Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges receives 86 percent raise in new three-year contract
Offensive coordinator Al Borges has received a big pay bump after one season with the Michigan football team.
The Detroit Free Press reports Borges signed a three-year contract Jan. 24 that pays him $650,000 annually. That's almost twice as much as the $350,000 he made last year, when he helped guide the Wolverines to an 11-2 season.
Borges was not under a formal contract for 2011.
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The pay raise brings him more in line with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, who earns $750,000 annually, and helps ensure Borges sticks around after his name surfaced in several coaching searches during the offseason.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke told AnnArbor.com last month some of his assistants "had opportunities" to leave for different jobs this offseason, although he didn't name anyone.
He also said there had been no talks about raises for his staff -- noting "we didn't win the Big Ten" -- and that they came at the discretion of athletic director Dave Brandon.
"We’re real fortunate because we have an athletic director who, No. 1, played the game, played for Bo (Schembechler), loves Michigan, has gone out into the corporate world and has been the best of the best, and understands rewarding people when you feel the need to reward them," Hoke said.
"At the same time, if you’re not getting your job done, I’m sure you’ll have a conversation."
Hoke said money helps keep a staff intact, but his assistants' love for Michigan also is a big draw.
"We’re the winningest program in the history of college football," Hoke said. "Who else can say that?"
Borges' first season with Michigan was successful by most measures. His offense scored 33.3 points per game, which was up from 32.8 in 2010 despite transitioning to a new scheme and terminology.
He also has been praised for bending his West Coast system to fit the skill-set of star dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson.