Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has a very important job at hand as the Gators look to maintain a lead in the SEC East race down the stretch in search of a repeat trip to Atlanta in early December.
But while he may be focused on his current job, it appears as though the coaching rumor mill is intent on talking about what job may be next for the Gators play caller. While Nussmeier’s name has already been tied to the Fresno State head coaching vacancy due to his time there as offensive coordinator in 2008, it appears as though ESPN has linked the Florida offensive coordinator to a Big Ten head coaching opportunity as well.
ESPN2 announcers Beth Mowins and Anthony Becht were on the call for the Penn State-Purdue telecast on Saturday, and the discussion must have drifted to who the Boiler Makers may make their next head coach after firing Darrell Hazell earlier in the season.
According to Inside The Gators’ Mark Wheeler, Nussmeier’s name was brought up among the many potential candidates for the gig:
On the ESPN2 broadcast of the Penn State – Purdue game the announcer listed Doug Nussmeier among his potential candidates for the Purdue job
— Mark Wheeler (@InsideTheGators) October 29, 2016
Whether Purdue is a fit or not for Nussmeier, it is becoming clear that he’s an increasingly popular name on the coaching rumors circuit. The 45 year old has spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Florida, and before that he enjoyed stints in the same capacity for Michigan, Alabama, Washington and Fresno State. That’s a pretty impressive resume which may prove to be worthy of a chance as a head coach.