This has been an off-season filled with staff changes and apparently it’s not over yet. The latest move is that assistant coach Mike Jackson will be moving on to take a position at Purdue. Jackson was known as the best recruiter on the staff and worked heavily with the guards. He was instrumental in the recruitment of Manny Harris among others and it’s safe to say that his loss will be a significant blow.
All three of the assistants (Dunn, Mahoney, and Jackson) that Michigan brought into last season have moved on. They have been replaced by Jeff Meyer and Bacari Alexander. I would assume that Beilein will move swiftly to replace Jackson, considering how late it already is in the summer.
Update: Here’s Beilein’s statement:
“We appreciate the positive contributions that Coach Mike Jackson has made to Michigan Basketball. We wish Mike nothing but the best in his future professional endeavors. My intention is to move quickly and efficiently to fill this coaching staff opening. Currently, we have an energized and proven staff in place. My focus is to add another experienced and knowledgeable teacher of the game, who has college recruiting experience both here in Michigan and throughout the Big Ten footprint.”
Update: It’s official. Jackson’s quote:
“I’m really excited for a new opportunity and a new challenge,” Jackson said. “I’ve known Coach Painter for a number of years, and I think he’s one of the best young coaches in the game. The chance to learn from him and help Purdue work toward a national championship is very exciting.”