Michigan football makes quick recovery, hires ideal secondary coach

Michigan football didn't end up getting its first choice for secondary coach, but Lamar Morgan is going to be a perfect fit for the Wolverines all the same.
Michigan acting head coach Sherrone Moore watches a replay during the first half against Ohio State
Michigan acting head coach Sherrone Moore watches a replay during the first half against Ohio State / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Michigan football suffered a blow on Thursday as Stephen Adegoke, the Houston Texans safeties coach decided to stay in the NFL rather than joining the Wolverines as a secondary coach.

Adegoke is a rising star and he had a previous tie to the Wolverines since he was a graduate assistant on the Michigan football staff back in 2021. I think that was the tiebreaker between Adegoke and Louisiana defensive coordinator Lamar Morgan, who I said would be a perfect hire on Tuesday. Now, he is the hire according to Matt Zenitz of 247 Sports.

Morgan coached under Jesse Minter at Vanderbilt. He also spent the past two seasons running the defense for Louisiana. He has also coached safeties and cornerbacks and feels like a dude who could be groomed to take over as Michigan's defensive coordinator in the future after Wink Martindale.

Morgan also had an impressive run the past two seasons at Louisiana as the DC. His defense was first in defensive touchdowns this season plus top-35 in takeaways, sacks, and yards per play allowed. Plus, Louisiana was 14th in interceptions in 2022 and had a top-25 pass defense.

Morgan will have to win over the current Michigan football players, just like Martindale, Greg Scruggs, and Brian Jean-Mary will have to do. The Wolverines have an entirely new defensive staff but have lost just one key player from the defense so far.

A lot of that probably has to do with Sherrone Moore. He's a great leader and there's a reason he was named Michigan football head coach. He's made a bunch of really good hires on defense, but those relationships with players need to be rebuilt. They also need to know they can excel in the defensive scheme, under these defensive coaches.

I'm confident that Moore's hires will be successful and even though he might have technically been the "second choice" Morgan is a perfect fit for the Wolverines.


Now, it's time to get to work.