BATON ROUGE, La. — Former Alabama, Florida and Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier may soon be joining the LSU coaching staff as an offensive analyst, but it is not yet a done deal, a program source informed SEC Country.
As FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman initially reported, Nussmeier is expected to join the LSU staff. But in order to be hired, he first has to go through the same process that Kevin Faulk recently did before being named LSU’s director of player development.
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.
As the bylaw reads:
In bowl subdivision football, during a two-year period before a prospective student-athlete’s anticipated enrollment and a two-year period after the prospective student-athlete’s actual enrollment, an institution shall not employ (or enter into a contract for future employment with) an individual associated with the prospective student-athlete in any athletics department noncoaching staff position or in a strength and conditioning staff position.
In Faulk’s case, the IAWP clearance was an open-and-shut case. LSU can’t sign a player from Carencro (La.) High in the next two years since Faulk was employed there.
Nussmeier’s situation was described by the LSU source as being more complicated since Florida recruits several of the same prospects as LSU. The expectation is that he will be cleared for the job nevertheless.
Nussmeier was fired along with head coach Jim McElwain after three seasons as Florida. His specialty is quarterbacks, a position he has coached every season since his playing career ended in 2001.
Analysts work with the coaching staff, but are not permitted to work directly with players. Ed Orgeron had success with using analysts in his first full season as LSU’s coach. Special teams analyst Greg McMahon and offensive analyst Jerry Sullivan were both promoted to full-time positions on the staff in January.