UMGOBLUE.com. This site along with streaming WDFN online were my lifeline to all things Michigan related.

Top 3 Michigan Memories

#1 Michigan vs Penn State 1997 (W 34-8) – The game itself was memorable enough, from Glen Steele’s sack to start the game to Chris Howard running over the Penn State defense. What I remember most is running around the house the next day after seeing Michigan ranked #1 in the country.

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