Two Big Ten football coaches are feuding ahead of the 2019 college football season. They used to work together.
Michigan’s new offensive coordinator, Josh Gattis, used to work under now-Maryland head coach Mike Locksley when the latter was the play-caller at Alabama.
Locksley spoke at Big Ten Media Days about Gattis’ lack of play-calling experience.
Gattis responded on Wednesday while speaking to the media. He had a lengthy response:
“I have tremendous amount of respect for Mike Locksley,” Gattis said. “He called every play. There was never any other comments about that.
“(I’m) 100% confident. Mike Locksley can say I watched him call every play. Ask him where the game plans usually came from! I’m fine with that, you know what I mean? He called every play, and I’ve got a notebook upstairs with a lot of the game plans written down in them.
“I’ve got tremendous respect for him. Obviously, things didn’t work out the way they (could have at Alabama). I consider him a friend and a mentor, and that’s the way I see it. I don’t have any bad feelings. He’s done a tremendous amount for my career. So I respect him for that.
“But as far as my confidence level? It’s extremely high. I prepared for this opportunity. I put myself in a position of being able to be a figure that’s been important. And one of the things that I talk about, when you talk about playcalling and playing games, your call sheet is won Monday through Friday. What you call on Saturday is about putting your kids in a position to be successful. There’s been coordinators out there that have been coordinators for 20 years that aren’t successful. It’s not because they’ve been coordinators for 20 years, it’s because they’re not putting their kids in a position to be successful. You know, you win the game Monday through Friday. It’s something I’ve taken tremendous pride in throughout the years, is making sure I’m a big part of the game plan process at the places I’ve been.
“And also – just because I haven’t called plays before, I’ve recommended a lot of plays during games. That’s where it comes down.
Locksley then responded to Gattis’ comments on Saturday:
“There’s a difference between suggestions and decisions. And I’m sure that notebook he has upstairs has a lot of suggestions in them. And hopefully he’ll utilize them in the right way and make good decisions like I did for Alabama,” he said.
Mike Locksley on Josh Gattis's comments:
"There's a difference between suggestions and decisions. And I'm sure that notebook he has upstairs has a lot of suggestions in them. And hopefully he'll utilize them in the right way and make good decisions like I did for Alabama." pic.twitter.com/Q8zdaRjbKv
— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) August 10, 2019
The Maryland-Michigan game should be a little more interesting than usual this season.
The Terps and the Wolverines are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Nov. 2. It’ll take place in College Park, Md.