Michigan fires offensive coordinator Borges

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm •  Published: January 8, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges Wednesday following a feast-or-famine season in which the Wolverines struggled to run the ball and protect their quarterback.

Michigan went 7-6 and finished 86th in the nation in total offense. The Wolverines scored 41 points in both a win over Notre Dame and a near-upset against Ohio State — but their offensive line looked overmatched in losses to Michigan State and Nebraska as Michigan fell well off the pace in the Big Ten race.

"Decisions like these are never easy," coach Brady Hoke said. "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."

A message was left with Borges seeking comment.

Borges was one of several assistants who came with Hoke from his previous staff at San Diego State. Hoke took over at Michigan after the 2010 season and led the Wolverines to the Sugar Bowl in his first year. But they dropped to 8-5 in the 2012 season and disappointed in 2013.

Quarterback Devin Gardner had his moments, but the Wolverines averaged only 3.3 yards per rush this past season while rotating a slew of interior offensive linemen.