GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is once again being listed as a head coaching candidate.
Nussmeier, who turned down the Southern Miss job last year, is in the running for the opening at Fresno State, according to a report Sunday from USA Today’s Dan Wolken.
Nussmeier served as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator in 2008 and was recommended for the job by Jim McElwain, who left Fresno State after one year to take the OC position at Alabama. Nussmeier succeeded McElwain there as well in 2012 before they linked up at Florida, their first time coaching together in 10 years.
The two coaches have a longstanding relationship after working on the same staff at Michigan State from 2003-05, and McElwain is happy for his right-hand man.
“I think it’s great,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in, you know, somebody gave me an opportunity and I’ll do everything I can to help him in any way that I can. And I do know this, we got a bunch of great candidates. But that’s what makes our coaching staff so good, is guys that are thought of in that vein.”
Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio has played under Nussmeier for three years (two at Florida, one at Alabama) and said he deserves an opportunity to be a head coach.
“I think he’s earned every bit of it,” Del Rio said of Nussmeier. “I know from personal experiences what it’s like to have to move with different coaching jobs. And he played in the NFL, so he’s sacrificed a lot and I’m really proud and happy for him.”