By: Phillip Lutz, Sports Editor
The University of Michigan Wolverines football team has been through some dramatic changes in the past few months. Coach Jim Harbaugh has been on a mission to improve his team all over the board.
Longtime coach Tim Drevno informed the team recently that he was resigning his position. Many thought he would take a position on the University of Vanderbilt football staff because of his son, but he decided to take the running backs coaching job at the University of Southern California.
Former Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain was brought in by Harbaugh to coach the wide receivers for the Wolverines and possibly to help with the offensive coordinator’s job. Not official named as of yet, but McElwain has been an offensive coordinator for the University of Alabama and coach Nick Saban. McElwain was a part of two national championship teams for Alabama.
Another big addition to the Wolverines staff was former Ohio State Buckeye coach Ed Warriner. He was hired to be a tenth assistant for the Wolverines. When Drevno resigned and went to the University of Southern California, Warriner was named the offensive line coach for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines have also had a revolving door as players have made decisions to transfer out in search of greener pastures. Among them were: quarterback Wilton Speight, quarterback Alex Malzone (Miami, Ohio), wide receiver Drake Harris (Western Michigan), wide receiver Maurice Ways, offensive lineman Ja’Raymond Hall (Central Michigan), tight end Ian Bunting, and kicker Ryan Tice (Tennessee).
The Wolverines added quarterback Shea Patterson, but it still unknown if he will win his appeal so he can play this season or if he will need to sit out this season. Patterson’s appeal was submitted last week but no time frame has been given for an answer.
Highly coveted graduate transfer Calvin Anderson from Rice University had the Wolverines in his final four until Saturday afternoon. Anderson made his decision known on his Twitter account by a video link with him solving a Rubik’s Cube saying he will transfer to the University of Texas to spend his final season of eligibility. Earlier in the week he said it all depended on Patterson’s availability at Michigan.
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