Offensive Coordinator Al Borges, who’s been criticized for his play calling throughout the last two seasons, has been relieved of his duties today (Jan. 8), according to a written statement released by the Michigan Athletic Department.
“Decisions like these are never easy,” said Hoke. “I have a great amount of respect for Al as a football coach and, more importantly, as a person. I appreciate everything he has done for Michigan Football for the past three seasons.”
In fairness, Borges came to Michigan in hopes of installing a pro-style offense, which was to feature a smash-mouth running attack with passing features similar to the West Coast Offense (made famous by Bill Walsh of the NFL San Francisco 49ers).
Was read-option foreign to Borges?
Unfortunately, Borges arrived in Ann Arbor with Hoke, who both came from San Diego State on the tail of fired-coach Rich Rodriguez.
Left for Hoke and Borges was a squad that ran a read-option offense, specializing in quickness instead of strength.
Also remaining was Denard Robinson, a fleet-footed dual-threat quarterback who set a variety of rushing records by a quarterback.
Borges, who also served as an OC at prestigious schools like Oregon, UCLA, and Auburn, will probably not be the last assistant coach to go, since rumors are already circulating about who will be next.
2013 a disappointment
The 2013 season was the worst under the regime of Hoke, DC Greg Mattison, and Borges. After posting a 7-5 regular season record and nearly upsetting arch-rival Ohio State, the Wolverines fizzled in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, dropping a 31-14 decision to Kansas State.
Michigan, who’s been beset by quarterback injuries since Borges arrived, was forced to use true freshman Shane Morris when it was learned that starter Devin Gardner had a broken foot.
Morris, who completed 24 of 38 passes for 196 yards against KSU, will be competing with Gardner and early enrollee Wilton Speight for the starting job.
Devin Gardner’s Passing Stats:
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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer