Earlier this week, it was reported that Michigan was set to hire Michael Johnson Sr. Johnson was a head football coach at a high school in California, and had worked with Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson came with his own bonafides, but he is also the father of a talented class of 2019 recruit.
He’s also the father of Michael Johnson, who’s currently the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2019 and already claims at least six Power 5 scholarship offers. Michigan isn’t among them, according to 247Sports, but these things are hard to track this far ahead of time.
Harbaugh’s made similar moves before. He hired Paramus Catholic (N.J.) head coach Chris Partridge to his staff in January 2015, and Partridge became a key player in the Wolverines’ landing of five-star PC defensive tackle Rashan Gary in 2016 and four-star linebacker Drew Singleton in 2017.
On Friday, it was reported that a former Harbaugh charge, Oregon coach Willie Taggart, is bringing Johnson on.
And the reason Johnson won’t be going to Michigan has to do with the assistant limits placed on college coaching staffs.
the amendment delaying the addition of 10th coach until 2018 would have limited Johnson's opportunity at #Michigan— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) February 17, 2017
Currently you can only have nine assistants on a college coaching staff, and because of the budgetary concerns of some schools, that looks like any change to that rule will be delayed until 2018.
Oregon has the space on its coaching staff to add Johnson as an on-field assistant coach, whereas Michigan would have had to hire Johnson in an off-field capacity. It looks like Oregon wins the sweepstakes for his services.