The intense rivalry between Michigan and Ohio State should be even better next season due to an interesting coaching move from Greg Mattison. After spending the past eight years with the Wolverines, the defensive assistant is now part of the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.
Mattison served as the defensive coordinator for Michigan back in 2011, but the hiring of Jim Harbaugh resulted in him taking a slightly lesser role. He spent his time coaching the defensive line and linebackers since 2014.
The uproar from Michigan isn’t about Mattison leaving the program, it’s about him joining its biggest rival. Taking a job at Ohio State will never sit well with the players or fans in Ann Arbor.
Former four-star recruit Aidan Hutchinson opened up Mattison going from Michigan to Ohio State.
Hutchinson is thankful for his time alongside the assistant coach and has expressed that in the past. Having said that, the Michigan native did reveal that he feels betrayed by Mattison’s decision to join Ohio State.
“I’m not taking any of that away from him. But you get a big feeling of betrayal. He told me he’s either retiring or he’s renewing the contract, so I’m like, ‘Oh, OK.’ I found out he’s leaving, I’m like, ‘Oh, OK, whatever.’ He then said Ohio State and that kinda makes your stomach turn a little bit. He taught me a lot, I’m not taking that away from him, but it gives you a different mindset on things.”
Michigan will host Ohio State next season for the regular season finale.
Mattison will try to prove his worth for the Buckeyes by attempting to slow down Shea Patterson and the Wolverines.