Doug Nussmeier has turned down an opportunity to leave after one years as offensive coordinator of the Florida Gators to become head coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, FOX Sports‘ Bruce Feldman, reported Saturday by citing a source.
Nussmeier was reportedly the front-runner for the Southern Miss job but has instead decided to stay at Florida rather than leave the program in the days surrounding National Signing Day.
As such, the Gators have avoided needing to hire a different offensive coordinator for the fifth time in six seasons. Florida is also able to trumpet the staff continuity desired by head coach Jim McElwain, who will now only have to replace one assistant in fired defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan.
Nussmeier, who signed a three-year, $1.545 million deal with the Gators and earned $490,000 in 2015 as the team’s second-highest paid assistant, was the second hire made by McElwain after he took the Florida job. The two worked on the same staff at Michigan State under John L. Smith (2003-05) before Nussmeier succeeded McElwain twice as offensive coordinator first at Fresno State (2008) and then again at Alabama (2012-13).
Shortly after reports of Nussmeier declining the job became public, Southern Miss hired its former defensive coordinator and Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson.