According to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman on Saturday, University of Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will be staying with the Gators next season.
Per Feldman, he was the leading candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Southern Mississippi.
Nussmeier doesn't have a history of staying in one place for long. Since his coaching career started in 2001, he's had nine stops around football, including stints in the Canadian Football League and the NFL as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
The 45-year-old has been an offensive coordinator since 2008, with stints at Fresno State, Washington, Alabama and Michigan before joining Florida in 2014.
On a team that's built a reputation for its defense the past couple of years, Nussmeier's offense hasn't exactly seen overwhelming success at Florida.
His unit ranked 111th in the nation in total offense last season. Much of that had to do with the suspension of quarterback Will Grier for performance-enhancing drugs. But the year before, the Gators were ranked 96th, so the drop wasn't exactly dramatic.
Even so, Southern Mississippi was still high on Nussmeier after the departure of head coach Todd Monken, who took a job as offensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Football Scoop, Nussmeier met with Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, and the meeting went "very well." Sources told the website that he was a strong candidate for the job.
His return to Florida could provide a weight off of head coach Jim McElwain's shoulders, however. The Gators already have to find a replacement for defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan, who McElwain announced would not be returning to the program on Jan. 15.
Adding another coaching search to an already hectic time of year could have affected Florida's productivity. With national signing day just around the corner on Feb. 3, some offensive recruits might have thought twice about their decision to commit to Florida had Nussmeier left.
Now, though, the Gators can rest easy knowing that their strategy on the offensive side of the ball can continue as planned.
Stats courtesy of NCAA.com.
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