Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain talks spring football Monday, April 16.
Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain is reportedly a candidate for Central Michigan’s vacant head coaching position.
FootballScoop.com reported Thursday night that McElwain, who came to Michigan this season after spending three years as Florida’s head coach, has emerged as a “strong” candidate in CMU’s search to replace the recently fired John Bonamego.
McElwain signed a one-year contract at Michigan this past winter after being fired from his post at Florida midway through the 2017 season. After agreeing to a $7.5 million buyout with UF, McElwain agreed to ultimately be Michigan’s wide receivers coach for a one-year base salary of $300,000.
It’s unclear if McElwain has interviewed for the CMU job. McElwain was in California recruiting for Michigan on Wednesday, making an in-home visit with Michigan commit Giles Jackson.
Under McElwain, Michigan sophomore receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins both enjoyed the best seasons of their young careers — combining for 1,093 yards and 13 touchdowns.
He is, of course, better known for his head coaching stops at Colorado State and Florida. After helping Nick Saban and Alabama win two national titles as an offensive coordinator, McElwain took over the CSU program in 2012. He went 22-16 overall, 10-3 in his final season.
He was ultimately hired at Florida in 2015. McElwain led the Gators to SEC East Division titles in 2015 and 2016 but was ultimately fired midway through a rocky 2017 season that saw an investigation into comments made by McElwain about death threats being made to him and his family during the year.
McElwain was comfortable in his role on Jim Harbaugh’s staff this past season, maintaining several times that his main focus was to simply coach his position and do whatever Harbaugh and the rest of the offensive coaches needed.
“More than anything, I’m just trying to understand the ‘what’ and ‘how’ and then maybe over the years of doing this (I have a few things) I’ll be able to help with,” McElwain said earlier this year. “I’m not reinventing it. It’s an offense that’s here, I’m just trying to learn it.”
CMU fired Bonamego last week after the Chippewas finished his fourth season at 1-11. Athletic director Michael Alford, who was hired in March of 2017, is leading the coaching search. Former Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and current Ferris State head coach Tony Annese have also been reported as possible candidates for the job.
Michigan (10-2) will find out its bowl assignment Sunday.
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