Michigan loses co-defensive coordinator to head coaching job
Michigan co-defensive coordinator Maurice Linguist will not be with the Wolverines this season.
He accepted the Buffalo head coaching job on Friday afternoon:
— UB Football (@UBFootball) May 7, 2021
Linguist was only in Ann Arbor for a few months. Jim Harbaugh hired him back in January after he spent one season as the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive backs coach.
Linguist has ties to the Buffalo program. He was an assistant with the Bulls from 2012-13 before moving on to Iowa State.
Harbaugh will now have the uncomfortable task of finding a new position coach — and possibly co-defensive coordinator — mid-way through the offseason.
“I am happy for Mo Linguist and his family on this opportunity to be head coach at the University of Buffalo,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “We are excited for Coach Mo and know that he will do great things as a head coach.Harbaugh released a statement on Saturday morning in support of this decision.”
He’s been an excellent recruiter so far as well. According to 247Sports, Linguist is the primary recruiter for 5-star cornerback commitment Will Johnson.
Linguist inherits a Bulls program that’s been very successful recently. Buffalo went 6-1 last season and is 24-10 over its last three seasons. Buffalo’s only two bowl wins in program history have come in the last two seasons.
Linguist takes over for Lance Leipold, who accepted the Kansas job last week. Leipold spent six seasons with the Bulls and finished with a record of 37-33.