Mario Cristobal's deliberate methodology in putting together his first staff at the University of Miami is delivering another bold-faced name for a hire.
Miami has finalized a deal to hire Michigan's Josh Gattis as its new offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN. As the Wolverines' offensive coordinator in 2021, Gattis won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant and is regarded as one of the country's rising coaching prospects.
Gattis has already texted his players and informed them that he's leaving, a source told ESPN's Tom VanHaaren. In a text to some Michigan players, Gattis said, "Unfortunately the past few weeks has told a different story to me about the very little appreciation I have here from administration. In life I would never advise anyone to be where they are not wanted ..."
The hire of Gattis gives Cristobal a strong coordinator pairing, as he hired veteran defensive coordinator Kevin Steele away from Maryland while he was in the process of finalizing a deal with the Terrapins last week. Steele is considered a strong tactician and experienced in high-stakes recruiting battles.
Gattis proved to be one of the top coordinators and playcallers in college football this season, and at least one NFL team was among the programs interested in him. Michigan finished No. 16 in scoring offense this season (35.7 points per game) on the way to the school beating Ohio State, winning the Big Ten and clinching a bid in the College Football Playoff.
In the wake of that sun-kissed Michigan season has come a flurry of uncertainty for the Wolverines. Coach Jim Harbaugh openly chased NFL opportunities, including two interviews with the Minnesota Vikings. Harbaugh flew to Minneapolis for a second interview this past week, but that job is expected to go to Los Angeles Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell, sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano.
The Michigan offensive coordinator job has a front-runner, as quarterbacks coach Matt Weiss is considered the likely replacement for Gattis internally. Weiss brought aspects of the Ravens' run game to Michigan this season and helped the team's offensive identity evolve during its Big Ten championship season.
Gattis brings Miami a wealth of experience from high-profile programs. He has worked at Vanderbilt, Penn State and Alabama. Gattis' season under Nick Saban as the co-offensive coordinator in 2018 gives him a shared sense of the Alabama model, which Cristobal has from his time there from 2013 to 2016.
Gattis was considered the likely next choice for the head-coaching job at Virginia if the Cavaliers hadn't come to an agreement with Tony Elliott.