New Miami OC Josh Gattis reportedly told Michigan players he was 'not wanted' by Wolverines' administration
Miami is reportedly set to hire Josh Gattis as its next offensive coordinator.
It’s a surprising move, if only because Gattis seemed to be settled at Michigan after three years in Ann Arbor. He’s been successful as the Wolverines’ play-caller and helped lead the program to a College Football Playoff appearance.
But according to a report from ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, Gattis told his Michigan players that he was “not wanted” by Michigan’s administration.
“Unfortunately the past few weeks has told a different story to me about the very little appreciation I have here from administration,” Gattis reportedly wrote in a text message to players. “In life I would never advise anyone to be where they are not wanted…”
In a text to some Michigan players, Josh Gattis said, “Unfortunately the past few weeks has told a different story to me about the very little appreciation I have here from administration. In life I would never advise anyone to be where they are not wanted…”
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) February 6, 2022
Gattis was expected to be a candidate to take over the Michigan program if coach Jim Harbaugh departed for an NFL job last week. With Harbaugh returning to Ann Arbor, it’s possible that could have indirectly caused issues between Gattis and Michigan’s athletic department.
Regardless, Gattis is one of the most-respected offensive minds in the game. He’s also spent time in the ACC before as a player at Wake Forest and as a graduate assistant at UNC. He grew up in Durham, North Carolina.
Michigan’s offensive efficiency improved in each of Gattis’ seasons as the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator.
Michigan's Yards-Per-Play under Josh Gattis…
2021: 6.39 pic.twitter.com/W3QQrEQy7f
— Saturday Road (@SaturdayRoad) February 6, 2022
Miami hired Kevin Steele as its defensive coordinator last week. That gives Mario Cristobal two experienced, well-respected coordinators to begin his tenure with the Hurricanes.