According to multiple reports, Michigan linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary is moving on to the SEC. Jean-Mary has accepted a position on the University of Tennessee coaching staff.
Jean-Mary was set to make $450,000 for Michigan this season and was actively recruiting players for U-M recently.
At 45, Jean-Mary was the oldest assistant coach on Michigan’s staff. Jean-Mary spent one season at Michigan, which was the worst defensive effort statistically during the Harbaugh era. Jean-Mary’s name was floated as an option for Urban Meyer’s staff for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and is considered to be a good recruiter. However, it’s fair to speculate that the interview with Meyer could have had the Michigan brass questioning whether his heart was truly 100% with Michigan. Jean-Mary’s willingness to take an interview with Meyer showed he was willing to jump ship, and now he has.
Now Michigan will be looking to fill Jean-Mary’s slot on the coaching staff, which shouldn’t be a problem with Michigan’s budget and resources. While some may consider Jean-Mary’s departure a negative, Michigan should be able to fill the void with ease. Before Jean-Mary arrived in Ann Arbor he spent the better part of a decade on the staff’s of Charlie Strong (Louisville, Texas, South Florida).
This is a developing story and we’ll have more information as it trickles in.