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.
Gattis left Penn State for a job under Nick Saban at Alabama ahead of last year. He had been wide receivers coach under James Franklin since 2014.
After one year in Tuscaloosa as co-offensive coordinator, it was reported that he was set to follow his colleague Mike Locksley to Maryland, where he would serve as offensive coordinator.
It looks like Jim Harbaugh got to him first.
Moments ago, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini reported that Gattis will instead take the same spot at Michigan.
Josh Gattis will join Michigan football’s offensive staff, which currently features Pep Hamilton as passing game coordinator.
It is unclear where Gattis will fit in, in relation to Hamilton, who is also assistant head coach, under Harbaugh.
From Feldman on Twitter:
BREAKING: #Alabama Co-OC Josh Gattis will become the new offensive coordinator at #Michigan, sources tell me & @ChrisVannini. This is a big addition for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines: https://t.co/Nxcf5X2EVn
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2019
Gattis, a North Carolina native, does have some experience in the state, serving as Western Michigan’s wide receivers coach in 2011 under Bill Cubit.
He helped oversee one of the most explosive passing attacks and wide receiver units in college football at Alabama this past season.