Jim McElwain is joining Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan, according to ESPN college football reporter Chris Low.
Former Florida head coach Jim McElwain has signed a deal to join Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan, McElwain tells ESPN. McElwain will coach the Wolverines' receivers and also be involved in helping to coordinate the offense and develop the weekly game plan.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) February 18, 2018
McElwain reportedly will be in charge of the receivers, among other duties. Scheduled to start his job on Sunday, McElwain told ESPN he is “excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better.”
McElwain most recently served as coach at Florida before his ouster last fall in his third season with the team.
Before taking over at Florida, McElwain took Colorado State from 4-8 to 10-2 in three years. Before that, he spent four seasons as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama.
McElwain’s run as Florida’s coach did not end well. He made two SEC Championship Games but was ousted in October shortly after telling reporters he and his players had received death threats. He did not elaborate on specifics to reporters, and Florida released a statement saying McElwain declined to elaborate to school administrators.
McElwain joining Harbaugh’s staff was rumored for a week before it happened. College football analyst Adam McClintock said it would not be an inspiring hire.
“Yeah, I raised my eyebrow,” McClintock told Land of 10. “Yeah, he’s a big name, I guess. But the results don’t really speak highly of what his [presence] does.
“There are better people. Maryland went out and hired Matt Canada, and Matt Canada would’ve been a very good coordinator for Michigan to bring in — his offenses always score points, they’ve done extremely well, and he’s run [them] at [the] offensively slow pace that Michigan kind of sometimes paints themselves into.”