Michigan hires Michael Johnson Sr., ex-NFL assistant who is dad of top-ranked 2019 QB

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Michael Johnson Jr., who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, is considered the best dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 recruiting cycle. Monday, Michigan hired his father to an as-yet-unknown staff position – but it’s not as nefarious as some would make it seem.

Johnson had coached his son at Sunnyvale (Calif.) The Kings Academy. The elder Johnson also has vast coaching experience, including 11 seasons as an NFL assistant; he was Jim Harbaugh’s quarterbacks coach with the San Diego Chargers in 2000. Johnson also has worked at Oregon State and UCLA.

Johnson joined UCLA as an offensive coordinator in 2011 and served as interim coach for one game following Rick Neuheisel’s firing that season. After leaving UCLA, he joined TKA’s staff in 2014.

Michigan currently has some analyst positions open. In addition, the NCAA is scheduled to vote in April as to whether FBS teams can add a 10th assistant to their staffs.

Also up for a vote is a proposal that would ban teams from hiring high school coaches of prospects “during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment” to fill a “non-football coaching” role. If Johnson is promoted to an on-field coaching job, it would not violate the proposal should it pass this spring.

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