Mattison 'Fortunate' to Stay at Michigan

Defensive line coach Greg Mattison addressed the media today after Michigan's spring practice. Topics included why he stayed at Michigan, his thoughts on new defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, why he's coaching the defensive line and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Entering his fifth season at Michigan, Greg Mattison may have a different role, but his desire to coach at U-M has never wavered.

In fact, Mattison is perfectly OK with his switch from defensive coordinator to coaching the defensive line this spring on Jim Harbaugh's staff.

"Whenever there is change over, the coach will hire whoever he wants to hire," Mattison said on Harbaugh retaining him on his staff. "I feel very fortunate to stay at Michigan. I love Michigan. I feel very strongly about the players coming back, the guys in this program, and I feel very strongly about Coach Harbaugh. I have known that family for a long time.

"It's just great to be back. That's the thing I'll say."

Indeed Mattison is glad to be back, considering he did have options elsewhere - including the NFL.

"Well, I had a number of offers," Mattison said. "Some in the NFL and things like that. But I made up my mind that if I had the opportunity I would love to stay. So I stayed."

Michigan plays its annual spring game on April 4.

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