Cowboys defensive backs coach Maurice Linguist has a new job as co-defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports.
The Cowboys already have hired Linguist’s replacement. Joe Whitt Jr. will serve as secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator with new coordinator Dan Quinn.
Linguist, a longtime college assistant before joining the Cowboys for the 2020 season, will help Mike Macdonald replace Don Brown. The Wolverines hired Macdonald from the Ravens.
Linguist, 36, played defensive back at Baylor. He has coached the secondary at Texas A&M, Minnesota, Mississippi State and Iowa State and also has coached at the University of Buffalo, James Madison, Valdosta State and Baylor.
In 2017, in his only season at Minnesota, the Gophers ranked 11th nationally in passing defense (174.5 yards per game) and allowed only 16 passing touchdowns, which tied for 22nd in the FBS.