Michigan Hires Alabama Assistant As OC, Poaching Him From Maryland

Why Josh Gattis is an astounding hire for Michigan

Why Josh Gattis is an astounding hire for Michigan

MI has reportedly found its offensive coordinator. He was set to join forces with Maryland's new head coach Mike Locksley, with whom he shared the role of offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2018.

Gattis takes over an offense that features a former five-star under center in Shea Patterson and a wealth of offensive talent, including receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Tarik Black and Ronnie Bell and a potential big-play threat in tight end Nick Eubanks.

Gattis was only at Alabama for a season and has significant familiarity with the Big Ten and the Big Ten East. He then spent two years at Vanderbilt as the wide receivers coach/co-offensive coordinator before moving with James Franklin over to Penn State, where he remained until last season, where he took the same role over at Alabama.

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In a statement released by Michigan Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh said, "The offense and passing games under Josh's direction have achieved at a very high level throughout his coaching career".

Gattis coached at Penn State, Vanderbilt and Western Michigan before spending the 2018 season with Alabama. Coach Jim Harbaugh worked with wide receivers coach Jim McElwain, running backs coach Jay Harbaugh and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, among others, in 2018. That offense was hit-or-miss this season at times, and struggled against big-time competition. He stayed with the team through its run in the College Football Playoff despite accepting the head coaching job at Maryland in December.

MI did not have a coach with the offensive coordinator title on staff last season. They haven't finished better than No. 50 in total offense in any of Harbaugh's four seasons. MI scored just 17 points in a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame and 15 points in a Peach Bowl loss to Florida.

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