Remember all that hoopla about Jim Harbaugh hiring the father of a 4-star QB as a Michigan staff member? We can all calm down now.
Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider reports that Michael Johnson will become the wide receivers coach at Oregon instead of heading to Ann Arbor.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) February 17, 2017
Johnson was likely going to take an analyst position with Michigan then get a full-time job when the NCAA added a 10th position in April. But the NCAA is now considering pushing back to a later date the expansion of coaching staffs. That’s why Johnson heading to Oregon makes sense — ex-Michigan analyst Jimmie Dougherty left the Ducks for UCLA. He was expected to coach wide receivers.
Johnson played at Akron and Arizona State in the late 1980s, then spent five years in the CFL and AFL. He coached wide receivers and quarterbacks for more than a decade and became the 49ers offensive coordinator in 2010. He took the same position at UCLA in 2011, then took a few years off before becoming the head coach at King’s Academy (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in 2014.
That resume checks out for a college assistant, right? Yes, but the debate centered around Johnson’s son — Michael Johnson Jr., the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports. Hiring Johnson Sr. would give Michigan an inside track to landing him — that’s what Finebaum had a problem with.
“This is wrong,” Finebaum said. “It may not be illegal by NCAA standards and bylaws as of this moment, but to me it is cheating. It’s blatantly disregarding the spirit of the NCAA rules. We all know why he’s doing it.”
Harbaugh hired Paramus (N.J.) Catholic coach Chris Partridge in January 2015. He was the high school coach of Jabrill Peppers and top 2016 recruit Rashan Gary.