A couple of quick notes and links today. …
— Doug Nussmeier’s hire has yet to be officially announced at Alabama as the new offensive coordinator at Alabama but that should happen soon. The Tuscaloosa News reports he should earn around $600,000 a year with the Tide. He had been making $365,000 at Washington.
— One name being thrown around as a possible replacement for Nussmeier is that of Cal passing game coordinator and receivers coach Eric Kiesau. Jimmie Dougherty is UW’s current WR coach but also has experience as a QB coach and could move to that spot and could be the new oC, or the two could split duties. And recall that OL coach Dan Cozzetto already has the title of run game coordinator. Kiesau made $164,000 at Cal last year. Here’s more on Kiesau, who also has worked at Colorado and Utah State (and as you can see, worked at Cal when Justin Wilcox was also an assistant there) and a story from last August. Kiesau was cited as a key factor in Cal’s recruitment of standout WR Jordan Payton for the Class off 2012.
— Athlon’s says UW now has a dream team of coaches.
— And ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel says it’s the “best class” of assistant coaches in the Pac-12.
— Here’s an interesting look at recruiting rankings that would seem to give some validity to UW’s strategy of paying whatever it takes to get the best recruiters of defensive talent it can. The basic conclusion is that offensive players can be “coached up” but you generally need lots of five-star types to be good on defense.