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Some Former Michigan Football Assistants Find Jobs At Pittsburgh, Indiana

Rich Rodriguez and his entire coaching staff were fired earlier this month, but the majority of his assistants have already found work elsewhere. Rodriguez is expected to take a year off from football and likely get a head coaching job somewhere in 2012, but six of his assistants at Michigan are already employed once again.


One of his assistants, Fred Jackson, is still working at Michigan. Although the coaching staff he was part of was technically fired, new head coach Brady Hoke retained him. Jackson has been Michigan's running backs coach for nearly 20 years and now for four different head coaches, so it's no surprise he is still in Ann Arbor.


Three of Rodriguez's former assistants are now at Pittsburgh to work under new head coach Todd Graham (he left Tulsa for Pittsburgh). Calvin Magee, who was the offensive coordinator at Michigan, now is the co-OC of the Panthers. Tony Gibson, who was Michigan's cornerbacks coach, now holds that position and the recruiting coordinator job for Pittsburgh. Finally, former Michigan wide receivers coach Tony Dews is now Pittsburgh's tight ends coach.


Two other former Michigan assistants from the Rodriguez era are still in the Big Ten. Both Rod Smith, the Wolverines' former quarterbacks coach, and Greg Frey, their former offensive line coach, are now at Indiana holding the same jobs. Smith will also be Indiana's co-offensive coordinator.