It appears that Jimmie Dougherty finally will reunite with Jim Harbaugh.
Dougherty will leave San Jose State to join Michigan's coaching staff, according to Sports Illustrated's Thayer Evans. The 37-year-old will become an offensive assistant coach with Michigan but not in a full-time capacity because its full-time staff is filled.
Dougherty comes to Ann Arbor after spending the last three seasons with the Spartans, where he was the offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 before Al Borges' arrival -- yes, that Al Borges -- shifted him to their assistant head coach, wide receivers coach, and passing game coordinator in 2015. In his first season as OC, SJSU was 29th in Offensive S&P+, but the team fell to 114th the next year after quarterback David Fales graduated.
This will be the second time that Dougherty will work on Harbaugh's staff. Before Dougherty spent 2009 to 2012 as Washington's wide receivers coach, he was an assistant at the University of San Diego for five seasons, the first three of which were under Harbaugh. He was the Toreros' wide receivers coach in 2004, tight ends coach in 2005, and quarterbacks coach in 2006 -- Harbaugh's final season before he left for Stanford.
Dougherty nearly joined Michigan's initial staff last year when Harbaugh was hired as the Wolverines' head coach. FootballScoop.com reported that he would be hired in an unspecified role on the offensive staff, but the hire obviously never came to fruition.
One year later, though, it seems it has.