MI hires Alabama assistant Josh Gattis as new OC

MI hires Alabama assistant Josh Gattis as new OC

Josh Gattis was supposed to be on the move from Alabama to the Big Ten, but he has reportedly changed his mind on the job that he will take.

The Athletic's Chris Vanini and Bruce Feldman were first to report the hire.

Rumors were abound that Alabama co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Josh Gattis would leave the program, but the rumored destination was that he would join former Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Mike Locksley in College Park, Maryland.

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. This is the leadership challenge I've coveted". He previously coached for six years under James Franklin at Vanderbilt and Penn State.

Gattis joins a staff that was coordinated by-committee in 2018, with Harbaugh, assistant head coach/passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, wide receivers coach Jim McElwain and the rest of the offensive staff participating in game-planning and play calling.

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

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

Gattis coached wide receivers at Western Michigan in 2011, helping Jordan White become an All-American.

Michigan's offense has been criticized over the last couple of months due to blowout losses at Ohio State and against Florida in the Peach Bowl. MI did lose two assistants in this past week, with former defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington both joining Ryan Day's new staff at Ohio State. Locksley was hired in December as Maryland's new head coach.

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. With Shea Patterson back for his senior season in 2019, that ratio could be different next season.

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