MI has hired former Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis as its new offensive coordinator. MI did not use an official offensive coordinator in 2018.
It looks like Jim Harbaugh got to him first.
Gattis' move to MI comes after reports that he could be heading to Maryland to be the offensive coordinator under Mike Locksley.
And, Harbaugh gave Gattis a title on Thursday no one had past year when he said playing-calling was a collaborative effort.
Gattis was only at Alabama for a season and has significant familiarity with the Big Ten and the Big Ten East.
Multiple reports on Thursday had Gattis heading to Maryland to reunite with new head coach Mike Locksley, who coordinated Alabama's offense alongside. Previously, he worked at Penn State as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator under James Franklin. He's had success in this capacity at every stop.More news: AFC Cup: Buoyant Indians raring to go against UAE
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Alabama featured the nation's 6th-best passing offense in 2018, with quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones combining for 4,854 yards, 52 passing touchdowns and just 8 interceptions in 15 games. "Josh will provide leadership to our offense while being a great mentor to our student-athletes and an outstanding addition to our coaching staff".
Gattis will join the Wolverines after MI went without an offensive coordinator in 2018. The Wolverines also bring in four-star running back Zach Charbonnet and return most of their offensive line.
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.
It appears he's banking on Gattis to change that. "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". "I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve as your Offensive Coordinator".