Report: Ex-Florida coach Jim McElwain joins Michigan

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain has joined Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff as receivers coach and will also be involved coordinating the offense, reported Saturday night.

McElwain told ESPN senior writer Chris Low he will begin work Sunday.

“I’m excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going in there and learning and helping Michigan get better,” McElwain told the website.

McElwain is Michigan’s 10th assistant and replaces Dan Enos, who had been offensive coordinator at Arkansas the previous three years and was briefly on staff at Michigan as receivers coach before leaving last month to become quarterbacks coach at Alabama.

McElwain was named Florida’s 25th head coach in December 2014, then agreed to mutually part ways Oct. 29, 2017. He was 22-12 during his two-plus seasons, and 3-4 in 2017. He led the Gators to two Southeastern Conference Eastern Division titles (2015-2016) becoming the first coach in league history to reach the conference championship in his first two seasons.

He has coached for more than 30 years. McElwain was Alabama’s offensive coordinator (2008-2011) and helped the Crimson Tide to two BCS national titles in 2009 and 2011. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. During the 2009 season, Alabama’s offense set a school record with 5,642 yards and the next season under McElwain’s guidance, the Tide had a record 5,773 yards.

McElwain had brief NFL coaching experience when he was quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2006. Before that, he coached at Michigan State from 2003-2005.

Harbaugh said last week that he and his staff were looking at ways to improve the offensive output this fall.

“Right now we are going through a self-scout period and looking at ways to get our offense up to where our defense is,” Harbaugh said last Wednesday. “All those (coaching) assignments are yet to be determined.”

Michigan added Sherrone Moore from Central Michigan to coach tight ends and Al Washington from Cincinnati to coach linebackers and assist with special teams. Chris Partridge signed a new contract with Michigan after being heavily pursued by Alabama and will coach safeties while also coordinating special teams and recruiting. He replaces safeties coach Brian Smith who left before the bowl game to become defensive coordinator at Rice.

“Thrilled with the new additions,” Harbaugh said. “Sherrone Moore, Al Washington, I think they’re fantastic. I got a chance to go out on the road and be in offensive and defensive meetings with both and they’re tremendous.”