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How Chris Partridge ended up coming back to Michigan

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The Wolverine Lounge can confirm the reports of Chris Partridge signing his contract to return as an assistant coach at Michigan.

Saturday morning, a source confirmed Partridge signed his contract. We waited to report the news per request of the source.

The reason for the hold up was due to Arizona’s head coaching vacancy, now filled by Kevin Sumlin.

Former Michigan assistant & UCLA OC, Jedd Fisch, was heavily in the race to become the Arizona head coach until the Sumlin news broke.

Sources told TWL that had Fisch been hired by the Wildcats, it was almost certain that Partridge would’ve joined him as DC.

So until that Arizona vacancy was filled, Partridge’s destination was still pending, despite Michigan leading the way, as TWL reported on Friday.

Here’s a quick timeline for reference.

1/8: Partridge becomes a hush candidate for DC, alongside HC candidate Jedd Fisch, at Arizona.

1/10: Chris Partridge was offered associate head coach/linebackers at Alabama, per a source.

1/12: A source told TWL that Partridge turned down Alabama’s offer and was down to Michigan and Arizona.

1/13: A new leader for the Arizona job surfaced, pushing Fisch out. Partridge then signed his Michigan contract, per a source.

1/14: Kevin Sumlin is hired by Arizona, officially. Reports from multiple outlets surface that Partridge signed his Michigan contract.

All in all, college football is a never-ending carousel of fun. Whether it’s on the field, in recruiting, or the coaching circuit.

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