Jimmie Dougherty

Source: Oregon targets Michael Johnson to coach wide receivers

Source: Oregon targets Michael Johnson to coach wide receivers

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.  

UO wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty leaving for UCLA

UO wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty leaving for UCLA

An Oregon source has confirmed that wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty is leaving Oregon to take the same position with UCLA.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports first tweeted the news earlier this morning. 

Dougherty, who was hired away from Michigan by new UO caoch Willie Taggart, follows former co-offensive coordinator David Reaves out the door.

Although sources have not confirmed a connection, Doughety was the adult male in the car with Reaves when he was pulled over and arrested for DUII last month.  Oregon announced that it would proceed with firing Reaves with cause but he resigned on Friday. 

At UCLA, Dougherty will be reunited with new Bruins offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, who spent the past two seasons as the passing game coordinator at Michigan. 

A potential replacement for Dougherty could be former LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, once rumored to be a candidate to become UO's offensive coordinator. LSU fired Craig last week

No potential replacement for Reaves has been named, either. According to a source, both positions could be filled by this weekend. 

Dougherty's departure comes a week after Oregon landed a strong recruiting class that he participated in recruiting. Dougherty could be found in photos and videos with recruits announcing their commitment to UO. 

Dougherty, who came to Oregon from Michigan, was the second assistant officially hired by Taggart, following defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt. 


Oregon assistant coach Jimmie Dougherty was in car with David Reaves during DUI arrest

Oregon assistant coach Jimmie Dougherty was in car with David Reaves during DUI arrest

Oregon confirmed today that wide receivers coach Jimmie Dougherty was the adult passenger Eugene Police stated in its report was riding in the car with co-offensive coordinator David Reaves when he was stopped and arrested for DUI and other charges early Sunday morning.

Dougherty has not been charged with a crime, according to an Oregon press release. 

UO is in the process of firing Reaves, 38, with cause after the incident that occurred at 2:12 a.m. at 10th Street and Willamette Street and involved the response of six police cars. Reaves was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. 

Both Dougherty and Reaves were recently hired by new Oregon coach Willie Taggart.

Oregon officially announces Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Oregon officially announces Jimmie Dougherty as WR coach

Oregon today officially announced its second assistant under new coach Willie Taggart, naming Jimmie Dougherty as wide receivers coach.

Dougherty comes to Oregon after spending a year under Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, serving as an offensive analyst for the nation's 12th-best scoring team (41.0 ppg).

Prior to joining Harbaugh in Ann Arbor, Mich., Dougherty worked for three seasons (2013-15) as assistant head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at San Jose State. While with the Spartans, Dougherty helped run an offense that set 10 single-season team records and saw players establish more than 35 individual school marks.

Dougherty has experience coaching in the Pac-12 before going to San Jose State, coaching wide receivers at Washington from 2009-12. He first teamed up with Harbaugh in 2004 at San Diego, where he spent his first four seasons with the Torreros in
multiple capacities. Dougherty coached wide receivers in his first year before taking over as tight ends coach in 2005, and moved into the role of passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006-07 where he groomed Josh Johnson, the school's all-time leading passer. In 2008, Dougherty was elevated to offensive coordinator and led an offense that averaged 35.3 points per game.

A quarterback at Missouri for four seasons during his playing days (1997-2001), Dougherty began his coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Illinois Wesleyan during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Oregon last week announced that Jim Leavitt will become the Ducks' new defensive coordinator. 

Reports: Oregon to hire Jimmie Dougherty as wide receivers coach

Reports: Oregon to hire Jimmie Dougherty as wide receivers coach

Oregon will hire Jimmie Dougherty away from Michigan to become the Ducks' wide receivers coach, according to multiple reports.

FootballScoop.com first reported the news

Dougherty spent this season as an offensive analyst at Michigan under head coach Jim Harbaugh, a mentor ofr new Ducks coach Willie Taggart.

Dougherty's other stops include:

Dougherty played quarterback at Missouri from 1997 to 2001. He is married with two daughters.

Last week Taggart named Jim Leavitt defensive coordinator