The Oregon Ducks have targeted Michael Johnson to become the team's wide receivers coach, according to a source.
The hire has not been officially made but talks are underway.
Johnson, should the hire go through, would replace Jimmie Dougherty, who two weeks ago left UO to coach wide receivers at UCLA after being on the Ducks' staff for less than two months.
Johnson had been set to join Michigan's staff but that fell through. His potential hire at Michigan created some controversy because he is the father of high school quarterback Michael Johnson Jr., who is rated as one of the top passers in the 2019 recruiting class.
Johnson spent the past three seasons coaching his son's high school team at The King's Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif. His son has already received offers from Florida State, California, Arizona and others.
The mini controversy surrounding Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh looking to hire Johnson revolved around the idea that doing so would lead to his son also ending up at Michigan. However, Johnson's credentials make him more than qualified to coach anywhere. Prior to coaching at King's Academy, Johnson coached for UCLA, the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers and at Oregon State.
The hiring of Johnson would round out new coach Willie Taggart's staff after recent turmoil.
Oregon recently hired Marcus Arroyo as co-offensive coordinator to replace David Reaves, who followed Taggart to UO from South Florida. Reaves resigned two weeks ago after being arrested by Eugene Police for DUI in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 22 during a heavy recruiting weekend.
In the car with Reaves that night was Dougherty, who was not cited or arrested. He continued to work for Oregon while Taggart began searching for a replacement for Reaves and the staff finalized their recruiting class.
A week after the Feb. 1 signing day, Dougherty left Oregon to coach wide receivers at UCLA, creating a second opening.
Former LSU receivers coach Dameyune Craig was a prime candidate to replace Dougherty but a deal could not be reached, according to sources.
Johnson began his coaching career at Oregon State coaching wide receivers (1997-98) and then quarterbacks (1999) under Mike Riley. In 2000 he coached quarterbacks for Riley with the San Diego Chargers (2000-01) and stuck in the NFL. He coached with Atlanta (wide receivers in 2002 then quarterbacks, 2003-05), Baltimore (wide receivers, 2006-07), in San Francisco before Harbaugh arrived (quarterbacks, 2009-2010, offensive coordinator, 2010) then he went to UCLA in 2011 where he was the offensive coordinator. He began coaching high school football in 2014.