Things like this happen in junior high all the time: Boy meets girl/girl meets boy, they have a relationship that lasts days or a few weeks before one of them dumps the other.
But this type of relationship structure doesn’t happen in the sporting world often. A coach normally doesn’t meet a school, accept offer at school, start recruiting for school, and then in the matter of about a month leaves school for another job.
Dan Enos has dumped Michigan for the popular girl in school, the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Source: Dan Enos expected to leave Michigan for Alabama. He’s expected to be associate HC and coach QBs.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 26, 2018
Six weeks ago Enos inked his contract becoming Michigan’s wide receiver coach with a clause that his salary would jump to $750,000 if he became a coordinator.
There are two sides to this story. The first would be that this is a better opportunity for Enos, and a better title (associate head coach). On the flip side, there are some serious questions about loyalty and transparency.
Maize ‘n’ Brew chatted with a recruit less than three days ago and Enos was actively recruiting him for Michigan. The question I’m raising is how long was Enos in contact with Alabama? Will Enos now try to flip some of the recruits he was speaking with Alabama’s direction before National Signing Day? These are valid questions and concerns.
I’m not insinuating Enos did anything illegal, but unethical? Perhaps. Shady? Maybe. Self serving? Definitely. You can decide if that’s a good thing in the long run of an existence or not.
This isn’t the first time Enos has left a program abruptly, as he left Central Michigan shortly before National Signing Day and joined the Arkansas coaching staff in 2015.
Congratulations to Mr. Enos, he has a good new gig. But it’s a bit uncool how he took the new gig at the same time. This is a pivotal final push to land recruits before National Signing Day, which is two weeks away. Any recruiting Enos did for Michigan is tarnished at a high degree and reflects negatively on the program, whatever he was selling to recruits he clearly didn’t truly believe.
Now Michigan will search for a new wide receivers coach, and they will hope to find one who won’t jump ship at the first opportunity that comes along. Chris Partridge didn’t leave for Alabama when they wanted him, why couldn’t Enos have done the same? Little things can say a lot about a man.
Update 9:17 PM ET
It appears Enos had a non-compete agreement in his contract with Arkansas, and being at Michigan for the time he was circumvented this.
Dan Enos' contract at Arkansas had a non-compete clause with other SEC schools (like Alabama) through Feb. 15, 2018.— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) January 26, 2018
Going to Michigan for 17 days allowed Enos to avoid the agreement in his contract regarding other SEC schools. https://t.co/rtiWdJryss
Was Enos intent coming to Michigan simply to be allowed back into the SEC and coach for Alabama? Yet another serious question that needs to be raised.
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