Barring a surprise, Michigan linebackers coach Jay Hopson will become Memphis' new defensive coordinator.
Memphis head coach Larry Porter has recommended Hopson to the Tennessee Board of Regents. These recommendations almost always are approved, so expect Hopson to leave his post in Ann Arbor.
This seems like a good move for Hopson, who served as Southern Miss' defensive coordinator from 2005 to 2007 before joining Rich Rodriguez's staff at Michigan. Also, there were no guarantees that Rodriguez would keep his defensive staff intact, especially after a poor performance on that side of the ball for the second straight season.
Linebackers Stevie Brown (1st), Obi Ezeh (3rd) and Jonas Mouton (4th) ranked as three of Michigan's top four tacklers this season, but it wasn't a banner year for the crew. Ezeh's numbers dipped, and Michigan ranked 10th in the Big Ten against the run (171.9 ypg).
If Hopson is approved as Memphis' D-coordinator, Rodriguez should absolutely go after former Notre Dame assistant Corwin Brown as a replacement. Brown, who played at Michigan, is a tremendous recruiter who has coached with Notre Dame and the New York Jets. New Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly didn't retain Brown on his new staff.
Brown to Michigan seems like a no-brainer, as long as he wants the job.