Former Florida coach Jim McElwain has reportedly accepted a job and officially signed on with the Michigan Wolverines.
According to a report from ESPN’s Chris Low, McElwain signed a contract on Saturday that will make him Michigan’s receivers coach. He will reportedly also have a role in coordinating Michigan’s offense on a week-to-week basis.
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 and Michigan have been rumored to be discussing a deal over the last week. FootballScoop.com first reported that Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh offered the job to McElwain earlier this week.
“I’m excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better,” McElwain told ESPN.
Michigan has struggled offensively under Harbaugh, averaging 50th or worse in scoring offense in two of his three seasons in Ann Arbor. McElwain has previously served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, as well as coach at both Colorado State and Florida.
Despite the circumstances surrounding his exit from Florida, McElwain is a solid hire for the Wolverines. Despite his failures in Gainesville, he remains a respected offensive mind.
McElwain parted ways with the Gators last fall after failing to provide proof that he and his family received death threats. He was believed to have accepted a partial settlement of his $12.9 million buyout.