Thursday, February 25, 2016

Michigan Thursday: Updates More Staff News

In this day and age, it's a shock when we don't hear that someone is interviewing or going to accept a job.    Well it happened folks.  

The staff member to the right is a Jimmy new hire.  This is former Cleveland Browns defensive QC Tony Tuioti.  He seems to have been added to Jimmy's staff and we found out after a picture with a recruit yesterday.  Tony played football (DT) at Hawaii and below is his college/pro coaching background.

2008-09           University of Hawaii, director of player personnel
2010-11           University of Hawaii, defensive tackles coach
2012-13           University of Hawaii, linebackers coach
2014-16           Cleveland Browns, defensive quality control coach

This is a strategic hire for the need for quality DT's in the 2017 class.  I'm sure that is the reason over Michigan's opening opponent next season. :)

Sam Web is also reporting that former Philadelphia Eagles Assistant coach Brian Smith is inline for the DB coaching gig.   Brian was reportedly ready to join Chip Kelly in San Francisco two weeks ago.   Here is Brian's Bio from the Eagles web site:

After spending eight seasons (2007-14) with the New York Jets, Brian Smith was named the Eagles assistant linebackers coach during the 2015 offseason. He most recently assisted in the coaching of the Jets defensive backs from 2013-14.

In his first season as assistant defensive backs coach in 2013, he helped in the development of first round CB Dee Milliner, who earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors after finishing December with 27 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

Smith originally joined the Jets in 2007 as the team’s quality control/offense coach and held various positions on the team’s coaching staff during his eight-year tenure with the team.

A three-year starter in the secondary at the University of Massachusetts, Smith began his coaching career at his alma mater in 2004, tutoring the team’s outside linebackers. He was named the team’s wide receivers coach the following season, where he worked with New York Giants All-Pro and Pro Bowl WR Victor Cruz.

Smith played and coached under Don Brown at UMass.

  • Biff Poggi father of Henry who was rumored to be taking a role on Jimmy's staff, then seemed to take another HS coaching role now seems to be back on board in A2 as the assistant head coach of special projects.  

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