Nick Saban: Doug Nussmeier did 'outstanding job' at Alabama

Anniston StarJanuary 9, 2014 

Tennessee Alabama Football

Alabama head coach Nick Saban applauds following a score against Tennessee during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has officially accepted the same position at the University of Michigan.

While Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is in the middle of his search for a replacement, Saban said Nussmeier "did an outstanding job" during his time at Alabama.

"He is a bright coach who works hard and brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to work each and every day," Saban said in the Michigan release. "Our production and balance the last two years has been very good and he also brought a lot to the table in terms of coaching the quarterbacks.

"AJ had one of the best seasons and careers of any quarterback here, and that says a lot when you look at the history and tradition of that position at Alabama. We wish Doug and his family the best and appreciate all they did to help us be successful with the program at Alabama."

After three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Washington, Nussmeier joined the Tide in 2012 and spent two seasons in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama set records for rushing and passing touchdowns, total points scored and total offense during the 2012 national championship season.

"I am extremely excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Brady Hoke, the staff and players," Nussmeier said in the UM release. "I'm proud of what we accomplished in two seasons at Alabama, and I owe a great deal to Coach Saban for that opportunity. Michigan is a program I've always had deep respect for, and I'm looking forward to getting started in Ann Arbor and being a part of the great tradition there."

According to, Nussmeier is expected to be among the five highest-paid coordinators in college football. Nussmeier made $680,000 at Alabama in 2013.

Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced the news on the team's official website.

"Doug is a highly respected offensive coordinator and has earned a reputation as being a great mentor to quarterbacks, specifically, where he's coached Pro Bowlers, top NFL draft choices and Heisman Trophy finalists," Hoke said in UM's release. "Doug has been successful at every coaching stop with his balanced and explosive offenses, and he brings national championship experience. He is an excellent addition to our coaching staff and football program, and we are excited to have Doug, Christi and their children join the Michigan family."

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