Michigan fires OC Al Borges

Updated: January 8, 2014, 9:01 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | ESPN.com

Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges on Wednesday.

"Decisions like these are never easy," coach Brady Hoke said through a news release. "I have a great amount of respect for Al as a football coach and, more importantly, as a person."

Borges, who also was the Wolverines' quarterbacks coach, was a member of Hoke's staff at San Diego State during the 2009 and 2010 seasons and was previously an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Auburn (2004-07), Indiana (2002-03), Cal (2001), UCLA (1996-2000), Oregon (1995) and Boise State (1993-94).

Borges was not a part of the coaching staff that recruited quarterback Devin Gardner to Michigan, but he did play vital roles in the recruitment of freshman Shane Morris and early enrollee Wilton Speight.

The Wolverines' offense under Borges never really resembled the types he coached previously. Despite the athleticism of players like Gardner and Denard Robinson, Michigan experienced several growing pains during Borges' time as coordinator.

Michigan begins spring practice Feb. 25 and will hold its spring game April 5.

Chantel Jennings | email

Oregon/Pac-12 reporter

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