Report: 3 ex-Michigan football staffers to join Rich Rodriguez in Arizona
Former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez has landed in the desert, and now it appears he's bringing a few familiar friends with him.
FootballScoop.com reported Sunday that Rodriguez is set to hire former Michigan assistant coaches Tony Dews, Calvin Magee and Tony Gibson to his new staff at Arizona.
Gibson, Dews and Magee all served as assistants on Todd Graham's staff at Pittsburgh this season. On Sunday, Graham and Pittsburgh released a statement announcing the departure of all three assistants from the Panther program.
"I want to thank Tony Gibson, Calvin Magee and Tony Dews for their contributions during this past season," Graham said in the statement. "We will move expeditiously yet thoroughly in finding full-time replacements, and I know we'll have some exceptional candidates to consider. This is an opportunity for us to strengthen an already strong group of coaches and support staff."
Dews served as Rodriguez's wide receivers coach for three seasons at Michigan before coaching Pitt's tight ends last year. He also served as Graham's recruiting coordinator while at Pittsburgh.
Magee was an associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Michigan under Rodriguez for three seasons. This past season, he served as assistant head coach, running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator at Pitt.
Gibson was an assistant head coach, a secondary coach and a special teams coordinator during his three-year stay at Michigan. He was Pitt's secondary and pass defense coordinator this season.