Former Hawaii defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa has landed in Ann arbor with a new job. Michigan announced Lempa has joined the staff as a senior defensive analyst under Jim Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Don Brown.
“Kevin is a great addition to our football program and defensive staff,” said Harbaugh in a released statement. “He adds a wealth of experience and knowledge on the defensive side of the ball, and Kevin’s working relationship with Coach (Don) Brown will be a big asset for our team.”
“I am very excited and honored to become part of Coach Harbaugh’s staff,” Lempa said in his released statement. “I am also fired up to be working with Coach Brown again.”
Lempa resigned from his position with the Hawaii program following the 2016 season. He previously served as a defensive backs coach at Boston College from 2013 through 2015, when Brown was the defensive coordinator of the Eagles.
As a defensive analyst, Lempa will not have any hands-on instruction with the Michigan roster but will assist in film breakdown and other orders of business in preparing Michigan’s game plan.
The reports of a couple of weeks ago have indeed come to fruition.
Earlier this month, speculation had Devin Asiasi considering a transfer from Michigan back closer to his home on the West Coast. Tuesday night, the tight end’s head coach confirmed the transfer part of the equation.
“Yeah, he’s moving on, transferring,” Jim Harbaugh said according to mlive.com. “He leaves in great status. He was doing great in school, doing great in football, really popular and well-liked by his teammates.
“We wish him well.”
USC and UCLA are currently rumored to be among Asiasi’s potential landing spots. One of Asiasi’s former high school teammates, Boss Tagaloa, plays defensive tackle for the Bruins and the two players had talked of going to the same school when they were recruits. The Trojans were a finalist before Asiasi opted for the Wolverines as well.
As a 6-3, 287-pound true freshman last season, Asiasi played in all 13 games. He caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.
A four-star recruit in last year’s class coming out of high school at Concord De La Salle High School, Asiasi was rated as the No. 3 tight end in the country and the No. 12 player at any position in the state of California. In addition to UM, USC and UCLA, Asiasi held offers from, among others, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.
Michigan reportedly adds ex-Vikings QBs coach as offensive analyst
Jim Harbaugh has added more experience and another “name” to his Michigan football staff.
According to NFL.com‘s Albert Breer, Harbaugh has hired Scott Turner as an offensive analyst. Harbaugh’s nine-man on-field coaching staff is already full, but Turner could be in line to join that group if/when the NCAA approves a 10th assistant.
Turner, the son of former Washington, Oakland and San Diego head coach Norv Turner, spent the past three seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Per source, Michigan is hiring highly-regarded ex-Vikings QBs coach Scott Turner as an offensive analyst.
Yeah, it’s a long-snapper, but it’s not a punter, right? And it’s the offseason, so there’s that too.
Regardless, Scott Sypniewski (pictured, No. 31) announced in late December that he had decided to transfer from Michigan. A month and a half later, the long-snapper took to his personal Twitter account to announce that he has decided to transfer to Vanderbilt.
Sypniewski will be coming to the Commodores as a graduate transfer, giving him immediate eligibility for what will be his final season of college football.
In the end, and at least when it comes to the Michigan angle, it was much ado about nothing.
Much to the chagrin of ESPN talking head Paul “Pete” Finebaum, Jim Harbaugh had hired Michael Johnson Sr. as a part of his UM football staff in an unspecified role, with the expectation being that the one-time NFL coordinator would be added as an on-field assistant once the NCAA approved a 10th full-time assistant. That proposal is instead expected to be delayed until January of next year, leaving Johnson, the father of the top dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019, as a very overqualified football staffer in Ann Arbor as Harbaugh’s current nine-man staff is full.
In what’s seemingly a related development, it’s now being reported that Johnson will take a job as the wide receivers coach at Oregon instead.
Johnson would replace David Reaves, who “resigned” earlier this month not long after being arrested on a drunk-driving charge. Interestingly, Johnson’s new boss in Eugene would be Willie Taggart, a former Harbaugh assistant at Stanford who remains one of the head coach’s closest friends in the profession.