Michigan Hires Alabama Assistant As OC, Poaching Him From Maryland

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 11, 2019

Multiple reports on Thursday had Gattis heading to Maryland to reunite with new head coach Mike Locksley, who coordinated Alabama's offense alongside.

Then, apparently, Jim Harbaugh swooped in. The offense in the past has run through a variety of coaches, with Harbaugh having the final say on play calling.

By Thursday afternoon, Gattis was set to become offensive coordinator at MI, according to The Athletic.

Gattis was formerly a safety who played for Wake Forest before getting drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Gattis, a North Carolina native, does have some experience in the state, serving as Western Michigan's wide receivers coach in 2011 under Bill Cubit. He's had success in this capacity at every stop.

Crimson Tide wide receivers shined in Gattis' lone season with the program.

Michigan's offense didn't have an official coordinator in 2018. Jerry Jeudy caught 68 passes for 1,315 yards, 14 touchdowns and won the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top wide receiver. The Wolverines also bring in four-star running back Zach Charbonnet and return most of their offensive line.

Gattis left Penn State for a job under Nick Saban at Alabama ahead of a year ago.

Gattis' departure means Alabama will have a new offensive coordinator for the fourth time in four seasons.

Harbaugh has led MI to three 10-win seasons in four years in Ann Arbor, but hasn't yet gotten over the hump against Ohio State. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted".

MI was without a bonafide offensive coordinator in 2018, with offensive duties being relegated to pass game coordinator Pep Hamilton and run game/offensive line coach Ed Warinner - with Jim Harbaugh having the final say.

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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