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Michigan Makes Surprising Offensive Coordinator Hire

Josh Gattis spent four seasons at Penn State before he was at Alabama in 2018. More Josh Gattis spent four seasons at Penn State before he was at Alabama in 2018. More
Cary Erickson | 11 January, 2019, 10:57

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. Previously, he worked at Penn State as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator under James Franklin. "Josh will provide leadership to our offense while being a great mentor to our student-athletes and an outstanding addition to our coaching staff". Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire a former wide receivers coach to run the offense could signal a willingness to open up the offense.

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.

Gattis was only at Alabama for a season and has significant familiarity with the Big Ten and the Big Ten East.

According to a report by The Athletic's Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini, Josh Gattis has been hired by MI to become the new offensive coordinator.

According to multiple reports, Alabama co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis will take over as Michigan's offensive coordinator. "This is the leadership challenge I've coveted".

Gattis will join the Wolverines after MI went without an offensive coordinator in 2018.

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Sarkisian replaced Lane Kiffin, who took the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic after the 2016 season. McElwain is now the head coach at Central Michigan.

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

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.

Michigan's offense didn't have an official coordinator in 2018. With starting quarterback Shea Patterson and most of the offense returning, Gattis should have plenty of weapons to improve the unit in 2019.

It bears mention that Locksley, not Gattis, held that role at Alabama.