Here’s a twist: Prep coach whose son is star QB may be headed to Oregon, not Michigan


Michael Johnson Sr., the California high school coach whose hiring at Michigan drew criticism, apparently is staying on the West Coast after all, as Oregon’s wide receivers coach.

Johnson’s son, Michael Jr., is one of the most highly touted quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting class, and critics, including the SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum, derided Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh for the hiring.

Presumably, those who criticized Harbaugh now will be ticked off at Oregon coach Willie Taggart.

Taggart already has made one hiring at wide receiver coach. Jimmie Dougherty was named receiver coach in December, but Dougherty left last week to become UCLA’s wide receivers coach.

Worth mentioning again is that Michael Johnson Sr. is a long-time assistant coach, at both the pro and college levels. He coached in the NFL for 10 seasons, including serving as the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator.

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