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    The All-Encompassing Michigan Thread

    Rodriguez Completes Staff With Shafer as Defensive Coordinator
    January 11, 2008
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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Rich Rodriguez announced today (Friday, Jan. 11) the completion of his full-time coaching staff, with the addition of Scott Shafer as defensive coordinator. Shafer comes to Ann Arbor after serving one season as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Stanford University.

    Rodriguez has designated defensive coaching assignments as follows: Scott Shafer (defensive coordinator), Tony Gibson (assistant head coach/secondary), Jay Hopson (linebackers) and Bruce Tall (defensive line).

    Scott Shafer
    Defensive Coordinator
    Quite familiar with the Big Ten and Midwest, Shafer joins the Michigan staff after spending the 2007 season as defensive coordinator at Stanford. Prior to joining the Cardinal program, Shafer was the defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Western Michigan (2005-06). He coached the defensive backs at Illinois in 2004 and began his coaching career as a graduate coach for former U-M assistant coach Bill Mallory at Indiana (1991-92). Shafer spent eight seasons at Northern Illinois, coordinating the defense from 2000-03 and served as the defensive backs mentor his entire stint with the Huskies (1996-2003). In addition, Shafer coached the defensive backs at Rhode Island for three seasons (1993-95). Shafer played quarterback at Ohio University in 1985 and then completed his collegiate career at Baldwin-Wallace. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace in 1990 and collected his master's degree in education from Indiana in 1993. A native of Painesville, Ohio, Shafer and his wife, Missy, have one son, Wolfgang, and a daughter, Elsa.

    other bios of new assistant coaches on the staff.

    Calvin Magee
    Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
    Magee spent the past three years as offensive coordinator for the Mountaineers and has served as the running backs coach since his arrival at WVU prior to the 2001 season. He was elevated to assistant head coach prior to the 2007 season. Magee arrived in Morgantown after five seasons at South Florida (1996-2000). He coached the running backs (1997-2000) and was the team's run game coordinator for two seasons. He was a member of USF's first staff in 1996, coaching the tight ends special teams. Magee was a four-year starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1985-88) and was a Pro-Bowl alternate in 1987. In 1986, he led the Buccaneers in receptions (45), receiving yards (564) and receiving touchdowns (5). Magee and his wife, Rosie, have three children, Jade, Bryson, and Jasmine.

    Tony Dews
    Wide Receivers
    Dews joins the Michigan coaching staff after being part of the football programs at UNLV and West Virginia. He rejoined the Mountaineers staff as wide receiver coach in 2007 after spending the 2006 season as linebackers coach and associate special teams coordinator at UNLV. Dews was tight end coach at Central Michigan (2004-05) and mentored the defensive line at Holy Cross in 2003. His coaching resume also includes coaching stints at California, Pa. (2002), Millersville (1998) and Bainbridge (Ga.) High School (1997). Dews was also a graduate assistant coach at WVU. A Lynchburg, Virginia native, Dews received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Liberty University (1996) and earned a master's degree in athletic coaching education from WVU (2001). Dews and his wife, Tamika, have three daughters, Savannah, Sierra, and Sydney.

    Greg Frey
    Offensive Line
    Frey served as the Mountaineers offensive line coach in 2007 after spending 11 seasons at the University of South Florida. Frey's tenure at USF included coaching stints at offensive line coach (2000-06), defensive line coach (1999) and was a graduate assistant (1996-98). He is a 1996 graduate of Florida State University (1996), where was a four-year letterman for the Seminoles and was a member of Bobby Bowden's national championship team in 1992, defeating Nebraska in the 1993 Orange Bowl.

    Tony Gibson
    Secondary
    Gibson is the lone member of the staff to play for and coach with Rodriguez. Gibson has worked with the secondary at West Virginia since being hired in 2001, tutoring the cornerbacks and free safeties. He was named recruiting coordinator in January 2007. Prior to coaching at WVU, Gibson coached special teams, defensive backs and served as recruiting coordinator at Cumberland University (1997-98) and was defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at West Virginia Tech (1999-2000). Gibson played for Rodriguez at Glenville State College (1991-1994). He was the defensive backs and kickoff team coach for Rodriguez at Glenville State in 1996. Gibson and his wife, Kerry, have two children, Cody and Ashton.

    Jay Hopson
    TBA; Defensive Assistant
    Hopson spent the past three seasons as the defensive coordinator and middle linebackers coach at Southern Mississippi. He spent two three-year stints with the Golden Eagles, the first as defensive backs coach (2001-03) and the past three seasons coordinating the defense (2005-07). He was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at his alma mater, Mississippi, during the 2004 season. Hopson was the defensive backs coach at Marshall University for five seasons (1996-2000) prior to joining the Southern Mississippi staff for the first time. He also worked as a graduate assistant at Florida (1995), Louisiana State (1994) and Tulane (1992) and was the defensive backs coach at Delta State in 1993. Hopson and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Virginia and Hannah.

