Alabama OC Doug Nussmeier Leaves for Michigan

US PRESSWIRE

It doesn't happen often, but Nick Saban lost an assistant to the same job at another school.

According to CBS's Bruce Feldman, Michigan has hired Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier away for the same job. It was a rapid day of change in Ann Arbor, as Brady Hoke fired former OC Al Borges earlier today.

Nussmeier came to Alabama for the 2012 season after Jim McElwain left the job for the head coaching job at Colorado State. Bama posted the best offensive F/+ rating of Nick Saban's Alabama tenure in Nussmeier's first year, but it came back down a little to a still-excellent rating this year. Saban assistants frequently leave to take other jobs, but generally it's only when they're title upgrades. It's odd seeing Nussmeier leave Bama for the same job at another school.

The key towards the move is probably Feldman's reported detail that UM plans to make Nussmeier one of the five highest paid assistants in college football. If true, it means he'll be around the range of $1 million or more per year. While Alabama is certainly not hurting for money, it doesn't need to break the bank to keep Nussmeier around. Being Saban's offensive coordinator certainly has a great appeal, and between McElwain and now Nussmeier, it's a job that can be a springboard for greater things.

Then again, SI's Stewart Mandel thinks Saban wasn't a fan of this year's offense, and Nussmeier reportedly was interested in the currently vacant OC job at Notre Dame. Apparently Paul Finebaum was insinuating that Nussmeier wasn't long for the job yesterday, though I didn't hear that myself. The fact that UM swiped him mere hours after announcing Borges's firing would make it seem like this was prearranged. I don't think this was a, "leave so we don't have to fire you" deal, but it doesn't seem like Bama wanted to fight for him

As for replacements, it's still early yet. The one name that has frequently come up tonight is—and this is not a joke—Lane Kiffin. Kiffin visited with Alabama during bowl practice last month, and Saban had nothing but good things to say about him. I'm not sure I believe that'll come to pass, but stranger things have happened. Today, even.

I can't imagine Alabama will take long to fill the vacancy, as I suspect it's probably already received a couple of resumés. It's a premier job, and plenty of good people will want it. I don't expect the spot to fill within a few hours like with Michigan's did, but with Signing Day drawing ever closer, there's no time to lose.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Join Team Speed Kills

You must be a member of Team Speed Kills to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Team Speed Kills. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker