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Manning bolts NIU for Michigan

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Roy Manning is off to the Big Ten less than two months after being named Northern Illinois’ running backs coach.

The former University of Michigan linebacker was named outside linebackers coach at his alma mater Monday.

Manning was hired at NIU on Jan. 16. He spent the 2011 season as a graduate assistant at Michigan and was the running backs coach at Cincinnati in 2012.

Manning was a linebacker at Michigan from 2000-04, playing in 37 games throughout his career and starting in 10 games during the 2004 season, when Michigan won the Big Ten and played in the Rose Bowl.

“I’m excited to come back home to the University of Michigan,” Manning said in a Michigan news release. “I played and went to school here, and there is no place like it, anywhere. I want to thank Coach [Brady] Hoke and the rest of the staff for giving me this opportunity. I understand the significance of saying, ‘I am a Michigan Man,’ and I will work every day to make our kids better players, students and, most importantly, people. It is a tremendous honor to be here, and now it is time to go to work.”

During his short stint in DeKalb, Manning played a big part in the recruitment of Akron, Ohio athlete Aregeros Turner, who Rivals rated as a three-star running back. Turner was recruited by Manning at Cincinnati, and originally committed to the school before Butch Jones took the Tennessee job. At his press conference on National Signing Day, NIU coach Rod Carey said Turner wouldn’t have been part of the Huskies’ recruiting class without Manning on the staff.

Carey had originally completed his coaching staff with the hiring of cornerbacks coach Kelvin Sigler on Feb. 18, but will have to round it out with one more hire after Manning’s departure.

NIU begins spring practice March 20. The spring game will be held April 13.

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