Found January 17, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
Nick Saban is no stranger to having his staff picked through in the offseason as he's lost guys like Major Applewhite to Texas and Kevin Steele to Clemson in recent seasons. This year is no different as Sal Sunseri heads to Tennessee to take on their defensive coordinator duties and Jim McElwaine heads to Colorado State to become the head coach of the Rams. It seems that Saban has finally made his mind up on the next leader of his offense; Doug Nussmeier the offensive coordinator of the resurgent Washington Huskies. Nussmeier comes from the great pacific northwest and this is his second time replacing Jim McElwaine, he did the same at Fresno State when Saban grabbed McElwaine upon the departure of Applewhite. Nussmeier has worked with some exciting offenses that were predicated on balance and attacking the defenses. Under Pat Hill the Bulldogs were largely run first using quarterback Tom Brandstater to balance the three headed rushing attack of Anthony Harding, Lonyae Miller a...

Nick Saban Gets The Celebratory Pizza Treatment

The statewide celebration of Alabama’s 4,567 national championship is on, and the BCS Coaches’ Trophy is making its way around the state for photo ops that will undoubtedly result in hilarity and other emotions down similar avenues. Thus far, however, the best image to originate from these photo sessions doesn’t feature the magnificent crystal ball [...]

Nussmeier Named To Alabama Staff

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. Nussmeier spent the last three seasons on the staff at the University of Washington, where he held the same title. He takes over for Jim McElwain, who was recently named the head coach at Colorado State.

Is Nick Saban opening up a new front in the oversigning wars?

Nick Saban tells a kid who verballed to ‘Bama last February that his time hasn’t come yet, and that he’ll have to wait until 2013 to sign with the Tide.  That damned new SEC hard-25 rule claims its first victim. But here’s the most interesting part: “Coach Saban said he wished he would’ve been able to tell me this in August instead of now.  He said the only reason he...

In ironic twist, 'Bama "grayshirts" new OC after oversigning coaches

(from MZone wire reports) TUSCALOOSA, AL -- The MZone has learned that newly hired Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeir is being asked to sit out the 2012 season and join the Crimson Tide staff next year because Nick Saban has signed too many football coaches.  Nussmeir, who had been the offensive coordinator at Washington, found out only after he and his family arrived in...

No hard feelings, Derek.

You’re Nick Saban.  You’ve been grooming one of your top recruiters and position coaches to fill the Kirby Smart slot that will open up when some other school takes a shot at hiring Smart as its new head coach, only to see one of your former protegés step in and make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.  All that hard work, gone to waste.  Then, to top it off, he has the nerve...

Football. Alabama Football Announces Hiring of Doug Nussmeier

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban announced Wednesday the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as Alabama's offensive coordinator.

Les Miles Reflects On Losing Kiel And The BCS National Championship Game

LSU head football coach Les Miles was in a reflective mood as he reacted to quarterback recruit Gunner Kiel’s decision to enroll at Notre Dame instead of playing for the Tigers. "Young people make a variety of decisions for a variety of reasons,” Miles said. “A guy in the Midwest wanting to stay close to home was his right decision. I can understand that. We need people...
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