Tim Drevno is no longer on the Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff, several outlets, including The Wolverine Lounge and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, are reporting Friday after speculation began leaking a day earlier.
Drevno arrived at Michigan in 2015, in Harbaugh’s first season, as offensive coordinator. But with the recent hiring of former Florida head coach Jim McElwain and former Ohio State offensive-line coach Ed Warinner, most recently at Minnesota, it was not entirely clear how the offensive coaching responsibilities would be divvied up. Michigan hired Warinner as a senior offensive analyst.
Harbaugh recently said he expected no further changes to his staff.
It would appear now that McElwain, hired to coach receivers, will take over play-calling duties, while Warinner will coach the offensive line, which was Drevno’s other assignment.
Michigan’s offense, which lost starting quarterback Wilton Speight to injury early in the season, then saw backup Brandon Peters suffer a concussion late in the season, struggled mightily during its 8-5 season last fall.
Michigan finished with nine passing touchdowns, its worst production since 1975. The Wolverines averaged 348.9 yards per game and an offensive line that has lacked consistency the last several years, gave up 36 sacks.
Drevno signed a new five-year deal last January that paid him $1 million a year with a $150,000 signing bonus. He was making $800,000 from his previous contract. The contract stipulates that if he leaves for another assistant coaching position, he would owe Michigan $150,000. If he leaves for a head coaching job he would owe nothing.
Harbaugh and Drevno have a long coaching history beginning at the University of San Diego (2003-06). They worked 11 years together at three different spots before arriving at Michigan. He was the offensive line coach under Harbaugh at the 49ers during the 2011-13 seasons before heading to USC. Drevno also worked for Harbaugh at Stanford (2007-10).
MICHIGAN 2018 STAFF
With the departure of offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, this is what Michigan’s staff likely will look like in 2018 (* -- new):
*Jim McElwain: offensive coordinator, wide receivers
Pep Hamilton: assistant head coach/pass-game coordinator
*Ed Warinner: offensive line
Jay Harbaugh: running backs, co-special teams coach
*Sherrone Moore: tight ends
Don Brown: defensive coordinator
Greg Mattison: defensive line
Chris Partridge: safeties, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator
*Al Washington: linebackers, special teams assistant
Mike Zordich: cornerbacks