March 7, 2013
A short time after losing a defensive assistant to Oklahoma, Michigan has moved quickly, albeit unofficially, to fill the coaching vacancy on that side of the ball.
CoachingSearch.com is reporting that the Wolverines have hired Roy Manning as an assistant on Brady Hoke's staff, presumably on the defensive side. Manning, who spent last season as running backs coach at Cincinnati, had listed himself as "OUTSIDE LB'S COACH UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN" on his Twitter account, although that was later changed to read simply "ASSISTANT COACH UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN" after word of his hire spread.
Michigan would neither confirm nor deny the development.
If the move comes to fruition, it would serve as a homecoming as Manning played linebacker at UM from 2000-04. He was also a grad assistant at his alma mater in 2011 before moving on to the Bearcats.
Manning was hired by new NIU head coach Rod Carey in mid-January as his running backs coach.
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