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Greg Mattison Reportedly Leaving Michigan For DC Job At Ohio State

He has some old ties to Urban Meyer.

January 07, 2019 - 1:53 pm

The first time Greg Mattison left Michigan he wound up at Notre Dame. This time, he's heading to Ohio State. 

Mattison, who spent the past eight seasons in Ann Arbor, the last four as the Wolverines defensive line coach, is set to be become the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator, according to 247 Sports

Ohio State lost one of its previous co-defensive coordinators, Alex Grinch, to Okahoma over the weekend. The other, Greg Schiano, has reportedly been let go. So in comes Mattison. 

According to multiple reports, Jeff Hafley, previously the defensive backs coach for the 49ers, will be co-defensive coordinator with Mattison. 

Mattison first coached at Michigan under Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr from 1992-1996. He returned in 2011 and served as defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke until 2014. His contract reportedly expired after this season, and it appears that Jim Harbaugh chose not to renew it. 

As for why, it's not yet clear. Michigan's defensive line was a noted strength the past few seasons under Mattison's leadership. 

There's a good chance Mattison was lured to Ohio State by Urban Meyer, who's remaining on staff in an administrative role after stepping down as head coach. The two coached together at Notre Dame from 1997-2000 and again at Florida from 2005-2007 when Mattison served as Meyer's defensive coordinator.

Mattison, 69, might not be the only Michigan coach to change sides in the rivalry this offseason. Outside linebackers/Vipers coach Al Washington is also rumored to be a target of the Buckeyes under new head coach Ryan Day. Washington and Day previously coached together at Boston College. 

If he remains at Michigan, though, Washington is a candidate to fill the position vacated by Mattison.