ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With former defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin now the head coach at Maryland, Michigan needed an answer at a few coaching positions of need in Durkin's absence.
For the bowl game, some of those questions have been answered.
In a previously released statement, U-M announced that Director of Player Personnel Chris Partridge had been hired by the Wolverines for the linebacker position coach position left vacated by Durkin. Now, in his Citrus Bowl teleconference, U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that Greg Mattison would serve as the defensive coordinator for the bowl game.
"Greg Mattison is going to coordinate the defense," Harbaugh said. "We've also hired Chris Partridge to coach the linebackers. That will be for the bowl season and then we'll evaluate from there... We're excited to have Greg to coordinate the defense, I think he'll do a fantastic job."
Harbaugh says that there isn't a set timeframe to name a new defensive coordinator, the team is focused on winning its next game and go from there. However, he didn't rule out whether the hire would be from within the program, Mattison included.
"All possiblities are being considered right now," Harbaugh said. "That's one of them, absolutely. Greg's a fantastic coach, he's one heck of a good coach. He can certainly handle the pressure calling on defenses, he would be excellent. That's a possibility.
News and Notes:
- Jim Harbaugh said Jake Rudock is still a possibility to play in the bowl game. Harbaugh said that he hasn't thrown yet but he believes he will soon.
- Harbaugh also ruled out Ryan Glasgow for the bowl game.
- Harbaugh called the relationship between himself and Jim Hackett "A++" and is trying to talk him into staying.