Penn State Football: Gattis Headed to Michigan, Not Maryland as Offensive Coordinator
Update (5:25 p.m.) Michigan officially announced Josh Gattis as the Wolverines new offensive coordinator late Thursday afternoon.
According to The Athletic and reporter Chris Vannini, former Penn State receivers coach Josh Gattis will be the next offensive coordinator at Michigan and not Maryland as previously reported by several outlets earlier this morning.
Multiple reporters covering Michigan have confirmed the move, this story will be updated once Michigan makes it official. While much of the original story below is not accurate in occupational terms, the overall impact of having Gattis back in the Big Ten and in Penn State's division remains the same.
Penn State plays Michigan on Oct. 19 at Beaver Stadium.
Former Penn State receivers coach Josh Gattis could be on the move again after the leaving the Nittany Lions last offseason for Alabama. This time though, he will reportedly be back in the Big Ten.
According to FootballScoop as well as Rivals and SBNation, Gattis is on his way to Maryland to become the Terps' new offensive coordinator under recently-hired head coach Mike Locksley. Both worked together at Alabama this past season.
Gattis left Penn State last year reportedly still on the hunt for a coordinator title following James Franklin's promotion of Ricky Rahne to offensive coordinator. Gattis would land at Alabama to serve as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach while in Tuscaloosa under head coach Nick Saban.
From the Penn State perspective, there are multiple angles of interest both tangible and otherwise. Gattis has been an excellent recruiter while at every stop in his career and a move to Maryland with Locksley puts two familiar names back in the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia footprint.
As FootballScoop points out:
“Locks and Gattis have worked the ‘cruiting trails together for Bama this past year and done fairly well for themselves. In a game of Jimmies and Joes, pairing Gattis with Locksley would put other Big Ten programs on notice that the Terps are serious about locking down the DMV."
Off the field, if the reports come to fruition, Gattis would hold the job James Franklin once had while at Maryland, now as a divisional adversary. Franklin was once seen as Maryland's head coach in waiting, but the promotion never developed and Franklin ended up at Vanderbilt before moving on to Penn State.
The Nittany Lions will take on Maryland on Friday, Sept. 27 in College Park.