Michigan football took quite a blow when defensive assistant Chris Partridge left the program to become co-defensive coordinator at Ole Miss, and now details about Partridge’s contract with the Rebels have revealed the coach left without an increase in pay.
Mlive reported that after reviewing a copy of Patridge’s contract with Ole Miss, the coach is due to receive $625,000 in 2020 — the same total he was due for under his contract with the Wolverines.
Some other details of Partridge’s contract include that he has added the role of safeties coach and stipulations relating to how much he would be required to pay the university were he to leave. Per Mlive:
According to terms of his Michigan contract, Partridge does not owe the school a buyout amount for taking a defensive coordinator job outside of the Big Ten. At Ole Miss, Partridge’s contract requires him to pay back 200 percent of his salary if he leaves for another college assistant job within 120 days of signing it, and 100 percent of his salary if he leaves prior to the final regular season game (or conference championship) in 2021.
Partridge, 39, left Michigan with a vacancy at special teams coordinator and linebackers coach. The Wolverines promoted Jay Harbaugh to special teams coordinator and recently hired Brian Jean-Mary as linebackers coach to fill those voids.
Questions surrounding Partridge’s departure — considering he left for equal amount of money — have popped up on social media, but many believe the move is simply for the promotion to co-defensive coordinator.
Michigan fan A thinks there’s reason to question why Chris Partridge left Michigan with zero promotion for Ole Miss.— Hot Take Empire (@HotTakeEmpire) January 30, 2020
Michigan fan B thinks there’s no concern and he was an average coach anyways.
Who’s to know who’s right?
.. it’s A. A is right.
Regardless, Partridge’s recruiting ties to the northeast are phenomenal. Already, his recruiting prowess has been felt by the Rebels.
Ole Miss and @Lane_Kiffin get a big commit in ESPN 300 defensive end Demon Clowney. Hiring Chris Partridge already paying off in recruiting for Kiffin and his staff, Partridge had a big part in this one. https://t.co/Uy8hpfyFgw— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 21, 2020
Michigan brings on Top 10 kicker
The Wolverines have brought aboard the nation’s No. 9-ranked kicker as a preferred walk-on for the 2020 class.
Cole Hassung, who ranks ninth as a kicker but also is ranked among the top 15 punters in the nation, announced his commitment on Twitter Wednesday.
Hassung told MLive he hopes to receive a scholarship offer when one is available.
Three plays who could contribute right away
Rivals.com recently broke down three players from the incoming recruiting class who could see some playing time right away.
The list shouldn’t be too much of a shock. According to Rivals, linebacker Kalel Mullings, wide receiver A.J. Henning and running back Blake Corum could all see time right away.
Here’s what the website had to say about the three incoming freshmen.
U-M is losing three significant contributors from its linebacking unit in Josh Uche, Khaleke Hudson and Jordan Glasgow, but nevertheless remains in solid shape at the position with redshirt sophomore Cam McGrone, redshirt junior Josh Ross and redshirt sophomore Michael Barrett expected to man the starting roles.
The linebacking depth is mostly inexperienced, however (with the exception of fifth-year senior Devin Gil), and that’s how Mullings could potentially work his way onto the field.
At No. 92 nationally, he is the highest rated prospect Michigan signed in its 2020 class, and it’s fair to expect him to find himself in the two-deep right from the get-go.
It’s unlikely Henning takes on a significant role in U-M’s offense next season when considering the high number of players returning with experience at the position, but it would not be a surprise to see the coaches try and get the ball in his hands in creative ways, similar to how Sainristil and Jackson were used this past year.
This could mean lining Henning up in the backfield at times, or putting him in motion on jet sweeps, etc. — basically anything to create mismatches for opposing defenses and to take advantage of his speed.
Speed is an asset for Corum and should allow him to see the field next season, perhaps working as a change of pace option from the bruising style that Charbonnet and Haskins present.
Freshman runners have made an impact in the past under head coach Jim Harbaugh (fifth-year senior Chris Evans in 2016, for example, when he ran for 614 yards), and while carries may be hard to come by in a loaded backfield, Corum should at least receive a few per game in 2020.
He is also quite battle-tested already in a lot of ways, having played arguably the nation’s toughest high school schedule last year at Baltimore St. Frances.
Corum also enrolled early and took part in Michigan’s Citrus Bowl practices, which should give him a significant leg up on his path to early playing time next season.