    Rod Smith
    Quarterbacks
    Smith joined the Mountaineers staff in 2007 as quarterback coach after spending six seasons at the University of South Florida (2001-06). He was the Bulls' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons (2005-06) and coached the quarterbacks and coordinated the passing game from 2001-04. Smith was a member of Rodriguez' original staff at WVU in 2001 as offensive graduate assistant before leaving to take the full-time coaching position at USF. Smith played for Rodriguez at Glenville State and was a 1996 All-American. He earned his degree from Glenville State in 1997 (physical education) and receiving his teaching certificate from Urbana in 2001. Smith and his wife, Charlene, have a son, Alex.

    Bruce Tall
    TBA; Defensive Assistant
    A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Tall joins the Michigan staff after spending the past five seasons as the Mountaineers spur and bandit safeties coach (2003-07). He is quite familiar with the Midwest and the state of Michigan, having served as defensive line coach at Western Michigan in 2002. From 1998-2001, Tall was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Harvard. He was also the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Northeastern (1993-97). Tall was an assistant coach at Cornell (1985-86) and worked two stints at his alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan. He is a 1982 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. He received the 2001 Assistant Coach of the Year award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation. Tall and his wife, Karmen, have three children, Braythan, Karsyn and Kallyn.

    Michael Parrish
    Recruiting/Operations Assistant
    Parrish joins the Michigan staff after a two-year stint with Rodriguez at West Virginia (2006-07). Parrish worked as an Administrative Graduate Assistant after earning his bachelor's degree in business administration from WVU. A member of the American Football Coaches Association.

    Dusty Rutledge
    External Relations/Administrative Assistant
    Rutledge served as the video coordinator at West Virginia from 2001-07. He joined the Mountaineers staff after spending four seasons (1997-2000) as a special assistant to former U-M assistant coach and then Indiana University head coach Cam Cameron (1997-2000). Rutledge was the defensive line coach and special teams coordinator under Rodriguez for three seasons at Glenville State (1994-96). His other coaching experience came as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Fairmont State College (1991-93). Rutledge is originally from Rockford, Ohio.

    I was glad to see RR rehire Fred Jackson, the running backs coach at Michigan.

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    Re: Rich Rod completes staff with new D-Coordinator

    I was somewhat skeptical of Shafer since he coaches at Stanford after all, but after reading some of the things he's said about how he wants us to play D I've kinda warmed up to him a bit. We'll see how it goes...

    I wanted us to retain Soup Campbell as well (I mean all the guy did was turn out NFL-caliber wrs year after year) but I guess the wideouts will play a very different role in RR's offense so I can understand it. Overall, I'm happy with the hires, but the one not mentioned there that I'm most excited about is Mike Barwis, our new S & C coach. Yeah that's right. In fact I'm nearly as excited about him as I am about RR: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...deoid=25899597

    The dude sounds like he eats nails for breakfast and is constantly hopped up on Red Bull! You will notice a difference in the physiques of our players if you're familiar with our previous S & C's training methods.


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    thumbdown Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    This gives cleaning out your office a new meaning:

    Apparently Rich Rodriguez shred player personnel files and other documents prior to coming to the University of Michigan.

    Right after leaving WVU for Michigan, Rod apparently had player files, depth charts, weight training charts, recruitment info, academic records, strengh and conditioning files, personal financial info from players, scholarship info, EVERYTHING all shredded when he left. Usually you leave certain things that should be property or rightful information of the University.

    http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/foot...o_respond.html

    Personally I think this is bushleague. How paraniod can you get? If I were WVU, I'd take his ass to court.
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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    He's a *****...

    Karma is a real MOFO, though...it will get him, sooner or later

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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    Why can't you say P-R-I-C-K?

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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    Way to go, Dick Fraud.
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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    Brummet, OT, but who is that in your sig?

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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    Chuck Hayes
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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    Whether this story is true or not, at first glance it adds to the image many critics in West Virginia are painting of Rodriguez as a slick opportunist.

    And maybe that's the goal.





    During the White House transition in January, one story proved irresistible to many conservative pundits: Departing Clinton staffers had gone on a wild rampage and "trashed" or "vandalized" the White House, even looting Air Force One. Allegations of the Clinton aides' reckless destruction of public property swept through the media. For some, the story symbolized the difference between a morally compromised Clinton presidency and a more dignified, honorable Bush administration.
    An official government investigation, however, reveals one major problem with these stories: They apparently never happened. According to statements from the General Services Administration that were reported on May 17, little if anything out of the ordinary occurred during the transition, and "the condition of the real property was consistent with what we would expect to encounter when tenants vacate office space after an extended occupancy."


    Bottom line? Take the shredding allegations with a grain of salt until someone at West Virginia puts their name to them.
    facts people, looking for facts.......nice smear campaign WVU is running though.

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    Re: Rod really STICKS IT to West Virginia...

    What a first class piece of ****. I agree that WVU should sue him over this. What a bunch of horse crap.

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