Ann Arbor – Jedd Fisch said it was tough to leave Michigan, but the lure of running an offense again was impossible to ignore.
Fisch, who was the Wolverines’ pass-game coordinator the last two years, is now the offensive coordinator at UCLA. He flew in from Los Angeles to join is wife, Amber, Thursday night at the “Dancing with the Michigan Stars” to raise money for the ChadTough Foundation, started by Tammi and Jason Carr after losing their son, Chad, to an inoperable brain tumor.
“My wife has become very close with Tammi Carr,” Fisch said from the event. “The whole family has been great to us. Any chance to support an incredible cause, we’re going to do that.”
Fisch joined Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan from the Jacksonville Jaguars where he had been offensive coordinator for two seasons. He had also been an offensive coordinator at the University of Miami (Fla.) and the University of Minnesota.
“It was obviously an incredible experience here and I loved every minute of it,” Fisch said of Michigan. “The way we divided up the responsibilities and the opportunity to coach the quarterbacks here was great. But the fact I get to do the whole offense again, it was a special opportunity to take. It was hard, though, because how much I loved it here.”
Soon after his arrival at UCLA, Fisch shared on Twitter photos of him with Amber taking in the John Wooden exhibit at the school. He likes being at a school with so much tradition like UCLA and Wooden and Michigan with its long football history.
“When you take a job you’re not just taking the current job you’re taking everything that goes along with the program, which also makes Michigan so tough to leave because you know you’re leaving something so special,” Fisch said. “Obviously, there’s the John Wooden factor, his success with the basketball program has had, will always have, the idea of playing in the Rose Bowl for all your home games (were draws).
“There’s only three programs in all of college football that have an NFL head coach that’s a college head coach. UCLA is one of three (Jim Mora), Michigan is one of the three and Alabama is the third. The opportunity to be a part of that is something special, as well. It’s another head coach to learn from.”
Ultimately, Fisch wants a head coaching job.
“That’s the ultimate goal and to get there there’s obviously certain steps you need to take, but it’s a special job to get there,” he said. “It’s very hard to get one of those, so I think the opportunity to be a coordinator is just as good right now. The way college football sees it and the way opportunities present themselves you’ve got to just embrace that.”
Former Michigan tight end Devin Asiasi has announced he is transferring to UCLA, closer to his home in southern California. Fisch said he could not talk about that move since Asiasi has not yet enrolled. But Fisch said he will be rooting for Michigan, especially the players he recruited, and said he hopes it will be a Michigan-UCLA Rose Bowl.