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Michigan adds former Florida coach Jim McElwain as assistant

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 3:16 p.m.

This Sept. 2, 2017, file photo shows then-Florida head coach Jim McElwain watching his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Michigan, in Arlington, Texas. McElwain was hired by the Wolverines to coach their wide receivers. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
This Sept. 2, 2017, file photo shows then-Florida head coach Jim McElwain watching his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Michigan, in Arlington, Texas. McElwain was hired by the Wolverines to coach their wide receivers. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan has hired former Florida coach Jim McElwain to coach its wide receivers.

Jim Harbaugh announced the addition to his staff Tuesday.

McElwain and the Gators agreed to a split last season when the team was 3-4. McElwain won 19 games over his first two years. The former Colorado State coach and Alabama offensive coordinator became the first coach in SEC history to take a team to the conference championship game in his first two years.

McElwain spent 15 seasons at Eastern Washington, first as a player then as an assistant coach, before leaving in 1994.

The Wolverines previously hired Sherrone Moore to coach tight ends, Al Washington to be an assistant on defense and Ben Herbert to lead the team’s strength and conditioning program.

Michigan was 8-5 last year after having 10-2 records in each of Harbaugh’s first two seasons.


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