Michigan has hired a former college defensive coordinator to its coaching staff.
Chris Vannini of The Athletic reported on Sunday that the Wolverines hired Albany defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski to its coaching staff as an analyst. Soon after, Dudzinski’s Twitter account added “University of Michigan” to its bio section.
Source: Michigan is adding Albany defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski as an analyst, a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Athletic. Dudzinski worked under Don Brown at UMass.— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 16, 2020
Dudzinski spent four years with Albany — all of which he spent as associate head coach. The past two seasons were as defensive coordinator, as well.
Other stops Dudzinski has made during his coaching career include Maryland, where he was defensive coordinator in 2015, and UMass, where he coached alongside current Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown.
Dudzinski is the second coach the Wolverines have hired this month to fill “analyst” roles. The team added former Penn State offensive line coach Matt Limegrover as a senior analyst Feb. 8.
Simpson, Teske make Michigan Basketball history
Zavier Simpson and Jon Teske might not be remembered as two of the best players in Michigan basketball history, but they are two of the winningest.
With the Wolverines’ 89-65 victory over Indiana Sunday, the duo picked up win No. 105 for their careers. MLive reporter that the victory propelled them over other Michigan players such as Glen Rice, J.P. Oosterbaan and Mark Hughes from the 1986-89 teams, and Jordan Morgan, who played from 2011-14.
“The beauty of it all (is) looking at Zavier as well as Jon and seeing they broke the record for the most wins in Michigan history. That says a lot about their body of work and what they’ve done representing that block ‘M,’” coach Juwan Howard told reporters after the game.
In addition to the Wolverines celebrating the two players accomplishment, the team celebrated strengthening its case for an NCAA Tournament bid.
Michigan now sits at 16-9, with a .500 7-7 record in Big-10 play. The Wolverines have won five of their last six games. They will hope to build on their success throughout the week, with a pair of road games approaching against Big-10 foes Rutgers and Purdue.
Wolverines WR target could make immediate impact
Michigan is one of many teams recruiting three-star wide receiver Andrel Anthony Jr. But what could give the Wolverines a foot up on everyone else is the potential for an immediate role with the team.
WolverinesWire recently caught up with Anthony Jr., who aside from starring on the football field has also turned heads on the basketball court.
“Coach Gattis was talking to me about how many receivers they have on scholarship if I was to go there my freshman year, things like that,” Anthony Jr. told the site. “Basically, him and Coach Roundtree are saying I could be an immediate factor. That’s something to look forward to.”
The Wolverines wide receiver group is far from bare heading into the 2020, especially with stud Nico Collins returning for the season. But there could still be room made for someone with Anthony Jr’s play making ability.
Collins and Bell will likely make up the Top-2 options for Michigan, but there could certainly be a rotation of sorts with Giles Jackson and others for the No. 3 receiver.
- After it was reported that Mel Tucker would not retain any of Mark Dantonio’s coaching staff, he went ahead and did the opposite. Tucker will be retaining Mike Tressel and Ron Burton. Of course, Michigan fans are hoping he keeps everyone — especially on offense.
- Colorado, meanwhile, is still trying to replace Tucker after he left for the MSU job. It appears the program is considering Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the job.