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Michigan Loses Jim McElwain To Central Michigan

His stint in Ann Arbor did not last long.

December 02, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Jim McElwain's tenure at Michigan has come to an end. His tenure just up the road will begin on Monday. 

McElwain, formerly Michigan's wide receivers coach, has accepted the head coaching job at Central Michigan, as first reported by the school's student newspaper

Jim Harbaugh and Michigan hired McElwain to an 11-month contract last February after he was fired as the head coach at Florida midway through the 2017 season. He helped sophomore receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins take significant steps forward in 2018. 

Prior to Florida, McElwain was the head coach at Colorado State from 2012-2014. He also served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama from 2008-2011 when the Crimson Tide won two national championships. 

Central Michigan will be his third coaching job in the state of Michigan. He served in multiple capacities at Michigan State from 2003-2005. 

McElwain earned a base salary of $300,000 at Michigan this season. There's a good chance he won't be the only offensive coach to leave Harbaugh's staff.

Passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton is reportedly a finalist for the head coaching job at Maryland.