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Report: Maurice Linguist going to University of Michigan after one season with Cowboys

Cowboys shake up on their defensive staff continues.

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The Dallas Cowboys have adjusted their coaching staff on defense this offseason. After a disastrous first year under defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, they said goodbye to him and found former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn as a replacement.

One of the people that the team interviewed for their defensive coordinator position was actually Joe Whitt Jr., who wound up on staff anyway. The Cowboys hired Whitt as the team’s secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator to work with Dan Quinn.

It goes without saying that if the Cowboys found a new coach for their secondary that the old one would likely not be returning. Such is the case for Maurice Linguist who joined America’s Team after a stint in college football at Texas A&M. It appears that Linguist is returning to the college game and is heading to Jim Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan.

As part of a staff overhaul on defense, Michigan is hiring Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist to be the Wolverines’ co-defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.

Linguist, a longtime college assistant before joining the Cowboys for the 2020 season, will assist new defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, hired from the Baltimore Ravens to replace veteran play-caller Don Brown.

It is certainly nice to see that Linguist will get a chance to at least partly coordinate a defense. The Cowboys have a former Wolverines defensive back in Jourdan Lewis on their team, although his rookie contract is reaching the point of expiration and his last game for the team provided one of his worst moments.

Best of luck to Maurice Linguist in Ann Arbor. He was part of the group that oversaw Donovan Wilson’s development so for that we should all be grateful.

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