Mattison Earns a Contract Extension

By Chris Lauderback on March 16, 2013 at 10:27a

Michigan AD David Brandon was very pleased with the move:

"Greg has proven to be one of the top coordinators in the country, college or pro, and he is regarded as one of the best recruiters in college football," said Brandon. "Greg's resume speaks for itself, and he has done great things with our defense in his two years with the program. He has great passion for the University of Michigan and for the young men that represent our team. We are glad to have Greg in the fold for the foreseeable future."

Brady Hoke also lauded the extension:

"We're excited Greg will remain at Michigan for the next four-plus years," said head coach Brady Hoke. "What he's done for this program, our defense and for our kids on and off the field over the last two years, he's the best there is. I've known Greg and Ann and their kids for my entire coaching career, and I'm personally thrilled they will be here for a long time."

Last year, Mattison's defense ranked 20th in the country allowing 19.8 points per game and 13th nationally in yards allowed per game at 320. 


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MN Buckeye's picture

As long as Hoke is the head coach, I am not that concerned.

FitzBuck's picture

I think we can all agree this was a great hire by UM and giving him an extension was absolutely necessary.  
The improvement that defense showed with the same players in year one shocked me.  He took them from laughing stock to respectable in just one off season.  Hokes success was directly tied to what mattison was able to do and he's fortunate that Greg isn't looking for a head coaching job.  

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Remember he was Urban's DC at Florida and was/is highly respected by him. As long as he is at TTUN they will have a very tough defense. Someone please introduce him to golf and fly fishing and encourage him to take an early retirement........

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I respect Mattison, but I certainly don't fear him. His D has given up 768 yards against Ohio State the last two years.

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northcampus's picture

I'm glad someone else realizes that Michigan's defense has been a paper tiger the past two seasons.  Look at the teams (and offenses) they've played since Mattison arrived.  The better squads and more talented offensive units have not had issues with moving the ball and scoring on Michigan.
I will give Michigan credit for improving on defense since Rod left.  However, the D's under Rodriguez were arguably the worst defensive units at Michigan in the last 50 years.
Mattison's biggest strength to Michigan is his recruiting.  He can reel them in with the best of them.  A head coach with limited skills (Hoke and Les Miles instantly come to mind) have to hire successful coordinators to be successful themselves.  Miles has done this better than any coach in America.  If Hoke wants to keep up with Meyer, he'll need to do the same.

703Buckeye's picture

I think Mattison's defenses will improve as he gets more of his guys into the system. Bad thing for Greg is that Urban's offenses will get better as more of his guys get in.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

CowCat's picture

Sure, they have Greg Mattison.   We have Carlos Hyde.   WIN.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.