When you think of necessary moves, the Michigan Wolverines made one recently with the contract extension of defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. The former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator is one of the best at what he does in college football.
The defense has improved drastically since Mattison has taken over defensively and Brady Hoke and the Wolverines want to make sure he doesn’t make another team better.
The second-year coordinator signed a three-year extension on Friday, ensuring his placement in Ann Arbor through the 2016 season. Mattison told Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com that he was elated at the chance to stay at Michigan:
“Michigan is such a special place, and it’s exciting to know I’ll have the opportunity to coach at the greatest program in college football for the next four years, and hopefully long after. Part of the reason I came back here is because I wanted to work with Brady [Hoke] again, and every day I’m thankful I made that decision.”
This is great news for Michigan because the rise of the Ohio State Buckeyes has been alarming to Wolverine fans. Mattison could be the key to keeping Michigan competitive with the Buckeyes and has already made a wealth of difference.
Mattison took a defense that was ranked 110th in the country in 2010 and turned them into a top-20 defense in 2011 and 2012, looking to improve them even more in 2013 with one of the best recruiting classes in the nation. Oh, and not to mention, he is one of the best recruiters in the Big Ten. His 2014 recruiting class (defensively) may be even better than the highly-touted 2013 class.
Michigan may take over as the conference’s best defense for years to come.