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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

January 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Speculation increasing that Nussmeier could be headed to Alabama

While most of the coaching speculation about UW lately has been who will fill the last spot on defense, the Huskies could also soon find themselves in need of an offensive coordinator.

Due in part to events surrounding some of the other candidates, speculation is increasing this morning that Doug Nussmeier may soon be named the new offensive coordinator at Alabama.

Nussmeier was reported last week to be one of three candidates for the job along with former Arizona State and Boise State head coach Dirk Koetter and longtime NFL assistant Brian Schottenheimer.

Koetter, however, was officially hired this morning by the Falcons while Schottenheimer is in talks with the Rams, among a couple other options.

Unless there’s another candidate, that has some surmising that Nussmeier will be the man for Alabama, including this report this morning from CoachingSearch.com. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said in an interview on KJR-AM on Friday that Nussmeier had interviewed and that there was mutual interest and that there was a chance Nussmeier would be on the move.

Nussmeier has been UW’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach since Sarkisian’s arrival prior to the 2009 season. However, Sarkisian calls the offensive plays and also has a big hand in helping guide the quarterbacks. Sarkisian acknowledged that one reason Nussmeier would be interested in going elsewhere would be to have more responsibility.

Nussmeier’s hire at Alabama would also make for a rather seamless transition at Alabama as Nussiemer would be replacing the same man he replaced at Fresno State in 2008 — Jim McElwain, now the head coach at Colorado State.

As for Tosh Lupoi, nothing new on that front, though ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins Tweeted last night that he heard that Cal plans “to take care of” Lupoi to keep him there.

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