Michigan football hires Maryland assistant George Helow to coach safeties

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Michigan football is set to hire a current Big Ten assistant coach to join the Wolverines' staff.

George Helow, special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach for Maryland, will be appointed as Michigan's safeties coach, the Free Press confirmed.

CSU safety's coach George Helow talks with Rams defensive coordinator John Jancek before the Aug. 4 scrimmage at Canvas Stadium
CSU safety's coach George Helow talks with Rams defensive coordinator John Jancek before the Aug. 4 scrimmage at Canvas Stadium

Helow will take over a position group that spent the entire 2020 season without a coach after the university disclosed in November that Bob Shoop wasn't working in an on-field capacity.

Shoop had been hired last January and signed a two-year contract for $1 million.

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"He is performing team-related duties remotely," Michigan spokesperson Dave Ablauf said at the time. "In consideration of his privacy interests, we will have no further comment."

Aashon Larkins, a defensive and special teams analyst, assumed his duties.

Helow spent only one season at Maryland after a four-year stint at Colorado State. During his last two seasons with the Rams, he presided over the safeties.

Helow had previously worked at Alabama, Florida State and Georgia in support staff roles. He entered the coaching ranks after playing at Ole Miss from 2006 to 2010.

Helow is the third staff member to join Michigan since the school signed head coach Jim Harbaugh to a contract extension through 2025. Running backs coach Mike Hart was hired last week and Mike Macdonald was appointed the team's defensive coordinator Sunday.

At Michigan, Helow will take over a position group led by returning starters Dax Hill and Brad Hawkins.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg first reported the news of the hiring

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