Ann Arbor – Michigan coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison were caught by ESPN cameras in a heated sideline exchange toward the end of the first half against Utah.
Hoke after the game described it as a "discussion."
Mattison, on Monday during a weekly news conference, got emotional discussing the incident in the 26-10 loss last Saturday at Michigan Stadium and his respect for Hoke.
Frank Clark had just recorded a sack for a 13-yard loss for fourth and long, but then Michigan got a 5-yard penalty for sideline interference. That's when Hoke and Mattison had their exchange. The penalty shortened Utah's field-goal attempt.
"It's a heat of a ballgame," Mattison said when asked about the incident. "(Hoke) and I are two of the most competitive people in the world. I'm out there in the middle of the field during a timeout. I got an official saying, 'Get back.' I want to go after him and strangle him because I'm trying to get done what I want, and I've got a head coach being a head coach."
This is when Mattison became emotional, as he talked about Hoke, with whom he's been a friend and colleague for years.
"Let me just say this, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't Brady Hoke," Mattison said. "So, anybody can say anything they want, that man is why I'm here. You should see us play Euchre. You ought to see us when we first knew each other and we used to wrestle each other, or we played basketball against each other. There's no more competitiveness in him or me than anywhere.
"When he said something to me (on the field), I should never have said a word. He's the head football coach. But at that moment, I was upset, because I wanted our guys to do well. He was being a head football coach, which he does a phenomenal job of. So I snapped at him. Good thing it was him – maybe somebody else would have fired me right there."
Michigan had 10 men on the field when Utah's Kaelin Clay reurned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown.
"That's on me," Hoke said. "Do we need to count? Yes. We need to count on the field and off the field. (Punter) Will (Hagerup) has struggled a little bit. He's a better punter than what he has shown. We have to do a little better job with placement and hang time."
Going to the box
Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, in his first season, has been on the field the first four game. He also coaches the quarterbacks and likes to be hands-on with them.
Hoke said Nussmeier will move to the press box to call the offense.
"I like him on the field," Hoke said. "He gets good information (from the box)."
Minnesota at Michigan
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Line: Michigan by 10
Records: Minnesota 3-1, Michigan 2-2
Series: Michigan leads 72-24-3 (Michigan 42-13, Oct. 5, 2013)
Did you know? Michigan and Minnesota are playing for the Little Brown Jug, which has been on the line since 1909, The Wolverines have 22 of the last 23, including the last six.