Posted January 08, 2014

Report: Michigan hires Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier

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Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will try to revive Michigan's dormant offense this season.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will try to revive Michigan’s offense this season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Michigan will hire Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier for the same position, reports CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman.

Nussmeier, 43, will replace Al Borges who was fired after three seasons at Michigan.  In his first season with the Crimson Tide in 2012, Nussmeier helped the team set school records in offensive touchdowns scored, total points, total offense, and passing touchdowns.

This season, Alabama’s offense was in the top 10 in the NCAA in yards per play.

Meanwhile, under Borges, Michigan’s offensive regressed, ranking 42nd in his first season to 87th this season.

ELLIS: Michigan Wolverines fire offensive coordinator Al Borges

More from CBSSports.com:

The Wolverines, 7-6 in Hoke’s third season, ranked just No. 87 in total offense, No. 67 in scoring and No. 102 in rushing in 2013. However, Devin Gardner, who sat out Michigan’s 31-14 bowl loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with an injury, returns for 2014 along with a lot of young talent including dynamic sophomore TE Devin Funchess. Nussmeier also has some Big Ten roots, having spent three seasons at Michigan State as the Spartans QB coach.


10 comments
NickGarrison
NickGarrison

So - here's the deal.   I learned this a long time ago and I believe its pretty darn correct:


In the Pros - its X's and O's

In College - it's Jimmy and Joes


Quick Analogy - I give Saban the entire team of Florida International and he gets a year to work with them.

I get to coach Alabama - for 1 day...and we play a game.


Who wins?  

x72
x72

Wow, did not see this coming. Could be the best hire of the CFB off season.

ROLL TIDE1
ROLL TIDE1

good fit for Shane Morris.  Bama is going back to running...control the game. defense.  What made them successful.   Nuss is the real deal.  Very balanced attack....but prefers to air it out.  

PhilipBrown
PhilipBrown

Lane Kiffin was an offensive consultant for Bama during sugar bowl week, and Nussmeier was kinda put on backburner and not very involved the entire week leading up to the game. The rumor millls are saying Bama is going to hire Kiffin as OC, so appears Nussmeier kinda got pushed out...

BigBubba
BigBubba

Bama offense was solid during his 2 year stay there--I don't know much more about him than that.  Any Bama fans out there who can shed some light on him?  Is he a good OC?  Did he and Saban clash?  Why would he leave Bama with its run of success?

donald5
donald5

@NickGarrison How do you explain FCS Georgia Southern beating Florida?  Georgia Southern has about 20 less scholarships than Florida International and were able to beat a Florida team with athletes on par with Alabama.    I think if you gave Saban a year to prepare a specific game plan with FBS athletes to get ready for someone with zero coaching experience and one day to prepare, I'd say Saban wins.  Coaching a game takes a whole lot more than showing up an calling some plays.  I seriously doubt you could wing it.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@PhilipBrownseeing as he was looking for other jobs, I  would say bama was already planning his replacement and not the other way around

mashley278
mashley278

@BigBubbaI didn't see anything wrong with him, but obviously I'm not a coach. There were some questionable play calls. Some games you could see Alabama just controlling the offensive line and bursting off runs, but he would switch out and try something else. Or worse, he'd stick with a plan that was obviously not working, then switch late. For the first time, as a lifelong Bama fan, I found myself saying "JUST RUNT THE !#! BALL!!!". Not sure he made the right calls to actually control the game. It may just be that he didn't like working for Saban. Numerous coaches have said that he's not bad to work for, but you better come to work...a lot.

donald5
donald5

@BigBubba Yeah... it was solid in 2012 but this past year was pretty inconsistent.  VTech, Colorado State, Miss State, Auburn and Oklahoma all made Bama's offense look bad for stretches.  The first 4 kept Alabama's 3rd down conversion % below 30 and Oklahoma gave them fits all game.  I think last year worked because he had a remarkable group of offensive linemen that made everything look easy.