With 47 years of coaching experience under his belt, Mattison can say that with sincerity and credibility. It conveys the sheer volume of top-tier talent Michigan’s defenses have consistently produced.
Saturday will be nothing new for Ed Warinner. In fact, there’s not much anymore that is new for Warinner. Michigan’s offensive line coach remembers coaching as a graduate assistant in the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry “30-something years ago.”
It was hard to walk into Schembechler Hall on Monday afternoon without becoming suffocated by the hoards of media members and television cameras lining the room. This week, the vibe was noticeably different.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh walked in and took the podium. His answers were terse. His tone was monotonous. There were no injury updates ahead of Michigan State. There was no discussion of the gameplan, retrospectively nor predictive. Sophomore fullback Ben Mason may or may not be injured. Junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary may or may not play.