San Jose State is having some changes at the offensive coordinator position. Football Scoop is reporting that Spartans offensive coordinator Jimmie Dougherty has been tabbed to be the quarterbacks coach on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan.
Dougherty and Harbaugh have coached together when the two were together at the University of San Diego between 2004-06 in various offensive assistant positions. When Harbaugh left to be the Stanford head coach, Dougherty remained at San Diego for two more seasons under Ron Caragher, who replaced Harbaugh. Dougherty was promoted to offensive coordinator for his final season at San Diego in 2008.
Besides the connections between the Harbaugh and Doughtery, money could be a reason to go to Michigan. At San Jose State, Doughtery was making $188,876 per year and he very likely will be making more money as a position coach at Michigan. Per USA TODAY's coaching salary database, the lowest pay for a Michigan assistant coach was $236,900.
In Dougherty's time at San Jose State it has not been great. 2013 was his first year on the job and it really helped to have future NFL quarterback David Fales on the roster. The offense averaged 32.4 points per game and put up 493.3 yards per game which was good for second in the league. With no Fales in 2014 the offense took a nose dive as the offense averaged only 395 yards per game and scored and 19.3 points per game.
Dougherty's reported replacement, also per Football Scoop, is none other than former San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges. Borges has most recently spent the 2011-13 season as the offensive coordinator for Michigan, and was not coaching for the 2014 season after Brady Hoke let him go at Michigan.
Borges and Caragher coached together from at UCLA between 1996-2000 when Caragher was the wide receivers coach and Borges was the Bruins offensive coordinator.
This does make a lot of sense since Borges has been a career offensive coordinator and has also been the offensive coordinator at Cal, Auburn, Indiana, Oregon, Boise State and others.