Wolverines Sack Borges
By Rob Ogden
COLUMBUS, Ohio - If only he could have faced the Buckeyes every week, maybe it would have been enough for Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges to keep his job.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced Wednesday that Borges would not return to the Wolverines' staff next season.
Borges had one year remaining on his contract. He received a three-year extension in January 2012 after Michigan's offense averaged 33.3 points per game during his first season in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines averaged 32.2 points per game this year and scored 41 in a Nov. 30 loss to Ohio State.
Borges made it look easy against the Buckeyes, as Michigan torched Ohio State's defense for 603 yards.
Though the offense struggled mightily in other games this season. The Wolverines managed only six points against Michigan State, 13 against Nebraska and 14 against Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last month.
Against the Spartans, Borges' offense finished with a program-low minus-48 yards rushing.
Michigan finished 47th in the nation in points scored.
"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."
Borges had been Hoke's offense coordinator since he was hired by Hoke at San Diego State in 2008.
Rumors surfaced Wednesday that Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will soon be hired as Borges' replacement. The Wolverines are expected to make Nussmeier one of the five highest-paid assistants in college football.
Borges is still owed $650,000 by the school.
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