It appeared as if Sherrone Moore was getting his ducks in a row when it came to finalizing his coaching staff, but changes continue to keep coming.
The reports over the past few days indicated that while Michigan football lost defensive line coach Mike Elston to Jim Harbaugh and the Los Angeles Chargers, secondary coach Steve Clinkscale would remain in Ann Arbor. With the hire of defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, a favorite mantra has been ‘Wink and Clink.’ But now it’s just Wink.
According to multiple reports, Clinkscale reconsidered Harbaugh’s offer and will depart the Wolverines for the NFL after all.
This just in: Defensive backs coach and Steve Clinkscale is leaving Michigan to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff on the Chargers, sources with knowledge of the situation tell the Free Press.
Another major blow to the coaching staff, this one in particular on the recruiting trail. pic.twitter.com/fmT9yM3YCk
— Tony Garcia | Detroit Free Press (@RealTonyGarcia) February 10, 2024
While the maize and blue lose a lot of coaching talent, the good news is that Wink Martindale has produced a lot of underlings who have excelled not only working directly under him, but elsewhere. Case in point: both of Michigan’s most recent defensive coordinators coached under him while he was with the Ravens.
While Martindale wasn’t the one who hired Macdonald and Minter, it’s at least an indication that he can mentor those who work under him. We’ll see where the Wolverines go from here.