Josh Gattis is reportedly leaving Penn State for Alabama.
Penn State’s coaching staff took another hit on Friday, as wide receivers coach Josh Gattis has reportedly decided to leave the program to take a job at Alabama. Football Scoop was the first to report the news.
Gattis has been with the Nittany Lions since 2014. While ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg is reporting that Gattis will coach the wide receivers, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman is suggesting that he’ll actually be named the co-offensive coordinator with Mike Locksley, who was just promoted.
Gattis is the third Penn State coach to leave after the 2017 season. Earlier in the offseason, Joe Moorhead took the head coaching job at Mississippi State and brought along running backs coach Charles Huff with him.
Here’s what FootballScoop had to say about Saban’s hiring of Gattis:
Penn State passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Josh Gattis will join the staff as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Gattis had been at Penn State for four seasons and spent two seasons on James Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff before that. While at Vanderbilt Gattis served as James Franklin’s recruiting coordinator and he assists with special teams at Penn State.
Gattis, of course, will need to figure out whether his starting quarterback should be Jalen Hurts, who led the Crimson Tide to the national title game, or Tua Tagovailoa, who won it for them.
Neither Gattis nor Alabama has yet to address the news.
SOURCE: Alabama is hiring Penn State wide receivers coach Josh Gattis. He's expected to coach the Tide wide receivers, previously overseen by Mike Locksley, who has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Football Scoop first reported the move. https://t.co/Pc9OoTIkF6
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 19, 2018
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 19, 2018
Penn State, this past season, finished with an 11-2 mark and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Washington.