Michigan promotes Ed Warinner to offensive line coach

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ed Warinner, who joined Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff in January as a senior offensive analyst, officially has been elevated to offensive line coach.

The move, announced Thursday by Michigan, comes as no surprise since the recent departure of Tim Drevno, the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach the previous three years. Drevno is now running backs coach at USC. Former Florida coach Jim McElwain, hired by Harbaugh as receivers coach, likely will be officially named offensive coordinator.

He has more than 30 years of college coaching experience and spent last season as offensive line coach and run-game coordinator at Minnesota.

Warinner signed a two-year contract that was to pay him $250,000 annually as senior analyst.

Before that, he helped build the Ohio State offensive line during a five-year stretch from 2012-2016. He added offensive coordinator to his title in 2015. During his time on the Ohio State staff, the Buckeyes’ offense set single-season program records in 11 categories. Warinner was part of the OSU staffs that led the program to the 2014 national championship, a 2015 Fiesta Bowl win over Notre Dame and the 2016 college football playoffs.

During his lengthy career, Warinner spent two seasons at Notre Dame and two seasons as linebackers and secondary coach at Michigan State (1985-1986).

McElwain has not yet officially been named offensive coordinator. He signed a one-year contract that will play him $300,000 as receivers coach. But the contract also said that if his title changes to coordinator, his “base salary will be reassessed.”