Cowboys hire UM defensive backs coach Greg Jackson
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will have to make a new staff hire.
The Dallas Cowboys have hired Michigan defensive backs coach Greg Jackson, according to multiple sources. Jackson was pursued after the 2015 season by the Cincinnati Bengals, as well.
Harbaugh already has lost two from his first staff at Michigan, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, now the head coach at Maryland, and special teams coordinator John Baxter, now at USC.
Jackson, who played 12 seasons as a safety in the NFL, spent four seasons coaching defensive backs for Harbaugh while with the San Francisco 49ers. He worked primarily with safeties. Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers was the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year last season under Jackson’s tutelage.
One position that appears to be open is Michigan’s director of equipment operations — the job opening was posted Tuesday on the university’s official site. Brad Berlin, hired in February, 2014, replaced longtime equipment manager Jon Falk after he retired. A source indicated Berlin, who spent 13 seasons with Washington before moving to Michigan, has been hired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Michigan football program also posted another job opening on Tuesday for a football operations and analytics coordinator.
Adding to the clinic
Baylor coach Art Briles has been added to an already large group of coaches who will participate in Michigan’s coaching clinic next month.
Harbaugh revealed via Twitter on Wednesday that Briles will kick off the clinic on March 10 at UM. The three-day event will feature keynote speakers each night and it concludes with a Michigan spring practice.
Also participating in the clinic is Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Jim Harbaugh’s older brother, and the entire Ravens staff. Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz will speak about offensive football, retired Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will discuss the importance of special teams, and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will discuss the defensive game.
There also are several high school coaches who will speak during the clinic, which begins March 10 with a two-hour registration that begins at 5 p.m. The clinic cost is $75 and for more information, visit, michigancoachesclinic.com.