Al Washington and Greg Mattison both traded in their maize-and-blue polos for a scarlet-and-gray wardrobe last month, but each assistant coach left Michigan for Ohio State with different reasoning explaining their respective moves.
Greg Mattison got a late-career promotion. Al Washington effectively came home. Both ended up in Columbus.
Ryan Day admitted he thought about whether or not to snag a couple coaches from Ann Arbor, Michigan, before making the move, saying “it was in consideration, yeah,” with a smile. A Michigan-to-Ohio State move – and vice versa – isn’t entirely new. Jim Harbaugh hired Ed Warinner as the Wolverines offensive line coach after he had a one-year stop at Minnesota following his stint with the Buckeyes.