The speculation around Tyrone Wheatley and the coaching vacancy at Western Michigan doesn’t look like it will have a long shelf life.
Wheatley, the running backs coach at Michigan, was thrust into the coaching rumor mill Wednesday night when outgoing Michigan RB De’Veon Smith tweeted to his former coach good luck on getting the WMU job. However, on Thursday evening, Tony Paul of the Detroit News said Wheatley “appears to be out of the running” for the vacancy, citing a source.
Source: Former UM star Tyrone Wheatley appears to be out of the running for the Western Michigan job.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) January 12, 2017
The Western Michigan job opened when P.J. Fleck left the Broncos to become the head coach at Minnesota earlier this month.
Wheatley, 44, filled in for Jim Harbaugh on the recruiting trail Thursday in Alabama. Harbaugh was at home with his wife Sarah and their newborn son, John.
The former Michigan star running back and 10-year NFL veteran just wrapped up his second season on Harbaugh’s staff.