Anthony Campanile, Wolverine

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11Jan 2019
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Anthony Campanile, Wolverine

Anthony Campanile (image via NJ.com)

Boston College co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile has been hired to Michigan’s staff. He ostensibly replaces linebackers coach Al Washington, who went to Ohio State, though it’s not clear what exact position group Campanile will coach in Ann Arbor.

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10Jan 2019
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Josh Gattis, Wolverine

Josh Gattis (image via 247 Sports)

Michigan announced on Thursday afternoon that Alabama co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis has been named the offensive coordinator. Earlier in the day, he was reported to be headed to Maryland for their OC job. Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos is reportedly being elevated to offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide.

This is a weird development, because the last we heard, Pep Hamilton (QB coach) and Ed Warinner (OL coach) were both planning to stay on Michigan’s staff, and Harbaugh was supposedly keeping offensive analyst Ben McDaniel on as wide receivers coach. Into town blows Gattis, who would seemingly make McDaniel superfluous, along with usurping some supposed responsibilities from Hamilton and Warinner. On top of all that, it was reported prior to Michigan’s announcement that Gattis was headed to Maryland. Which one of those guys is on his way out of town? I’m sure we’ll find out shortly.

I can’t help thinking this is a positive development for Michigan, because Gattis (34 years old) is a young coach, a very good recruiter, and someone who’s not averse to tempo. He also has a great track record of developing wide receivers, including All-Americans Jerry Jeudy (Alabama), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt), and Jordan White (Western Michigan), plus All-Big Ten guys Daesean Hamilton and Chris Godwin (Penn State). Basically, the worst he has done is coach Hamilton and Godwin at PSU, two guys who are in the midst of carving out solid NFL careers with the Broncos and Buccaneers, respectively.

Here’s what the staff looks like now:

HC: Jim Harbaugh
OC/WR: Jim McElwain Ben McDaniel Josh Gattis
QB: Pep Hamilton?
TE: Sherrone Moore
OL: Ed Warinner?
RB: Jay Harbaugh
DL: Greg Mattison
DC/LB: Don Brown
Viper/OLB: Al Washington
CB: Mike Zordich
S: Chris Partridge

8Jan 2019
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Greg Mattison and Al Washington, Ex-Wolverines

Greg Mattison

Defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington have both fled to Columbus, Ohio. Mattison had been Michigan’s defensive coordinator under Brady Hoke from 2011-2014, and he was demoted to defensive line since 2015, working under defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin that first year and then Don Brown the past three seasons.

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2Dec 2018
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Jim McElwain, Ex-Wolverine

Jim McElwain

Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain will reportedly be the new head coach at Central Michigan. McElwain spent just one season in Ann Arbor after previously being the head coach at Florida and Colorado State, along with being an offensive coordinator at Alabama. Central Michigan fired head coach John Bonamego at the end of the season, a 1-11 year and the worst in program history (Bonamego was 7-6, 6-7, and 8-5 the previous three seasons).

McElwain appeared to do a good job as the wide receivers coach this season. I heard positive reports from behind the scenes about his personality. And on the field, his charges performed well. While they didn’t put up huge numbers, they generally caught the balls that came to them and created some big plays. Donovan Peoples-Jones was a third team all-conference player (39 catches, 541 yards, 7 TD), Nico Collins had a breakout season (33 catches, 552 yards, 6 TD), and freshman Ronnie Bell was a low-ranked prospect who came in and caught 8 passes for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns.

It’s unclear how much McElwain was involved in play calling, since Michigan did not name an offensive coordinator this season. It has been assumed that McElwain, Pep Hamilton, and Ed Warinner all had some say in game planning, along with head coach Jim Harbaugh. McElwain also has not been known as an ace recruiter, so he should not be missed too much in that respect, either.

It’s too early to tell who will emerge as a possible replacement. Graduate assistant Roy Roundtree (a former Wolverine wide receiver) came to Michigan this season to work with the position, but his resume is rather thin after one year at Michigan and previously having coached at Indiana State. I would be very surprised if Michigan promoted him to the open wide receivers coach gig, except perhaps as a short-term replacement through the bowl game and for recruiting purposes.