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Miami Hiring Michigan OC, Former Penn State Assistant Josh Gattis for Offensive Coordinator Role

Mario Cristobal’s first offensive coordinator as the University of Miami’s head coach will be a name quite familiar in to Penn State fans.

Josh Gattis, who worked on James Franklin’s staff from 2014-17 and has been Michigan’s offensive coordinator since 2019, is leaving Ann Arbor for Coral Gables.

Gattis was part of the best Michigan season in recent memory this fall, helping the Wolverines to a 12-2 record, a Big Ten Championship, a win over Ohio State and a trip to the College Football Playoff. Individually, Gattis was recognized with the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach.

Gattis’s connection to Penn State started in 2012, when he joined James Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt. When Franklin left Nashville for Happy Valley in 2014, Gattis went with him.

While at Penn State, Gattis was the wide receivers coach, passing game coordinator and offensive recruiting coordinator. He moved on from State College after the 2017 season to become Nick Saban’s co-offensive coordinator at Alabama for a year, then moved on to work with Jim Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. When it looked like Harbaugh was leaving Michigan for the Minnesota Vikings, some speculated that Gattis would become Michigan’s head coach.

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