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Miami Fires OC, Former Penn State Assistant Josh Gattis

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BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 12: Penn State Wide Receivers Coach Josh Gattis looks on during pre-game warm ups for the Big Ten Conference game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers on November 12, 2016, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire)

The University of Miami has fired former Penn State assistant Josh Gattis as its offensive coordinator after just one season, the school announced Friday morning.

Gattis worked on James Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt in the 2012 and ‘13 seasons as receivers coach before joining Franklin in Happy Valley after he took the Penn State job.

He stayed at Penn State for four seasons as the school’s receivers coach, passing game coordinator and offensive recruiting coordinator.

After the 2017 season, Gattis moved on to work for Nick Saban at Alabama. His stay in Tuscaloosa only lasted a season. Gattis then moved back to the Big Ten to be Jim Harbaugh’s offensive coordinator at Michigan. Things worked out in Ann Arbor. In 2021, Gattis helped Michigan to its first Big Ten Championship in almost two decades and its first-ever trip to the College Football Playoff.

Gattis’s offense is scored almost 36 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and 16th in the country. Gattis was named the Broyles Award winner, awarded annually to the nation’s top assistant coach. After the 2021 season, the University of Miami and its new coach, Mario Cristobal, hired Gattis away from Michigan.

Things didn’t work out for Gattis in South Beach.

Miami started the season ranked No. 16 but finished 5-7. Gattis’s offense finished an unimpressive 10th of 14 ACC teams, and now, Miami is moving on. This move had been rumored for a while. At one point, Penn State fans speculated that Josh Gattis could be returning to Penn State to replace the fired Taylor Stubblefield as receivers coach. But Penn State ended up hiring former Virginia receivers coach Marques Hagans.

It’s unclear where Gattis’s next stop will be but he has a solid resume. He’ll be back in coaching one day. When and where are the questions.

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