Player/Commit Reactions to Jim McElwain's Departure to Central Michigan

Player/Commit Reactions to Jim McElwain's Departure to Central Michigan

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Player/Commit Reactions to Jim McElwain's Departure to Central Michigan

With both adversity and success, there will be coaching attrition. If a team is underperforming, coaches will be let go. When things are going well, coaches will get opportunities elsewhere, in terms of a promotion.

While Michigan’s loss to Ohio State has fans in something of a tizzy — understandably — the Wolverines still had a successful season overall, turning around the fortune on the offensive side of the ball in a big way. Most of the attention is given to the quarterback position, with Shea Patterson coming in and playing at a higher level than we’ve seen in Ann Arbor in some time, but the young wide receiving corps took a major step forward this year, going from having 1,142 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns in 2017 to 1,547 yards and 17 touchdowns this year — and the bowl game hasn’t even been played yet.

Central Michigan, with a head coaching vacancy after firing John Bonamego, noticed, and per our own Evan Petzold, hired the Wolverines wide receivers coach, Jim McElwain, to take over the Chippewas lead position.

But, of course that leaves several facets in the lurch: the current players and incoming commitments.

Third-year Michigan defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour plays on the opposite side of the ball, of course, but when he heard the news that McElwain was leaving the program, he put it simply.

But, equally as important are those who will be joining the program.

Everett (MA) three-star cornerback commit Mike Sainristil has been pitched to playing on either side of the ball, with being a speedy slot-type receiver being an option for him at the next level.

With McElwain’s departure, he’s still confident that the Wolverines offense won’t miss a beat once he arrives.

Perhaps the most outspoken recruit in the 2019 class is Giles Jackson, who recently received a visit from McElwain during this off week.

Like Sainristil, Jackson is confident in what the offense will bring once he arrives on campus, because of the support that already exists behind McElwain.

Roy Roundtree came back to his alma mater after spending multiple years as the Indiana State Sycamores wide receivers coach, accepting a position in Ann Arbor as a grad assistant. Ben McDaniels also has requisite experience, being an offensive analyst currently for the Wolverines after having held the same position for two years with the NFL Chicago Bears after serving as Rutgers offensive coordinator in 2015.

It’s not yet known what Michigan will do with the vacancy, whether one or the other will be promoted to be the full-time wide receivers coach, or if the Wolverines will seek a hire outside of the program.

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