Michigan's feel-good offseason marched on with some good if not surprising news Friday: defensive coordinator Greg Mattison isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Mattison and the school have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2016 season. The 63-year-old Mattison is entering the final year of his original deal with Michigan after returning to the school from the Baltimore Ravens.
"Michigan is such a special place, and it's exciting to know I'll have the opportunity to coach at the greatest program in college football for the next four years, and hopefully long after," Mattison said in a prepared statement. "Part of the reason I came back here is because I wanted to work with Brady [Hoke] again, and every day I'm thankful I made that decision. There's not a better coach or man to work for. But right now we're focused on this year, and we're working every day for these kids."
Mattison has put Michigan's defense back on solid footing after the worst stretch in team history on that side of the ball. The Wolverines went from 110th nationally in defense the year before his arrival to 17th in 2011 and then to 12th last season. Michigan has finished in the top 20 nationally in scoring defense, total defense and pass defense in each of the past two seasons with Mattison at the controls. Mattison was a finalist for the Broyles Award (nation's top assistant) in 2010.
Terms of Mattison's new contract weren't disclosed. Mattison is the Big Ten's highest-paid assistant with a salary of $750,000 (tied with Ohio State's Luke Fickell). He's expected to coach the defensive line as well this season after Jerry Montgomery's departure to Oklahoma.
"We're excited Greg will remain at Michigan for the next four-plus years," Hoke said in a statement. "What he's done for this program, our defense and for our kids on and off the field over the last two years, he's the best there is."
Michigan fans won't argue.
It's likely Michigan will be Mattison's final coaching stop, as he'll be 67 when the new contract runs out. He has been defensive coordinator at Florida, Notre Dame, Western Michigan and with the NFL's Ravens.