Former Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to resurface in the SEC next season, in a lower-profile role.
Nussmeier spent three unsuccessful seasons as Florida’s offensive coordinator, with the Gators ranking in the 100s nationally in total offense and scoring each of those three seasons.
New Florida coach Dan Mullen has no holdovers from previous coach Jim McElwain’s staff as the Gators start fresh trying to revive their long-sagging offense and shake the sting of a 4-7 finish last season.
Nussmeier previously was an offensive coordinator at Fresno State, Washington, Alabama and Michigan, winning a national championship with the Crimson Tide. He left Alabama for Michigan, where he lasted just one season as the Wolverines ranked 112th in total offense (333 yards per game) and 109th in scoring (20.9 points per game) in 2014.
From there, he reunited with McElwain at Florida. The two had worked together at Michigan State in the early 2000s and, not coincidentally, Nussmeier later replaced McElwain as offensive coordinator at Fresno State and Alabama.
They couldn’t get it to work in Gainesville, though. Florida ranked 111th in total offense (334 YPG) and 100th in scoring (23.2 PPG) in 2015; 116th in total offense (344 YPG) and 107th in scoring (23.9 PPG) in 2016); and 109th in total offense (335.9 YPG) and 108th in scoring (22.1 PPG) this past season.
At LSU, Nussmeier would be working under new Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
SEC Country’s Alex Hickey reported that the hiring isn’t official, noting that “because offensive analyst is not an on-field position, Nussmeier must first be cleared by the NCAA as part of the new ‘Individual Associated With a Prospect’ rule. This rule is meant to prevent individuals who are connected to a particular recruit from being hired by a program as a pro quid pro for that player signing.”