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Former Gators coach Jim McElwain confirms he’ll join Michigan staff

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What had been widely reported for the last few days happened on Saturday night, as former Gators coach Jim McElwain agreed to become an offensive assistant this season for the Michigan Wolverines joining Jim Harbaugh’s staff.

As we wrote earlier Saturday, McElwain has been in talks with Michigan about their wide receiver opening and to possibly help their coordinate their offense. This after Dan Enos left the coordinator role and created a vacancy there.

McElwain told’s Chris Low Saturday night that he signed his deal with Michigan and that he was “excited to get back into it and am looking forward to going there and learning and helping Michigan get better.”

McElwain was fired in November by Florida in the middle of his third season, which later agreed to pay $7.5 million in buyout. As the ESPN article indicates, that money is not “off set” by him getting this new job in the very next season.

The last time that McElwain was something other than a head coach was, when he was the offensive coordinator for Nick Saban at Alabama in 2011.

He was the Colorado State head coach for three seasons before coming to Florida in 2015.

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