Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is leaving Tuscaloosa to join the coaching staff at MI, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN Thursday afternoon. With Gattis on staff, the Crimson Tide posted the best offensive season in program history 522 yards per game and 45.6 points per game. Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire a former wide receivers coach to run the offense could signal a willingness to open up the offense. He and new Maryland head coach Mike Locksley were co-offensive coordinators together at Alabama.
What that means for Pep Hamilton remains to be seen, given that there has been no indication at this juncture that Hamilton or any other offensive staff have been let go.More news: Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with 48-megapixel camera launched: Price, specifications, features
The 34-year old held the same position at Penn State (2014-17) and Vanderbilt (2012-13), and served as Western Michigan's wide receivers coach in 2011.
Gattis has specialized in coaching wide receivers during his first nine years of coaching at the college level.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘to take legal action’ against model Jasmine Lennard
Alabama, like MI, was long known for a run-heavy offense but recently evolved to a more modern approach with quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa.
Gattis takes over an offense that features a former five-star under center in Shea Patterson and a wealth of offensive talent, including receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Tarik Black and Ronnie Bell and a potential big-play threat in tight end Nick Eubanks.More news: Transfer: Michy Batshuayi to return to Chelsea
There were reports earlier Thursday that Gattis had accepted a job on Maryland's staff.