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Michigan Football Assistant Is Reportedly Leaving For Head Coaching Job

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Michigan is in the midst of an undefeated regular season and making a push for a second straight College Football Playoff berth.

But a key member of the Wolverines' coaching staff will be leaving at season's end. 

Associate head coach Biff Poggi is expected to leave Jim Harbaugh's staff to become the next head coach at Charlotte, according to a report by Bruce Feldman of the Athletic.

Poggi will replace Will Healy, who was fired last month during his fourth season at Charlotte. The 49ers are 2-9 this season.

Poggi's story, as told by Feldman earlier this month, is an unusual one. A former offensive lineman for Dan Marino at Pitt, he spent most of the past 30 years as a high school coach in Baltimore, first at the Gilman School, then at St. Frances Academy.

Poggi spent one season on the Michigan staff in 2016, then rejoined the Wolverines last year. He does not have a coordinator title, but he's reportedly served as a trusted advisor for Harbaugh and helped mentor the coaching staff. 

Poggi has drawn a lot of credit for the team's remarkable run over the last two years, especially its 10-0 start to this season despite losing both coordinators from last season. Since the start of the 2021 season, the Wolverines are 22-2 overall and 16-1 in the Big Ten.

According to Feldman, Poggi was considered for the head coaching vacancy at Connecticut last year, which ultimately went to Jim Mora Jr. Now, he'll take over a Charlotte program that has just one winning season in the eight years since it joined the FBS.

Michigan will look to keep rolling without Poggi. The Wolverines will host Illinois on Saturday before closing the regular season against rival Ohio State.