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Reports: Jim McElwain Offered Spot On Michigan Staff

Florida head coach Jim McElwain speaks at the podium.


Jim McElwain could be joining the staff at Michigan, according to a new report.

Jim McElwain is now a free agent, after an up-and-down tenure at Florida. He was let go by the Gators at mid-season.

Florida went on to hire Dan Mullen to replace him. However, it wasn't long ago that McElwain was seen as a strong hire by Florida.

McElwain coached under Nick Saban at Alabama. He then went on to be the head coach at Colorado State.

In three years in Fort Collins, McElwain was 22-16. He elevated the Rams from 4-8 in his first season to 10-3 before he left for Florida.

Even with the Gators, he found some success. Florida won a weak SEC East twice in a row to start his tenure.

However, he could not keep things going in 2017, starting 3-4 on the year before he was let go. McElwain also never found footing at the quarterback position, after Will Grier left the program following his suspension for performance enhancing drugs.

That doesn't mean that McElwain can't coach, and now he has reportedly been offered to join one of the highest-paid staffs in college football. According to The Wolverine Lounge, Michigan has extended an offer to McElwain to be the team's 10th on-field coach, and would allow the former Gators head coach to call plays if he accepts.

Sources inside the program told The Wolverine Lounge that former Florida head coach Jim McElwain was on Michigan’s campus Tuesday for a job interview.

Walking around Schembechler Hall today, McElwain was approached with an assistant coaching opportunity at Michigan.


McElwain was offered to call plays with a title uncertain, per multiple sources. The interest from Michigan in hiring a new playcaller stems from assistant Dan Enos leaving for Alabama after being hired 17 days prior.

247Sports also reports that McElwain is up for the job. The full post is behind the site's paywall.

McElwain would take the spot previously occupied by former Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos. Enos vacated it after a few weeks to reportedly take a job on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

The Wolverine Lounge's report also names former LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as a potential addition for Michigan. That name is probably a lot less exciting, given his relatively bland offenses with the Tigers.

Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines defeated McElwain's Gators twice in the three seasons both had been in those positions. The Wolverines dominated the 2016 Citrus Bowl 41-7, and won the 2017 season opener in Arlington, Texas 33-17.

[The Wolverine Lounge]