Manning named running backs coach

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Roy Manning is Northern Illinois' new running backs coach.

He replaces Mike Uremovich, who is now at N.C. State with former NIU head coach Dave Doeren.

Manning, who was a linebacker at Michigan from 2000-04 and spent three seasons in the NFL, was the University of Cincinnati's running backs coach last season. He was a graduate assistant at Michigan in 2011, working with the Wolverines' offensive line, and spent 2010 as a defensive assistant with the Bearcats.

“To join a program like Northern Illinois that’s already established itself as a championship team is obviously important,” Manning said in a news release. “This team has won the MAC the last two years, so I’m excited to come on board and bring my energy and knowledge to the running backs room and to the offense. From seeing NIU games on TV, I can tell that this coaching staff has a lot of passion for what they do, and I’m a guy that brings that type of attitude every day. The opportunity to come to a top 25 program is a great fit for me and I couldn’t be more excited to get started.”

- Steve Nitz,, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter


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