Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 9, 2014

Sports in Brief: Wolverines fire coordinator Borges

The Associated Press

Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges Wednesday following a feast-or-famine season in which the Wolverines struggled to run the ball and protect their quarterback.

The Wolverines have reportedly hired Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to replace Borges, CBS Sports reported.

Michigan went 7-6 and finished 86th in the nation in total offense this season. The Wolverines scored 41 points in both a win over Notre Dame and a near-upset against Ohio State — but their offensive line looked overmatched in losses to Michigan State and Nebraska as Michigan fell well off the pace in the Big Ten race.

Borges was one of several assistants who came with Hoke from his previous staff at San Diego State.


BULLOUGH TO SHRINE GAME: Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has an opportunity to make a comeback.

The East-West Shrine Game announced Wednesday that Bullough has accepted an offer to play in its event Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The senior was suspended on Dec. 26 for violating team rules and the details of what he did were not announced and have not been reported. The two-time captain, third-team All-America and All-Big Ten player did not play in the Rose Bowl, where the Spartans beat Stanford.

PETRINO ACCEPTS LOUISVILLE OFFER: A person familiar with the situation The Associated Press on Wednesday night Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino has accepted an offer to return to Louisville as the Cardinals’ football coach. Petrino, 52, returns to the school he led to a 41-9 record from 2003-06. He has an 83-30 record as a college head coach, but was fired by Arkansas in April 2012 amid scandal.


MSU BEATS OSU IN OT: Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half.

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