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Ex-Michigan Football Coach Set To Face Former Team

Wolverines fans: do you remember ex-Michigan football coach Josh Gattis? Well, he is about to get his first crack at the Maize and Blue since leaving the program after the 2021 season.



Michigan football, Josh Gattis, Sherrone Moore, Jim Harbaugh, Maryland
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This weekend is going to be a small world moment for Jim Harbaugh and Sherrone Moore, who must stop a familiar face that is now with the Maryland Terrapins. Josh Gattis, an ex-Michigan football coach who was on staff from 2019 through 2021, is calling plays in College Park, MD, and will get his first crack at the Maize and Blue since he left for Miami after the Wolverines’ Big Ten title and College Football Playoff run in 2021.

Ex-Michigan football coach Josh Gattis to face the Wolverines this weekend

Sherrone Moore was the offensive line coach under Josh Gattis, who was brought in by Jim Harbaugh after the Wolverines went 10-3 in 2018. Gattis emphasized a “speed in space” offense, which ultimately didn’t really pan out for the Maize and Blue.

After going 9-4 in 2019 and 2-4 in 2020, Michigan football returned to its roots despite Gattis still calling the plays. With a refreshed view on offense, Jim Harbaugh and Josh Gattis ran the ball like crazy — with the help of then-OL coach and now-OC Sherrone Moore — en route to a 12-2 finish with wins over Penn State, Ohio State, a Big Ten title, and the team’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

After the season, however, Gattis left and took the Miami job, which he was fired from after just one season. A year later, in 2023, Gattis ended up with the Maryland Terrapins, who just earned bowl eligibility with a 13-10 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers last weekend.

Sherrone Moore explains excitement behind matchup against Gattis, Maryland

On Saturday, Sherrone Moore will either be the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator or the team’s head coach, depending on his this Friday’s court hearing with Jim Harbaugh goes. Regardless, Moore is excited to see Gattis, though when the game starts, all friendliness goes away.

“It will be cool. It will be great to see (Josh Gattis) — obviously, we are very close. We are very good friends, so that will be cool. But once that foot hits leather, we’re against each other.”

Any pre-snap advantage?

Will Moore and the Wolverines be able to see plays coming due to their familiarity with Gattis’s play-calling? Sherrone Moore says that there is a chance he sees a few once they are in motion but doubts there will be much pre-snape advantage on either side.

“We’ll know some plays. We will watch some plays develop and go, ‘Oh, that’s that (play).’ But as far as how it is going to be called and what (plays) are going to be called at those times, I don’t think we will have a whole lot of tendencies on that.”

Whether or not Jim Harbaugh is coaching this weekend, it’s clear that Michigan football is ready to face Gattis and the Maryland Terrapins in hopes of claiming the program’s 1,000th all-time victory before facing No. 2 Ohio State next weekend.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.