Jim Harbaugh discusses the Wolverines’ 2018 recruiting class, and explains the mind-set QBs Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Shea Patterson should have going into next season. Recorded Dec. 20, 2017.
Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press
Ed Warinner will be Michigan’s new offensive line coach.
Warinner, originally hired as a senior offensive analyst from P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota staff in January, took over for the recently departed Tim Drevno in late February as Michigan’s new offensive line assistant.
The move became official Thursday.
Drevno, who had served as Michigan’s offensive coordinator/offensive line coach during Jim Harbaugh’s first three seasons in Ann Arbor, left the program shortly after the Wolverines hired former Florida head coach Jim McElwain as wide receivers coach with the possibility of becoming a coordinator.
Drevno was hired as Southern Cal’s running backs coach on Saturday.
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Michigan does not list an offensive coordinator on its online coaching directory.
Per his contract, McElwain agreed to a 1-year deal with Michigan for a base salary of $300,000 to be the team’s wide receivers coach. The contract, signed Feb. 14, left open the possibility of a coordinator role. The deal essentially was the same one Michigan gave Dan Enos, who was at U-M for roughly a month before joining Alabama’s coaching staff.
“If at any point during the terms of this contract your title changes to ‘coordinator,’ your base salary will be reassessed,” McElwain’s deal reads.
As of Thursday afternoon, Michigan’s offensive coaching staff featured Pep Hamilton (assistant HC/passing game coordinator), McElwain (WRs), Warinner (OL), Sherrone Moore (TE) and Jay Harbaugh (RBs/STs).
Warinner is best known for his time as Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach from 2012-16, a run that included a national championship and some of the top offensive lines in America.
Warinner, whose son, Edward, is a freshman linebacker at Michigan State, helped the Buckeyes finish top 15 nationally in rushing yardage every year of his tenure at Ohio State. Last season, Minnesota’s run game finished third in the Big Ten at 182.4 yards per game.
After the Buckeyes won the 2014 national title, Warinner became Ohio State’s primary play caller before leaving the program before the 2017 season.
Warinner has coached 13 NFL drat picks on the offensive line since 2007. Six of those players started as rookies.
He’s no stranger to the state of Michigan. He was an assistant on George Perles’ Michigan State staff from 1985-86. He also was a roommate of MSU coach Mark Dantonio when they were on Akron’s staff in the early 1980s.
He has been an offensive coordinator at Army and Kansas (including an Orange Bowl run in 2007) and an offensive line coach at Notre Dame.
Michigan is scheduled to start spring practice March 23 in Ann Arbor.
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