ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Earlier this week, Michigan’s Roy Roundtree was watching a classic game on the Big Ten Network, the 1997 contest between the Wolverines and Notre Dame. Roundtree, a junior wide receiver, spotted current Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison on the sideline.
It was the sideline on which Mattison was spotted, however, that stood out.
“It was kind of funny seeing coach Mattison on the other side,” Roundtree told AnnArbor.com. “It was kind of weird.”
Mattison has stood on both sidelines of the Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry. In fact, Mattison is in the first year of his second stint in Ann Arbor after a three-year run in the NFL.
Mattison was a defensive assistant at Michigan from 1992-96 before leaving Ann Arbor for South Bend. Mattison was hired as Bob Davie’s defensive coordinator and served that role for all five years of the Davie Era.
Tyrone Willingham retained Mattison when he took over in 2002. Mattison was ND’s defensive line coach for three years before the Willingham staff was fired. Mattison landed at Florida, where he was reunited with former Irish assistant Urban Meyer. It was at Florida where Mattison helped the Gators to the 2006 national title.
Mattison moved to the NFL, where he was an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens, the final two as defensive coordinator.
When Brady Hoke took over at Michigan this year, Mattison hooked on as defensive coordinator. And for the 10th time, he was part of the ND-Michigan rivalry.
“It’s a great rivalry. You’re talking about two of the greatest schools in college football, in athletics,” he told AnnArbor.com
“I don’t think there are any (two that are) better. I know it’s a huge rivalry for everybody involved in it - it’s Michigan and Notre Dame, that’s what it is.”
Did it really happen?
The NCAA informed Michigan and Western Michigan earlier in the week that based on the NCAA Football Rules Book, it will keep the records of both teams, score of the game and attendance, but will not recognize the statistics from the Sept. 3, game, which was called late in the third quarter because of weather complications. Michigan won the game 34-10.
Both programs and their respective conferences were informed that they have the right to keep the statistics as part of their respective records.
The Big Ten and Mid-American Conference agreed to keep the statistics as a part of their records. That means there will be a one-game discrepancy in statistical information between the NCAA and both schools/conferences.
Whatever happened to …
Speaking of classic games on the BTN, the 2009 ND-Michigan game in Ann Arbor featured a number of faces no longer associated with their respective programs.
Both coaches - Charlie Weis and Rich Rodriguez. Former Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen. And a then-freshman QB at Michigan who looked like he had a shot at stardom.
That quarterback? No, it wasn’t current Wolverine signal-caller Denard Robinson. Robinson that season was a backup to classmate Tate Forcier.
Forcier in Week 2 of that season led the Wolverines to a come-from-behind, last-minute victory over the Irish, and it looked like second-year coach Rodriguez had his quarterback of the future.
Forcier, however, lost his job to Robinson and was declared academically ineligible for the Wolverines’ bowl game last season. After a number of rumored transfer destinations, Forcier ultimately landed at San Jose State, where he must sit out this season.
Michigan long snapper Tom Pomarico is the son of former Irish player Frank Pomarico. The younger Pomarico is a 6-foot-4, 260-pound fifth-year senior. The younger Pomarico played two seasons for South Bend St. Joseph’s High before the family moved to Jackson, Mich.
-- Michigan had a plus-3 turnover margin in its season-opening victory over Western Michigan. It was the first time the Wolverines won the turnover margin since last year’s victory at ND, when they were also plus 3.
-- Michigan’s offensive line allowed just 11 sacks in 2010, which led the Big Ten. The Wolverines did not allow a sack in the season-opener against WMU.