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March 4, 2013

Michigan hires Roy Manning as assistant

Roy Manning has been hired as an assistant coach by Michigan to fill the void left by Jerry Montgomery's Feb. 23 departure, the university confirmed Monday afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Manning caught Michigan fans' eyes by listing his new credential on his twitter feed.

After a brief speculation period, the official Michigan twitter account sent out the following message:

Manning was a four-year letterwinner for the Wolverines from 2001-04, starting 10 games at outside linebacker for the Maize and Blue as a fifth-year senior. He made 39 tackles, including five for loss.

Manning spent three seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals.

He was a defensive assistant with the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2010, an offensive grad assistant at Michigan in 2011 and he returned to Cincinnati in 2012 to serve as the running backs coach. He accepted the same position with Northern Illinois in January but now appears on the move again.

While Manning originally posted on twitter he would be the outside linebackers coach, he has since changed the headline to just "assistant coach."

Montgomery coached Michigan's three- and five-techniques (defensive tackles and strongside ends) for two seasons before moving on to Oklahoma.

U-M has not announced how it will restructure its coaching staff.

TheWolverine.com will have more on this story in the hours to come.

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