It’s late on Thursday evening and some things are brewing with Michigan’s coaching staff, so here are some brief thoughts on the current situation:
Tim Drevno (OL/RGC) and Pep Hamilton (QB/PGC): Both of these guys are still in Ann Arbor. More specifically, they’ve been on the road recruiting for Michigan leading up to National Signing Day. Drevno played Top Golf with Rice transfer prospect Calvin Anderson, and Hamilton has been offering quarterbacks. Which one of these guys is going to go, and when? With the early signing period in December, it feels late to be making coaching changes, but maybe it’s important to keep in mind that the old “National Signing Day” in the first week of February has not arrived. It’s not uncommon for coaches to be moving after NSD, but we’re not there yet. I’m not a fan of coaches leaving as soon as kids sign on the dotted line, but that kind of thing happens sometimes. I’m not alone in the belief that one or both of these coaches need to go. Aside from the head coach, these two guys are the most culpable for Michigan’s abysmal offense in 2017. I don’t see how anyone on the staff, the fans, or the players can feel confident going into 2018 if neither one is replaced.
Dan Enos (WR): We all thought it was weird when Dan Enos signed on to be “wide receivers coach” when he’s historically been a head coach, an offensive coordinator, a quarterbacks coach, and a running backs coach. The belief a couple weeks ago was that he would become a coordinator in one phase of the game or another, and now he appears to be headed to Alabama to be their quarterbacks coach and assistant head coach. It’s kind of insulting to expect a former FBS head coach to wait around as a minor position coach just to see if one of your coordinators will leave, so Jim Harbaugh needs to poop or get off the pot when it comes to the Drevno/Hamilton situation. Otherwise, it’s very likely going to derail everything he’s trying to do in Ann Arbor, because Michigan needs to gain momentum next year.
There’s too much turnover: In the first year or two, I didn’t mind the turnover at Michigan. The Wolverines were bringing in up-and-comers (Chris Partridge, Devin Bush Jr.), and they were losing some other up-and-comers (D.J. Durkin). I believe there’s too much turmoil within the football program, both on the coaching staff and in the off-the-field personnel. Think of the people who have come and gone in just three years: Durkin, Rick Finotti, Jim Minick, Tony Tuioti, Greg Jackson, Tony Tuioti, Dan Enos, Tyrone Wheatley, Jedd Fisch, Greg Frey, Dan Enos, Kevin Tolbert, Brian Smith, Bam Richards. I’m sure I’m missing some, so that’s a partial list of coaches and recruiting personnel totaling 14+ people who have left. There was a rumor last week that Jim Harbaugh reached out to Mike Hart to see if Hart was interested in returning to Ann Arbor, and Hart said he was just fine with his place in Bloomington, Indiana.
Sherrone Moore (TE) and Al Washington (LB): From everything I have seen from Moore so far, I think he’s going to be an excellent recruiter at Michigan. The same can be said for Washington. I’m confident that Washington will mesh well with Don Brown on the defensive side, and we’ll see how Moore works out on the field with the tight ends. They might not bring a lot of name recognition, but at least they bring the aspect of being energetic recruiters to help Michigan get over the hump in some areas where they have been struggling. In addition, I think these guys are young enough where they won’t be pulled away for big-time jobs in just one year’s time. Coaches change jobs frequently, but hopefully these two can stick around for at least three to four years to keep some continuity.
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