Mattison has had a long career in football at both the college and professional level, with stops at Notre Dame, Texas A & M, MIchigan, Navy, Cornell and Florida. His defense helped lead the Gators to a national championship.
His tie to the Wildcats goes back to Rick Venturi - he was NU's defensive line coach from 1978-80.
Mattison will be coaching half his games in a truly purple venue. The Raven's home field, M&T Bank Stadium, is a true purple palace.