Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is leaving Nick Saban's staff to take the same position at Michigan, according to CBS Sports senior football columnist Bruce Feldman.
According to the report, Feldman says the hire came after a "strong recruiting effort" by Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon, one that included a "robust financial commitment" that will make Nussmeier one of the highest paid coordinators in college football. He will replace Al Borges, the former Auburn assisant who Hoke fired Wednesday after four seasons in Ann Arbor.
The move was driven by a strong recruiting effort by coach Brady Hoke and Wolverines AD Dave Brandon that included a robust financial commitment to Nussmeier, who now will be among the five highest-paid coordinators in college football,
Nussmeier, 43, leaves after two seasons in Tuscaloosa, where he helped guide the Crimson Tide to its last BCS National Championship in 2012, setting several school records for offense along the way. He also helped quarterback AJ McCarron become one of the nation's premiere players at his position during his junior campaign.
The 2013 Alabama offense ranked No. 31 in the country in total offense, No. 44 in passing offense and 28th in rushing.
Saban hired Nussmeier away from Washington in January 2012 to replace Jim McElwain, who left Alabama to become the head coach at Colorado State.
Since publishing his report, Feldman has tweeted that former Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin could be a possible candidate for the now-vacant position on Saban's staff. Kiffen was in Tuscaloosa in December after being invited to campus by the Alabama head coach to "to share ideas and exchange ideas ... [for] professional development."
Nussmeier's bio from Alabama Athletics:
"In Nussmeier's first year at the helm of the Alabama offense, the 2012 Crimson Tide produced one of the most proficient offensive seasons in school history. UA set records for rushing/passing touchdowns scored (68), total points (542), total offense (6,237) and passing touchdowns (31). His tutelage of quarterback AJ McCarron resulted in one of the best seasons by a quarterback in school history. McCarron set a record for single-season touchdowns (30) while throwing for 2,933 yards (second in school history), completing 67.2 percent of his passes and throwing just three interceptions. He also led the nation in passing efficiency (175.28). Nussmeier built a balanced and explosive offense. The Tide rushed for 3,185 yards while throwing for 3,052, becoming the first Alabama team to rush and pass for 3,000 yards in a single season while accounting for 134 plays of 15-yards or more (76 passing and 58 rushing)."