Josh Gattis is reportedly returning to the Big Ten. Maryland is targeting Gattis as its next offensive coordinator, according to John Brice of FootballScoop.

Gattis joined Mario Cristobal’s Miami staff for the 2022 season but was let go after the Hurricanes struggled, failing to make a bowl game.

Gattis and Locksley have an interesting history. They were on staff together at Alabama in 2018. Locksley was the team’s offensive coordinator, while Gattis held a co-offensive coordinator title and coached wide receivers. When they both left for jobs in the B1G at Maryland and Michigan, there was some public back-and-forth in the media regarding the Crimson Tide’s playcalling and scheme.

What to make of the Gattis hire

Gattis and Locksley worked well together at Alabama, there’s no denying that. Alabama came up short of a national championship in 2018, but the receivers coached by Gattis were vital in making the Tide’s passing attack one of the most potent in the country at 323.6 yards per game that season.

As an offensive coordinator on his own, Gattis showed what he can do at Michigan, winning the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant coach in 2021. Gattis’ Wolverines offenses were effectively balanced.

The spat from 4 years ago appears to be water under the bridge for Locksley and Gattis. Now, if Locksley can help Gattis get back to what worked for him as an OC, it’s a strong hire for Maryland.