Miami hires Josh Gattis: Hurricanes poach Michigan offensive coordinator to fill pivotal vacancy

Miami hired Mario Cristobal as coach after abruptly firing Manny Diaz on Dec. 6. Two months to the day later, Cristobal finally has his offensive coordinator. The Hurricanes will hire Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis to fill the same role with the program, the 2021 Broyles Award winner confirmed on Sunday. Gattis has been Michigan’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach since the 2019 season. 

“It had to be something special to get me to leave something special, and this was it, man,” Gattis told The Athletic. “This place is it. I am so excited about coming to The U.”

Gattis is coming off a strong season with Michigan, helping lead the Wolverines to the Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff. The Michigan offense finished 16th nationally in points per game and 22nd in yards per play. In more advanced metrics, the Michigan offense was eighth nationally in offensive success rate, 12th in points per drive and 12th in expected points added (EPA). Gattis takes over a Miami offense that was 34th, 40th and 39th respectively in those last three categories.

After spending four seasons with Penn State as the passing game coordinator and receivers coach, where he worked under former Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, Gattis spent the 2018 season with Alabama as the co-offensive coordinator. Although he did not cross paths with Cristobal while there, the Alabama and Moorhead connections — Cristobal spent four seasons with Alabama before leaving for Oregon — likely played a role in bringing them together in Miami.

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