With Brandon Burlon (apparently) opting for the pros, Michigan fans hoped to make it through the offseason with any additional attrition. That didn't happen, and this time it was from an off-ice team member. Mel Pearson, longtime assistant coach, had a change of heart and has decided to take the Michigan Tech head coaching job after all.
Pearson initially said no to the Huskies, but ran into their AD a few weeks later and decided to take the still-open job. He told AnnArbor.com that the offer coming so soon after the loss to Minnesota-Duluth played a role in him not accepting the job initially.
Pearson coached at Michigan for 23 years. Andy Reid from TheWolverine ($) put together a list of potential replacements. Some interesting names on that list.
He's definitely got some work ahead of him (Tech won 4 games last year) but he's played a big role in Michigan's success. Hopefully he can bring some of that back to Houghton. Good luck, Coach Pearson! We'll see you in the GLI!