Al Borges Isn't Being Retained by Brady Hoke

By DJ Byrnes on January 8, 2014 at 5:33p
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Brady Hoke said he had no plans to alter his coaching staff, but as Michigan fans can attest, things rarely go according to Brady Hoke's plans. From Michigan's official site:

ANN ARBOR, Mich.-- University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 8) that offensive coordinator Al Borges will not be retained for the 2014 season.

"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."

Prior to joining U-M in 2011, Borges was a member of Hoke's staff at San Diego State in 2009 and 2010.

There is only one man who can fill Borges' shoes.

Lane Kiffin? Brady Hoke is on the line.


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TMac's picture

ONE Not Done!

German Buckeye's picture

Waiting on some grey boxes for our staff....

Aesculus.'s picture

Quite possibly the most important moment for the Bucks since Meyer was hired.  A quality hire and return to quality D, could produce National Championships.

razrback16's picture

You wait, and I'll hope. :)

otrain2416's picture

Damn I thought firing their offensive line coach would be a better move for them.

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

M Man's picture

Darrell Funk might be gone too.
I have expected this since November.
I do think that this was probably driven by Dave Brandon.  The timing is almost exactly the same, to the day, that Brandon relieved Rich Rodriguez on January 5, 2011 -- also a Wednesday.  Brandon's formalized time for annual review of his football staff.
We've noted previously how rare it is in the B1G for head coaches to fire their assistant/coordinators.  Not unheard of; just very rare.  But perhaps more common at Michigan than elsewhere.  Lloyd Carr made similar changes, mostly on the defensive side.
I do not know who the new OC will be.  I welcome the change.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Fired perhaps he was so brilliant versus OSU this past "The Game", and Brandon & Co. were wondering where the hell that was the rest of the time?
Note to Brady: Lane Kiffin is available.

Jdadams01's picture

They'll have to get an up and comer. I don't see any established OC's heading there for Hoke.

brandonbauer87's picture

I disagree. The total control over the offense that Hoke offers should be pretty attractive to a quality coordinator. I don't think Hoke has ever been accused of being too involved in offensive coaching. 

M Man's picture

I agree with this.  The new OC will be given a lot of free rein I expect.  And, because Hoke, Fred Jackson, Greg Mattison, Jeff Hecklinski and Curt Mallory are all devoted recruiting freaks, the incoming OC probably won't even be expected to spend half his life on the national recruiting trail.  Borges didn't.
I think it will be an attractive job.  I'll bet that they have been thinking about candidates for weeks.  Brandon will pay willingly, for high-level talent.

PittBuckeye's picture

This^, plus the fact that those skunk weasels are still pulling in a lot of talent, and the tradition (blah), they're more than capable of getting a rather upper echelon coach.

Kaceybrown's picture

New safeties coach?


bucknasty13's picture

I know what you are all thinking...Why doesn't he have a chair at his computer desk?

JKH1232's picture

..Is it bad that was the first thing I actually though of?

SHAKENBAKE68's picture

I think this was due to missing Pizza and wings!
Go Bucks!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Damn that dude looks like Uncle Fester.

TilstheHun3's picture

So long Uncle Fester:

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Hopefully this means Michigan won't save all its tricks for when they play us

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

cuttyrock's picture

If Bollman can get another job so can Borges. Why can't i get a six figure gig calling plays. I know I can lead a top 15 offense or defense. One rule about me is, if I call a play and you don't stop expect to see a lot then when you think it's coming I will run the exact opposite.

biggy84's picture

This guy would be perfect for tsun!

Kurt's picture

Brent Pease is available.

BassDropper's picture

Some of the names I see Michigan fans throwing out there

John Gruden
Chad Morris
Montgomery (Baylor's OC)
Lane Kiffin


armybuckinva's picture

Michigan: It will be interesting to see if former USC head coach Lane Kiffin, Chicago Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh or former Tampa Bay Bucs quarterbacks coach John McNulty, or Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner emerge in Brady Hoke's search for a new offensive coordinator. Groh previously served as the wide receivers coach at Alabama before joining Marc Trestman's staff last off-season.

BassDropper's picture

Wow. Not sure how I would feel about Lane Kiffin if he were to be hired by OSU (I know there is a snowballs chance in hell that would ever happen) The guy seems to ruin every program he has been around, besides his OC days at USC. 
I personally want UM to get the best guy possible. Sad days when you have to root for your rival to be good.


Whoa Nellie's picture

Hoke was truthful in December, when he said Borges would be retained.  He also said he was having the staff over for dinner.  Takes a little while to digest the coach you just ate.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Me thinks it wasn't Brady's decision.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Sauce Bauss's picture

I bet Borges got fired because he stole the last piece of pie from the fridge and NOBODY takes Brady's pie and gets away with it. 

buckifishr's picture

Your move Urban!

Bamabucknut's picture

You can say that again !

Jack Fu's picture

Awwwwww, dammit.

Kurt's picture

Wonder what the odds are that Studrawa announcing his departure from LSU is not coincidental with Borges being canned.....?

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Hoke released an under performing coordinator. Maybe Urban can learn something from him after all.

Yeti's have feelings too.

Bamabucknut's picture

Actions speak louder than words.....Urban.

BoFuquel's picture

Yeah it should have been Hjoke. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

This should be good...

BassDropper's picture

I saw on scout that a new coach will be hired tmw, will supposedly be a "wow hire" from the NFL. May of them think its Chud.


PittBuckeye's picture

I always like Chud, he'd be a good hire, but that would surprise me.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Chud is a Toledo St Johns guy...but Herbie tweeted thats its not going to be Chud and that its going to be a current college OC.

And alos that scUM fans will be excited.

blueinsconsin's picture

What's scary is that Borges was probably 2 points away from keeping his job

Not here to troll...Go Blue

blueinsconsin's picture


Not here to troll...Go Blue

Chief B1G Dump's picture

What is Nussmeier goes to scUM and then Lane Kiffin goes to Bama...

Bobcat04's picture

Now I just hope Urban has the guts to roll a couple of heads on our defensive staff. That's what happens:  A unit glaringly doesn't cut it, not show improvement, and changes are made. If Urbs stubbornly retains all besides Withers, Hoke has officially done more to improve his team in the offseason than Meyer. 

urban86's picture

Three words...._ichigan still SUX

buckeye70's picture

Hoke released Borges because he ate too many wings at the BWW Bowl.  Next year there will be more wings for Brady with anothe 7-5 record.


The atmosphere in College Park will be crazy because at lease 40 % on the stadium will be Buckeye fans. Go Bucks

Hovenaut's picture

I think this is a good thing.