Michigan Football just wrapped up an underwhelming 8-5 campaign that ended with a resounding thud in a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. There have been rumors and whispers about changes on Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff. Here’s what we know so far.
Brian Smith, who coached safeties at Michigan, left to become the defensive coordinator at Rice.
Michigan opted not to renew strength and conditioning coach Kevin Tolbert’s contract.
Greg Frey, Michigan’s tackles and tight ends coach, has left to become the offensive line coach at Florida State.
Who might be out
There have been a lot of rumors circulating that Pep Hamilton will be returning to the NFL. As of now he is still on Michigan’s staff.
Alabama is reportedly in hot pursuit of Michigan’s linebackers coach and recruiter extraordinaire Chris Partridge. Michigan would like to retain Partridge, but Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide will certainly make a very compelling offer.
Al Washington has officially joined Michigan’s staff. Washington was the defensive line coach at Cincinnati last season and spent the five years before that at Boston College, where he worked with Don Brown. He will work with the specialized package players in Don Brown’s defensive system and handle a yet to be finalized position group, according to MGoBlue.com.
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Ben Herbert is Michigan’s new strength and conditioning coach. Herbert spent the last five seasons as Arkansas’ strength and conditioning coach. Prior to that he spent 11 years at Wisconsin where he earned notoriety for helping to develop the Badgers consistently excellent offensive lines.
Who is almost in
Dan Enos is expected to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff in the next few days. The former Michigan State quarterback spent the last three seasons as Arkansas’s offensive coordinator. Prior to that he had been the head coach at Central Michigan for five years. Enos is expected to coach Michigan’s wide receivers and be involved in play calling. His role could change depending on what other moves are made.
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More changes are expected so stay tuned for further updates.
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