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Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 2:05 p.m.

Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison left off assistant coaching award ballot

By Nick Baumgardner

The American Football Coaches Association announced its 2011 Football Bowl Subdivision Coach of the Year winner Monday.

And, no, it wasn't Michigan football defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

The award went to Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker. The other two finalists were Auburn's Trooper Taylor and Oregon State's Danny Langsdorf.


Greg Mattison

The AFCA defines its award as a combination of both "on-field coaching ability" and "service to the community through charitable work and other volunteer activities."

On the field, Mattison helped turn around a Michigan defense that finished 110th in total defense a year ago and pushed it into the top 20 this season.

After allowing 450.8 yards and 35.2 points per game a year ago, Michigan's 2011 defense has allowed 317.6 yards per game and 17.2 points per game.

Iowa's defense has allowed 387.6 yards and 23.3 points per game this season.

Mattison is a nominee for the 2011 Frank Broyles Award, an honor given annually to the country's top assistant coach. The Broyles Award will be announced on Dec. 6.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 5:01 p.m.

This is a two criterian award, on field results and charitable results. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the latter carriers more weight than the former and because GM spent so much time and energy toward on field results, he had litte to spare for charities.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 10:10 p.m.

what a joke.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 8:33 p.m.

They give out a bunch of these...he'll grab a few. Not that he really cares.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:57 p.m.

At least put him on the sheet.....oh well. He has NFL cred...for the recruits....


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:40 p.m.

What a joke! Embarrassing to not even have him on the ballot.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:37 p.m.

Awards: all part of the publicity mechanism at work in both college and pro football. Keep the fan interest at the highest pitch possible even when the objective interest is about equal to post cards and tips for the postman. Mattison is a better than average defensive coordinator: happy to have him at Michigan (even though he once coached under Urban Meyer). No doubt: Greg Mattison is a fine coach and will get plenty of awards - and lots of love from Michigan fans.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:33 p.m.

Greg Mattison doesn't need these kinds of awards. Maybe the Frank Broyles, but he is focused on building a better defense and turning out great players in athletic ability and character.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:27 p.m.

Greg Mattison is Coach of the Year

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

Seriously? Not even on the ballot? This is an award, then, that does not merit attention of serious football fans or of the press. Good Night and Good Luck

Lorain Steelmen

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

Ghost. I agree, if Mattison's name is not even on the ballet, then you have to wonder, if these guys even understand what a coach is? GM, doesn't need an award to understand what he has accomplished. We can say the same for Hoke. These guys truly are focused on, 'those 115 kids'..... In the end, that's all they need.


Mon, Nov 28, 2011 : 7:45 p.m.

Aww, heck, Mattison shouldn't even be mentioned!! It really should go to the WCIMFH who coached up these guys, after all.