Jim McElwain: ‘I’m just trying to learn’ as Michigan assistant

Pep Hamilton is running the Wolverines offense, McElwain said, and he is just trying to learn under the QB coach.

Jim McElwain went from being the head coach at Florida to the wide receivers coach at Michigan within the span of months, but he doesn't seem to be bitter about his demotion.

McElwain, speaking for the first time since joining Jim Harbaugh's staff, said he is just trying to learn the ropes, but that passing-game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton was making sure the offense was running smoothly.

"I came in to learn and learn what Pep's teaching and to help him in any way I can," McElwain said, via the Detroit Free Press. "He's kind of running it. I'm just here to help him."

McElwain was fired at the end of November by Florida and joined Michigan's staff in February. If the term "coordinator" is added to his title, McElwain likely would be due a pay raise.

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However, McElwain isn't focused on that.

"More than anything, I'm just trying to understand the 'what' and 'how' and then maybe over the years of doing this I'll be able to help with (a few things)," McElwain said. "I'm not reinventing it. It's an offense that's here, I'm just trying to learn it."