Report: Jay Hopson to Memphis

Well, this is certainly interesting:

Hopson, of course, is the guy responsible for coaching Obi Ezeh and Jonas Mouton, who both had very disappointing performances in their junior seasons in 2009. He was also the guy responsible for securing the commitments of Pearlie Graves and DeQuinta Jones, two much-needed class of 2009 defensive tackles who were last-minute decommits (to Texas Tech and Arkansas, no less).

Now, commence celebrating and speculation about a possible hire of Corwin Brown, the former Wolverine standout and Notre Dame defensive coordinator/super-recruiter who was not retained by Brian Kelly. Best of luck to Hopson at his new job — it will be very interesting to see (1) who Michigan hires to replace him and (2) if there is a dramatic improvement in linebacker play in his absence.

  1. Mikey said:

    I’m so glad he’s leaving, all this garbage about him coaching good linebackers at Southern Miss I thought was ridiculous. I’d like to see Tony go as well, but realistically that is not going to happen.

  2. Ace Anbender said:

    I’m waiting to pass judgment on Gibson — he wasn’t exactly given a ton of talent to work with. If he can’t put together a good secondary in 2011, then I think we’d have to look at other candidates. He’s a solid recruiter also, something that wouldn’t be in our best interests to give up.

  3. Mikey said:

    Actually, I should take back what I said. He was DC(and I think a DB’s coach at one point) at Southern Miss and apparently real good there too. RR should have initially hired him as a DB’s coach and made a better hire at LB’s. Gibson should just be a recruiting coordinator or something for the program.

  4. Jeff said:

    Gibson is actually a solid safety coach as well.. something I wish they would’ve tried earlier in his brief career. Still, wish the man best of luck, and hopefully either GERG takes over the LB’s, or we grab a solid coach after the bowls are over with.

    • Jeff said:

      That was meant to say Hopson, sorry.

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