It appears Maurice Linguist poached one of Jim Harbaugh’s analysts upon leaving Ann Arbor. FootballScoop is reporting the new head coach at the University of Buffalo is hiring University of Michigan analyst Chris White to join his staff as the special teams coordinator.
During his time as head coach at Michigan, Harbaugh has hired several analysts with extensive coaching experience, and White is no exception. Before coming to U-M last season, White coached the tight ends with the Detroit Lions in 2019. He also had a four-year stint with the Minnesota Vikings as the assistant special teams coordinator.
At the college level, White was at the University of Iowa for four years as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. He also had multiple roles for nearly a decade at his alma mater of Syracuse, including special teams coordinator, tight ends coach, wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. He was also the special teams coordinator at the University of Connecticut.
While this won’t be a noticeable loss on the field, or from a play-calling standpoint, it still goes to show Michigan has well-respected and wanted coaches at every level, from the coordinators down to the analysts. Hopefully he and Linguist find success at Buffalo (unless they’re playing Central Michigan, of course).
Linguist was hired as Michigan’s co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach back in January. He was on the job for nearly five months in Ann Arbor before taking the vacant head coaching job at the University of Buffalo in the MAC. Linguist was replaced earlier this week by Kentucky assistant coach Steve Clinkscale.