Michigan hires former star Wheatley as running backs coach


Tyrone Wheatley is Michigan’s new running backs coach.

The school formally announced Wheatley’s hiring Saturday. He returns to the school where he was a standout running back and track star. He rushed for 1,357 yards as a sophomore in 1992, and he now ranks fifth on Michigan’s career rushing list.

Wheatley coached running backs for the Buffalo Bills from 2013-14. Before that, he coached running backs at Syracuse, Eastern Michigan and Ohio Northern. He was also the recruiting coordinator at EMU.

Wheatley says Michigan holds a special place in his heart, and he thanked new coach Jim Harbaugh for this opportunity.