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Michigan Hires Alabama Assistant As OC, Poaching Him From Maryland

11 January 2019

MI has hired former Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis as its new offensive coordinator.

Gattis will join the Wolverines after MI went without an offensive coordinator in 2018. Gattis spent one season with the Crimson Tide after spending four seasons on James Franklin's staff at Penn State.

Moments ago, The Athletic's Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini reported that Gattis will instead take the same spot at MI. "Josh will provide leadership to our offense while being a great mentor to our student-athletes and an outstanding addition to our coaching staff. MI football looks forward to having Josh, Tesa and their children, Jace and Reece, join our university family".

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After one year in Tuscaloosa as co-offensive coordinator, it was reported that he was set to follow his colleague Mike Locksley to Maryland, where he would serve as offensive coordinator. "My family and I couldn't be more excited to arrive in Ann Arbor". Jaylen Waddle, Henry Ruggs III and Irv Smith, Jr. each had more than 700 receiving yards en route to the Tide winning the SEC title and playing in the College Football Playoff National Championship. In addition to the hire of Gattis, defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive assistant Al Washington both departed for Ohio State earlier this week.

Gattis joined Nick Saban's coaching staff in January 2018 as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. McElwain is now the head coach at Central Michigan.

It looks like Jim Harbaugh got to him first. According to The Athletic, Gattis will take over play-calling.

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Alabama, like MI, was long known for a run-heavy offense but recently evolved to a more modern approach with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.

MI last hired an Alabama assistant to be the team's offensive coordinator before the 2014 season. With Shea Patterson back for his senior season in 2019, that ratio could be different next season.

Harbaugh's staff has undergone some significant changes this offseason after he said following Michigan's loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl that he expected very few.

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Michigan Hires Alabama Assistant As OC, Poaching Him From Maryland