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Michigan makes ‘shocking’ hire of OC Josh Gattis

After multiple reports early Thursday that wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis would leave the Alabama Crimson Tide for the offensive coordinator position at Maryland, the Michigan Wolverines and head coach Jim Harbaugh made a move to bring Gattis to Ann Arbor.

At this time, it’s unclear how the rest of Michigan’s coaching staff will look, but there are openings to fill. Jim McElwain (receivers), Greg Mattison (defensive line) and Al Washington (linebackers) have all left for other jobs. Michigan did not operate with an offensive coordinator last fall, instead using quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton as a passing game coordinator and offensive line coach Ed Warinner as a run-game coordinator. At one time, it appeared that Michigan was likely set to tap Ben McDaniels as McElwain’s replacement at receivers coach, but it is unclear if that is still in play.

It is expected that Gattis will head a much more pass-happy offense than the 2018 version of the Wolverines. With All-Big Ten running back Karan Higdon gone to the NFL, Michigan’s offense will be led by quarterback Shea Patterson and standout receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black.

The decision to hire Gattis took some by surprise, but is it a step in the right direction for Michigan to capture its first Big Ten East division title under Harbaugh?

Scroll up to see how some media members reacted to the hire.

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