SI Reporting McElwain "strong candidate" to Michigan citing "Sources"

Submitted by clarkiefromcanada on February 10th, 2018 at 10:47 PM

Bruce Feldman reporting 

"Jim McElwain has emerged as a strong candidate to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan working with receivers, multiple sources told SI"

Unsure if this means anything more than clickbait. Feldman citing "multiple" sources. Whatever.

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Edit: Title "Whatever Wordsmiths"



February 10th, 2018 at 11:25 PM ^

This is exactly the kind of hire we have pointed and laughed at OSU for over the last few years. "LOL you hired a failed head coach with great coordinator experience? Hahaha" And yet it's worked pretty well for them.


February 11th, 2018 at 7:51 AM ^

I agree with you brutus.

However we will most likely not be able to keep him on staff for more than 2 years, especially if he is a wr coach.  Urban for example has found a way to keep Johnson, Schiano, Wilson, Day, and Combs for 3+ years and some much longer.  I know all of those are not x-coaches, but all have their names being thrown around every off season for promotions, yet they all come back.



February 11th, 2018 at 8:11 AM ^

Yes and no...  OSU hires people with some questionable background, also - Larry Johnson and Schiano from PSU come to mind immediately.  Kevin Wilson quickly after he was fired for abusing players (however stretched that might've been).  Not everyone, but a fair amount.  The only 'questionable' thing about McElwain is that he handled some internet joke very poorly, and whined about threats against his family.  I have no doubt that some internet jackass threatened him in some innocuous way, and he probably deleted that shit.  UF took it as a good reason to fire him becuase they wanted him gone anyway.  Fine.

He seems emminently capable as a WR coach, which is the speculation (not as coordinator of anything, according to the Feldman report).  Seems like a good humbling for the ex-coach of football factory Floriduh, trying to rehab his image.  I'll take it.  And I doubt Harbaugh cares one rats ass about sharks...


February 10th, 2018 at 11:52 PM ^

Everything here was very successful at WR (the point of emphasis for us, since that's what he's described as doing), except that year with the Raiders, but... that was the Raiders, lol


Eastern Washington (GA)


Eastern Washington (QB/WR)


Montana State (OC/WR/ST)


Louisville (WR/ST)


Michigan State (AHC/WR/ST)


Oakland Raiders (QB)


Fresno State (OC/QB)


Alabama (OC/QB)



February 10th, 2018 at 11:56 PM ^

 With all the young talent M has a wideout and slot, player development is going to be a big deal.  An experienced WR coach is a definitely a plus.  After the Florida meltdown, this a great landing spot for him to coax the talent to perform at a high level and move on from the Florida experience.  Good move to reboot career in AA.



February 11th, 2018 at 12:05 AM ^

Weirdness aside I just want Michigan to win games. If he helps them beat OSU or other rivals he can hump 5 more sharks while live streaming it for all I care.


February 11th, 2018 at 2:19 AM ^

It's his second choice, no need to exaggerate. His first choice was Enos, who Jim had actually talked to last year. Seeing as how that's true, Enos still being the first choice may have been some part prearranged/obligatory based on limited knowledge because Jim didn't know McElwain would be available. McElwain's resume is better than Enos' - this "second choice" is the better hire than the "first choice".


February 11th, 2018 at 12:33 AM ^

He will  help WR and even QBs. He may add to the game plan in the passing downs. I think he will do well here and may one day take over as the primary OC.


February 11th, 2018 at 12:45 AM ^

Just seems like yesterday that we were thoroughly ripping this dude for being a bad coach who may or may not have humped a captured shark... Too bad that it wasn't a full strength shark in the water - that would have been legendary.

At least we know that the Michigan fanbase would never issue any type of threats towards him. I still can't believe that those Florida assholes did that


February 11th, 2018 at 12:43 AM ^

Am I the only one that thinks the title of this thread should be changed? The tweet and article says “contender” we already knew that when he interviewed. The only update is that he’s still a contender later in the process, not that he’s coming here.


February 11th, 2018 at 1:34 AM ^

This would be an outstanding hire. Hell, I wouldn't mind him as OC, considering what he did at 'Bama and CSU.

Give McElwain the keys to the offense and let Drevno focus exclusively on the OL. I can see that working out.


February 11th, 2018 at 12:53 PM ^

Your argument seems to be: either he gets all the credit for everything, or none of the credit.  Turns out that nuance and situational differences matter.


He couldn't field a good offense in THREE YEARS in Florida.  Florida!  The number two state for blue chip recruits, barely a hair behind Texas.


At best, his time at Alabama is uncertain.  Almost every OC has had success at Alabama and under Saban.  They are a juggernaut.  Nussmeier did well there.  You probably thought Nuss was Jesus when we hired him.

KC Wolve

February 11th, 2018 at 4:53 PM ^

Check the timeline on AL offense being a juggernaut. Warning, it may be a bit sharky. Being a head coach is different than coordinating. Yes, ultimately they are responsible for everything, but do you think that Harbaugh is all of the sudden a terrible offensive coach now too?


February 11th, 2018 at 5:38 PM ^

I said Alabama was a juggernaut.  Not Alabama's offense.  As in, they are so dominant on D and on the Oline, that they can just grind you down and win.  As in, it's hard to give McElwain a lot of credit for that.

Being a HC is different than coordinating, no kidding.  McElwain's offense (which he ran) as a HC was not good.  


This is not that hard.

KC Wolve

February 11th, 2018 at 6:30 PM ^

Ok, so again, do think Harbaugh is terrible at offense? UMs offense was abysmal last year. I really don’t give a shit if they hire him or not, it just irritates me that people pick and choose successes/failures when determining if someone is good or not. Mac has a pretty damn good resume on the offensive side, yet people think his time at FL is the only thing he has ever done.