Jim Harbaugh’s search to fill out the remainder of his coaching staff remains as hot of a situation as can be with just one hire officially being acknowledged by the Michigan football program.
Still in the process of evaluating, contacting, interviewing and ultimately coming to agreements with several targets on the list, Harbaugh gave some insight into the process Thursday in an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show.
“Its coming together great,” Harbaugh said. “I’m really excited about our coaching staff and I think you’ll be impressed, Rich.”
Now appearing to be in the stretch run, approaching the completion of his entire staff in Ann Arbor, here’s an updated look at Harbaugh’s process and the areas left to be filled.
Florida linebacker coach/defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin has officially been introduced as Michigan’s next defensive coordinator/linebacker’s coach:
- Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh commenting on Durkin’s hire, "D.J. is one of the top young defensive coordinators in football, and I look forward to having him work with our student-athletes. He will make an excellent addition to our staff."
- Durkin also released a statement via the school’s website, "Reuniting with Jim at the University of Michigan is an opportunity that I could not pass up," Durkin said in a statement also released via the school’s athletic website. "We had some great times working together at Stanford, and I look forward to producing great results at Michigan. I look forward to coaching in the Big Ten after growing up in that footprint. I am excited to return to the Midwest and recruit and teach some of the best and brightest young men in the country."
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’s hire was officially announced Friday, Jim Harbaugh offering comment, "I am excited to reunite with Tim and have him serve as the offensive coordinator for our Michigan program," said Harbaugh. “Tim is an outstanding offensive line coach and is a technician that works very hard at making his student-athletes better players and students. He will be an outstanding member of our coaching staff."
- Drevno’s statement via Michigan’s athletic website, "I am excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Coach Harbaugh again," Drevno said. "We have a long history together, and I have great respect for what he has accomplished as a coach. I am excited to be in Ann Arbor and can't wait to get to work with the players and staff to build on this program's great tradition."
Greg Mattison staying on Michigan’s staff:
- Mattison is actively recruiting for the Wolverines and has indicated he will be remaining in Ann Arbor.
- Mattison will stay on under Durkin, unclear just yet what role he’ll take on.
Jedd Fisch hired as passing game coordinator/wide receiver’s coach:
- Fisch spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.
- Fisch has bounced back and forth from college to the NFL including stops at Florida, the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos and others.
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.
- This hire is not official yet.
Greg Jackson to coach in the Michigan secondary:
- Jackson has been the secondary coach with the 49ers the last four years, both interviewing for positions under Harbaugh at Michigan.
- It appears Michigan is in search of another coach in the defensive backfield.
- This move has yet to be made official by Michigan.
Kevin Tolbert hired as strength and conditioning coordinator:
- Tolbert comes over after spending four years with the 49ers as an assistant on the strength staff.
- Tolbert also spent two seasons with Harbaugh at Stanford and is a graduate of Navy.
Buffalo Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley was in Ann Arbor:
- Wheatley is on Michigan’s radar and even had dinner with Harbaugh earlier this week.
- Wheatley also interviewed for the running backs coach position and has been offered the gig by Harbaugh.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Other defensive back coaches interviewed:
- Mike Zordich
- Chuck Heater
John Baxter possible as special teams coordinator:
- Reports have indicated Baxter is already in place for Michigan.
- This has yet to be confirmed.
- Baxter has been at USC since 2010 after spending 13 seasons on Fresno State’s staff.
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.