Wolverines parting ways with offensive coordinator Al Borges

Wolverines parting ways with offensive coordinator Al Borges
January 8, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Changes have come to Michigan following a disappointing campaign in Ann Arbor.

Head coach Brady Hoke announced Wednesday that offensive coordinator Al Borges would not be retained for next season.

"Decisions like these are never easy," Hoke said in a statement. "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."

This season was a struggle for the Wolverines, who started the season with sights set on a division championship and more before stumbling in Big Ten play. They put on an offensive show against rival Notre Dame, leading many to believe they were capable of big things. But after near-disastrous escapes vs. Akron and UConn, bad luck finally caught up with them, and they finished 3-5 in the Big Ten.

Borges was a constant target of fans' ire during the season, with the Michigan offense not performing up to their standards. By certain statistical measures, the Wolverines were an average Big Ten offense, finishing fourth in scoring offense with 32.2 points per game and fourth in passing offense with 247.8 yards per game through the air. But others revealed a different situation. Michigan ranked 10th in total offense, posting just 373.5 yards per game and 11th, second to last, in rushing offense with just 125.7 yards on the ground each week.

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While quarterback Devin Gardner performed well, he was under constant pressure all year long, and more than once the supposed dual-threat QB was limited to a negative rushing total. The Wolverines also had trouble getting consistent production from their running backs. A Gardner injury forced him out of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and Michigan had a poor showing behind true freshman quarterback Shane Morris.

Hoke's tenure at Michigan has been significantly better than the era that preceded him under coach Rich Rodriguez, but the Wolverines have not reemerged as one of college football's powers. After leading Michigan to an 11-2 record and Sugar Bowl win in his first season, Hoke has gone 15-11 in the past two years.

Borges coached under Hoke for the past five seasons, two at San Diego State prior to the last three at Michigan.