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Posted on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 2:24 p.m.

Michigan interviews Mark Snyder for vacant assistant coach job

By Dave Birkett

Former Marshall coach Mark Snyder interviewed Sunday with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez for the Wolverines’ vacant linebacker coach job, a person familiar with the meeting said.

Snyder, who spent 5 seasons at Marshall and previously worked as defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel at Ohio State, was expected to meet again with Rodriguez and some of Michigan’s defensive staff at the American Football Coaches Association convention today or Wednesday in Florida.

Jay Hopson left his post as linebackers coach to become defensive coordinator at Memphis last month.

Snyder, who turned down the coordinator job at Memphis, also is a candidate for openings on the staffs at Stanford, Texas Tech and East Carolina.

East Carolina coach Skip Holtz is reportedly the front-runner to become the next head coach at South Florida, a position the Tampa Tribune reported - and confirmed - Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Magee interviewed for on Monday.

Magee declined comment Monday when reached at the convention by

South Florida is expected to hire a coach this week.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Wed, Jan 13, 2010 : 7:35 p.m.

FlintMaize, with the new era in michigan football upon us, tickets to the game are becoming easier to come by. guys at my shop have been giving their tickets away, even for B10 games. attendance wont suffer for years to come, but the people occupying the seats are the kids, grand kids, cousins, and friends of the people who actually bought the tickets. people dont want to fight the crowds and parking to watch michigan D get shredded again by equal competition. Watch Tates baby hands fumble the ball away again.

Courtney Sims

Wed, Jan 13, 2010 : 12:48 p.m.

Good call on Snyder last week in your chat, Birkett. Did you know something or was that a lucky guess?


Wed, Jan 13, 2010 : 12:30 p.m.

I cannot beleive some of the venum on this forum! Some of you must be the same jokers who sold-out to Ohio State and disrespected Michigan by offering them your tickets to Michigan Stadium!


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 11:58 p.m.

A crappy coach at Marshall...Another quality hire...Doesn't Louisville have anyone available? Maybe EMU's coach again? NO ONE who is anyone wants any part of RR's regime!


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 11:03 p.m.

Wow AZ only 1 thinking right on the a2 site..hes a good coach good ties to ohio he will be a good fit get him inked up. Maybe he can teach a LB to do something the last 2 years i forgot what a linebacker was lol hire him rich good call. 8-4 9-3 next year rr keeps his job and the msu fans go back to there web site if they have 1? The way these people on ours i wouldent think so.


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 6:53 p.m.

Considering how good OSU's defense has always been under Tressel, this seems like it would be a tremendous upgrade over Hopson or anyone else we've had.


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 5:30 p.m.

lolacoaster!!! When I first read the titel I thought omg what! Mark Snyder from the free press went to go in and interview for the vacant coaching job. Dave, you almost had me going for a second. I don't know much about Snyder but its a good thing if UM fans like the pick.


Tue, Jan 12, 2010 : 3:47 p.m.

Snyder did a very good job at OSU. Not so much at Marshall. I think he would be a very good selection by Coach Rodriguez to work with Michigan's linebackes.