- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Part of Michigan's coaching transition from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke meant a stronger financial commitment for assistant coaches.
Michigan lured defensive coordinator Greg Mattison from the Baltimore Ravens and made him the Big Ten's highest-paid assistant in 2011, at an annual salary of $750,000. Other Big Ten squads have since pledged more money to their assistants. Ohio State, for example, retained Luke Fickell on Urban Meyer's staff for $750,000.
While Mattison gets the most credit -- along with Hoke -- for fostering Michigan's turnaround last season, offensive coordinator Al Borges played a key role, too. Borges was put in a challenging spot as a pro-style coordinator working with a spread quarterback (Denard Robinson) and players recruited to Rodriguez's system. Although Michigan's offense had some hiccups last season, it still finished 13th nationally in rushing (221.9 ypg) and 26th in scoring (33.3 ppg).
Michigan has rewarded Borges with a big raise, increasing his compensation to $650,000 for 2012, the Detroit Free Press first reported. Borges, who didn't have a formal contract in 2011 and earned $350,000, signed a three-year deal in January.
From the Free Press:
Borges' contract, signed Jan. 24 and obtained by the Free Press through a public records request, has a base salary of $250,000 and additional compensation starting at $300,000 and rising by $50,000 each year. He also will have a deferred-compensation account that will receive $100,000 each year of the contract. The deferred compensation comes as long as he remains the offensive coordinator.
Michigan now employees two of the three highest-paid assistants in the Big Ten. Borges' increase is well deserved.
Borges is a career coordinator who has bounced around a lot during his career. He seems extremely happy at Michigan and will accelerate the transition toward his typical offense in 2013, after Robinson graduates. Borges has been with Hoke the past three seasons (San Diego State in 2009-10, Michigan in 2011).
Hoke last month told annarbor.com that some of his assistants had opportunities to leave after the season but didn't specify which ones. There was some chatter Borges would be in the mix for Fresno State's recent head-coaching vacancy, although it didn't gain much steam.
Barring a head-coaching opportunity, Borges likely isn't going anywhere, especially after signing the new deal.
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