When word spread that Fresno State was parting ways with coach Tim DeRuyter on Sunday, the first instinct for media types was to point to Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin as a potential replacement.
After all, Kiffin is a Fresno State alum with significant head coaching experience (shout-out to USC, Tennessee and Oakland Raiders fans). And Kiffin has worked hard to rehab his brand as a head coaching type with three fantastically successful seasons as Crimson Tide offensive coordinator under the watchful eye of Nick Saban.
But according to a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, there may be another SEC offensive coordinator to keep an eye on during this coaching search.
Wolken tweeted on Sunday afternoon that Gators OC Doug Nussmeier’s name was “floating around” discussions about who could be the next Fresno State head coach.
Florida OC Doug Nussmeier is another name floating around the industry today for Fresno State.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 23, 2016
That may seem like an odd connection on the surface, but Nussmeier actually has history at Fresno State. He served as the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2008 before moving on to accept the same role at Washington in 2009. He coached at Alabama and Michigan prior to arriving at Florida with Jim McElwain in advance of the 2015 season.
It’s a short stint, but perhaps Nussmeier, who was 37 at the time, made a lasting impression before moving on to Power 5 football.