When defensive coordinator Greg Mattison decided in January to leave the Ravens for the same position at the University of Michigan, one might have thought that the one person within the organization with the most concerns about Mattison's departure was his son.
But Bryan Mattison, who is currently the starting center for the offense, said he wholeheartedly supported his father's decision.
"I was happy for him," Mattison said recently. "I think he likes the college game. I know that he had a great experience here. Moving home and being closer to my sister who just had a baby, I think it was hard to pass up being home and being close to my sister. In the offseason, that's where we are. I talked to my mom, and she said, 'I feel bad that we're leaving.' I said, 'Well, there's no guarantee that I'll be here.' So it's hard to have him stay here for me. That's just the way it goes. I'm happy for Dad and my mom."Mattison said because he and his father were toiling away with their assignments on opposite sides of the line of scrimmage, they didn't converse too frequently at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. But that doesn't mean that Mattison doesn't miss his father's presence.
"We were in the facility, and we kept it professional, but it was kind of cool to come to work and see your dad there," he said. "I guess I'll miss him, but like I said before, I'm happy for him. And I know all the coaches here are happy for him. Chuck Pagano's going to do a great job. That's just the way it goes in coaching."
The Wolverines open the season on Sept. 3 at home against Western Michigan.