Report: Alabama Adds Former Michigan Assistant To Coaching Staff Before CFP Semifinal

Alabama has made a significant addition to its coaching staff as they prepare for their College Football Playoff semifinal clash against Michigan. The Crimson Tide have brought in George Helow, a former Michigan assistant coach, according to a source.

Helow’s most recent coaching stint was as Michigan’s linebackers coach in 2021 and 2022, working under coach Jim Harbaugh. However, he and Michigan parted ways in February, following the return of Chris Partridge to coach the linebackers. Notably, Helow did not have a coaching role this season.

While the exact nature of Helow’s role with Alabama hasn’t been disclosed, it’s confirmed that he won’t be among the Tide’s 10 on-field assistants.

Alabama, entering the College Football Playoff as the No. 4 seed, is gearing up to face the No. 1 ranked Michigan Wolverines on January 1st in the CFP Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game, presented by Prudential.

During his time with Michigan, Helow developed several standout linebackers, including current players like Michael Barrett and Junior Colson. He worked closely with Wolverines’ defensive coordinator Jesse Minter in 2022.

The hiring of Helow comes after Michigan fired Chris Partridge last month due to violations related to discussing an ongoing NCAA investigation. Partridge, in his statement, denied knowledge of the prohibited off-campus signal-stealing operation led by former Michigan staff member Connor Stalions.

This move marks a return to familiar territory for Helow, who started his coaching career as an intern under Alabama coach Nick Saban in 2012. He has since gained experience at various programs, including Florida State and Georgia, and now finds himself back with the Crimson Tide as they chase another national championship.