Coaching Staff Search: Confirmed/Unconfirmed

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh continues to search for the right assistants to join his coaching staff with the Wolverines. Now a week into that process, here's a detailed look at hires that have been confirmed but not made official by the University, rumors that are unconfirmed, and names to know moving forward.

Following the Michigan coaching staff search is much like the month long process that led Jim Harbaugh back to be the head coach of the Wolverines.

Rumors, false reports, true reports, and when all is said and done, still no official word of a hire just yet, now a day shy of being a week old.

Either way, there are a handful of truths out there in the atmosphere to go with several misfires leaving behind gunpowder residue.

Here’s a detailed look at what coaches are confirmed heading to Ann Arbor, coaches that have interviewed, some that simply spoke to Harbaugh, and others that could be on the radar moving forward.


Tim Drevno will be Michigan’s offensive coordinator.

  • The LA Times was the first to report Drevno’s move to Ann Arbor after spending one season as USC’s offensive line coach.
  • Harbaugh and Drevno have worked together for several years including stops at San Diego, Stanford and even with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Drevno was in Ann Arbor Sunday.

Director of Football Operations is Jim Minick

  • Minick is a U.S. Marine Corps Col. and close friend of Harbaugh’s reportedly dating back to grade school.

Florida linebacker coach/defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was in town and is expected to be Michigan's defensive coordinator

  • Durkin was in Ann Arbor Sunday and interviewed for Michigan’s defensive coordinator position. It has been confirmed he accepted and is slated to coordinate the Wolverine defense.
  • Amidst strong speculation for weeks, the decision from Durkin isn't surprising considering he worked with Harbaugh at Stanford from 2007-09.
  • Buffalo Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is a name

    • Wheatley is on Michigan’s radar but has not interviewed nor been offered a position at this point.
    • Wheatley of course has strong ties to the Wolverines and is expected to be reached out to at the very least.

    Iowa wide receiver coach Erik Campbell

    • Campbell has spoken to Harbaugh at this point.
    • An interview has not been setup nor has an offer been extended right now.

    Jimmie Dougherty and Greg Jackson were in Ann Arbor Sunday

    • Dougherty spent five seasons with Harbaugh at San Diego, working his way up from wide receiver coach to offensive coordinator/quarterback coach.
    • Dougherty spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at San Jose State University, finishing 15th in the nation in total offense in 2013.
    • Jackson has been the secondary coach with the 49ers the last four years, both interviewing for positions under Harbaugh at Michigan.

    Tight ends coach Vince Marrow is staying at Kentucky

    • It was reported by Scout’s Bill Greene that Marrow interviewed and was offered a position on Michigan’s coaching staff.
    • A contract with specific money figures and years was not laid out.
    • Marrow contacted high profile and highly rated 2015 tight end recruit Chris Clark despite Clark being down to Michigan and UCLA in his recruiting process.
    • Marrow received an extension and a raise in order to stay in Lexington.


    49ers wide receiver coach John Morton

    • The LA Times reported Morton would also head to Michigan to coach the wide receivers but that has yet to be confirmed.
    • Morton coached with Harbaugh at San Diego as well.

    Greg Mattison staying on Michigan’s staff

    • Mattison is actively recruiting for the Wolverines and has indicated he will be remaining in Ann Arbor. It is not confirmed Mattison is staying just yet, though he has interviewed for a position.
    • Signs continue to point to Mattison being retained, including at least one coach indicating Mattison sat in with Harbaugh during an official interview.

    Roy Manning staying on Michigan’s staff

    • What we know? Manning interviewed for a position to stay at Michigan.
    • What we don’t know? Whether or not Manning will be offered a position just yet.

    Interest in Stanford defensive coordinator Lance Anderson

    • Anderson has not interviewed with Michigan.
    • It is unclear whether or not Anderson has an interest in leaving Palo Alto.

    Strength and conditioning hire

    • Still in search of a strength and conditioning coordinator, it is believed a prominent name in the Big 12 remains in the mix for the position.
    • Also, current 49ers strength and conditioning coach Kevin Tolbert appears to be someone that will be discussed.


    Shannon Turley staying at Stanford as strength and conditioning coordinator

    • This one was a done deal. Multiple sources in various places confirmed Turley’s decision to follow Harbaugh to Michigan.
    • Late Sunday night it was reported, and confirmed by multiple sources at Stanford, that Turley had changed his mind and would stay with The Cardinal.
    • While Michigan searches for another candidate, don’t be surprised if Harbaugh makes one last run at Turley.
    Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.

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