Editor’s note: This story was initially published after reports of Maryland hiring Gattis. It has, obviously, been updated.
For a few hours Thursday, Mike Locksley and Maryland appeared to have landed Josh Gattis as its offensive coordinator. But in a turn of events, the Alabama wide receivers coach is heading to Michigan instead.
Multiple reports Thursday morning indicated Gattis was leaving Alabama, with the destination unknown. BamaInsider was first to report Gattis to Maryland, which had been expected for some time, and other outlets followed. But The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini later reported that he was instead joining Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. This has since been widely confirmed.
Gattis spent one season in Tuscaloosa, previously coaching six years under James Franklin, both at Vanderbilt from 2012-13 and Penn State from 2014-17. In both tenures, he served as wide receivers coach and offensive recruiting coordinator. Gattis joined Nick Saban’s staff as receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator this season.
The 34-year-old Gattis was rumored as a candidate for several positions this offseason, and the Michigan job wasn’t even one of them. According to InsideMdSports’ Jeff Ermann, “Michigan people hadn’t heard his name.” He would have been a sensible choice to replace Locksley as Alabama’s offensive coordinator, but that nod went to Dan Enos. Gattis’ name also came up during the Appalachian State and Temple (Part 2) head coaching searches.
Locksley has reportedly hired four of his 10 assistant coaches before returning to Tuscaloosa, although the school has not officially announced any additions. The rest of the staff is expected to come together in the coming weeks. As it turns out, the search for offensive coordinator is still on. Maryland’s most widely reported backup option is former USC OC Tee Martin.