Nussmeier expected to land Tide’s coordinator job

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With Brian Schottenheimer and Dirk Koetter opting to remain at the NFL level, Alabama has decided to pluck its new offensive coordinator from the collegiate ranks.

According to Tom Dienhart of the Big Ten Network, Doug Nussmeier will become the Tide’s new coordinator.  The hiring, if it comes to fruition, comes a few days after Nussmeier interviewed for the position.

An official announcement from the school is not expected today.

Nussmeier had spent the past three season in the same capacity at Washington, although head coach Steve Sarkisian was in charge of calling plays on game day.  At Alabama, Nussmeier will call the offensive shots, which likely was the deciding factor in his decision to move across the country.

As part of Sarkisian’s first coaching staff, Nussmeier has been one of the factors behind the complete transformation/reclamation of the Huskies’ offense.  The year prior to the arrival of Nussmeier as part of Sarkisian‘s first coaching staff at UW, the Huskies finished the 2008 season 117th in scoring offense (13.3 ppg) and 116th in total offense (263.2 ypg); in 2011, UW finished 25th (33.4 ppg) and 38th (409.6 ypg) in those categories, respectively.

Prior to his time at UW, Nussmeier spent a year as Fresno State’s coordinator and three years as Michigan State’s quarterbacks coach, with two years as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams in between.

He will replace Jim McElwain, who agreed to become the head coach at Colorado State late last year.