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Michigan Co-DC Maurice Linguist heading to Buffalo, potential replacements named

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Michigan is forced to replace its co-defensive coordinator in May.

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The Michigan Wolverines have a big hole on the staff to fill heading into the second week of May, as multiple media reports confirmed the news that Maurice Linguist will become the new head coach at Buffalo. Football Scoop was the first to report it earlier Friday before other outlets shared the news later in the day.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh made Linguist, 37, one of the critical hires on the defensive coaching staff, hiring him from the Dallas Cowboys to co-coordinate the defense with Mike Macdonald and coach the defensive backs. His stint with Michigan now ends after five short months on the job.

Linguist was expected to coordinate the defensive backs and install coverages in Michigan’s new scheme, which is being helmed by a first-time coordinator in Macdonald. He is also a talented recruiter and has been a major asset on the trail during his short stay in Ann Arbor, which makes this a pretty sizable loss so soon into the program’s reboot.

Michigan completed spring practices in April and now will do so with another new face on the defensive side of the ball. Early buzz out of Ann Arbor is that Kentucky’s Steve Clinkscale is a name high on the list, while current analyst Doug Mallory is also someone that might be in consideration.

There is no way to slice it where this is not a bad development for Michigan. What are the chances a job opens up in May and one of your recent hires is high on the list? It is a tough situation all around, but making another run at Clinkscale could help soften the blow.