It appears that Paul Finebaum got worked up about nothing.
The SEC personality called Jim Harbaugh a “cheater” for reportedly hiring Michael Johnson, the father of elite 2019 quarterback Michael Johnson, Jr. That prompted Harbaugh to call out Finebaum for providing “alternative facts.”
Apparently Harbaugh knew what he was talking about. According to a report from TheMichiganInsider.com’s Sam Webb, Johnson will be taking a job as an assistant coach at Oregon, not Michigan.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) February 17, 2017
Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman confirmed that report.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 17, 2017
Michigan didn’t have a staff spot available, but the NCAA was expected to pass a proposal to allow teams to have a 10th assistant coach that would go in effect this April. Then an amendment was put in, which won’t allow that to happen until January.
Oregon does have a spot opening on its staff after receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty left Oregon to join up with former Michigan assistant Jedd Fisch on UCLA’s staff.
A position coach at Oregon would be a step up from being an analyst at Michigan.
Johnson was most recently at King’s Academy, where he served as the team’s head coach for the last three years. Before that, he served as UCLA’s offensive coordinator and interim coach. That was after a decade in the NFL, including a year as Jim Harbaugh’s quarterbacks coach in San Diego in his final season as a player.
King’s Academy announced the news earlier in the week, but Michigan never made it official.
If Johnson is indeed heading to Oregon, where he would join Harbaugh disciple Willie Taggart, Finebaum’s argument would certainly lose any credibility.