Michigan Wolverines

Former Michigan OL coach lands in Akron

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The Akron Zips finished 106th in rushing offense during the 2014 season. The program should receive a boost in its ground attack due to the team’s latest addition.

The team announced the hire of former Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk Thursday. Funk will serve as the Zips’ offensive line coach and offensive run game coordinator.

“I am extremely excited to have Darrell join our staff here at the University of Akron,” Akron head coach Terry Bowden said in a statement. “He is one of the top offensive line coaches in the country and will add a wealth of experience to our staff. Just as importantly, Darrell is a man of high character, and he will fit in nicely with the family atmosphere that we believe in here at Akron.”

Funk added, “I’m excited for the opportunity to join Coach Bowden and the staff at Akron. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

The offensive line coach served on Brady Hoke‘s staffs at Ball State, San Diego State and Michigan. During his time with the Wolverines, Funk coached a Rimington Trophy winner (David Molk), a two-time All-American (Taylor Lewan) and a First Team All-Big Ten performer (Patrick Omameh).

Akron offensive coordinator A.J. Milwee will now receive help from Funk in creating the team’s offensive game plan each week.

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Michigan announces hire of secondary coach

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Jim Harbaugh‘s initial staff at the University of Michigan is coming together nicely.

The school announced the hiring of Greg Jackson Wednesday as the team’s new secondary coach. Jackson will join defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin and defensive assistant Greg Mattison, who previously served as the team’s defensive coordinator.

Unlike the previous two hires, Jackson served on Harbaugh’s staff with the San Francisco 49ers.

“I got to know Coach Jackson as a player with the San Diego Chargers, and since that time I have been impressed by his approach to the game and his leadership,” Harbaugh said in a statement released by the school. “He has a proven track record working with elite NFL defensive backs and is very familiar with the Big Ten landscape. Our young men with the desire to play at the next level and the right work ethic will benefit from Greg’s approach and ability. I am excited to have him a part of the Michigan family.”

Before joining Harbaugh in the Bay Area, Jackson was an assistant coach with Wisconsin Badgers. He spent one season in Madison before leaping at the chance to coach at the NFL level.

Jackson, who played 12 years in the NFL, is now thrilled to return to a prominent job at a major collegiate program.

“I am very excited to be here at the University of Michigan,” Jackson said. “I have always known this is a special place, so when Coach Harbaugh asked me to join his staff there was no way I was going to pass up this tremendous opportunity. This school has it all, both academics and athletics that are steeped in tradition. I can’t wait to get to work with our student-athletes.”

The new secondary coach will now have the pleasure of coaching a talented group of defensive backs that includes Blake Countess, Jabrill Peppers, and Jarrod Wilson.

Must Follow: Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh joins the Twitter-sphere

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Participation in social media is now a must for college football coaches. They must build a public profile for a generation of recruits that live through their Twitter accounts and/or Facebook pages.

It’s been four years since Jim Harbaugh was with the Stanford Cardinal, but the new Michigan head coach remembers how the game is played.

Harbaugh — or some other Michigan official — created a new Twitter account Friday.  The Michigan coach already claims over 76,000 followers (and rapidly climbing).

What was Harbaugh’s scintillating first tweet?

Report: Jim Harbaugh finds his new offensive coordinator

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A familiar face will join new Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh as the Wolverines’ new offensive coordinator.

After spending 10 years as part of Harbaugh’s staffs at the University of San Diego, Stanford and with the San Francisco 49ers, Tim Drevno is prepared to rejoin Harbaugh at Michigan.

The Detroit NewsSam Webb first reported that Drevno will leave the USC Trojans:

The Los Angeles Daily NewsScott Wolf confirmed Drevno is leaving Los Angeles for Ann Arbor to take over Harbaugh’s offense with one caveat:

Drevno previously served as Harbaugh’s offensive coordinator with the San Diego Toreros. He became Stanford’s tight ends coach when the duo made the leap to FBS level. Drevno then became the 49ers’ offensive line coach before leaving for USC this year.

Webb also mentioned Morton. While the coach’s status remains unclear, Morton did serve as Harbaugh’s wide receivers coach with the 49ers.

Report: Michigan will meet with Jim Harbaugh this weekend

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The brass at the University of Michigan is about to turn up the heat on its pursuit of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

After missing the playoffs this season, Harbaugh is expected to be dismissed from his current position within days of the conclusion of the NFL season. It’s already gotten to the point where his family — specifically his brother, John — already accepts Harbaugh’s plight.

The Michigan job is there for the taking. The university plans to make an offer that would make Harbaugh one of the highest paid head coaches in college football. And it will likely officially do so this weekend.

The timing of the meeting will prove to be interesting.

If Harbaugh meets with Michigan officials and the search firm on Saturday, he’ll clearly be weighing his options, but he can’t immediately accept the job with the 49ers playing the next day. If the coach meets with school late Sunday, he could be Michigan’s head coach by the end of the night.

It all comes down to whether or not Harbaugh wants return to the collegiate game, specifically his alma mater. His family and friends are reportedly pushing for a return to Ann Arbor, though.

Either way, the situation will be resolved within the next few days.