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January 9, 2014

U-M officially announces Nussmeier as O.C.

Michigan officially announced the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator Thursday afternoon, confirming reports that began circulating the web late Wednesday night.

Nussmeier, who spent the last two years at Alabama, will replace former offensive coordinator Al Borges, who was fired after three seasons of diminishing returns.

The Wolverines ranked 87th nationally in total offense (373.5 yards per game) in 2013. Meanwhile, the Nussmeier-led Crimson Tide offense ranked 33rd nationally in total offense (454.1 yards per game) and fifth nationally in yards per play (7.2).

In two seasons under Nussmeier's direction, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron became one of the most efficient players in the country, completing 67 percent of his passes while racking up 5,996 yards, 58 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.

"I am extremely excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Brady Hoke, the staff and players," Nussmeier said in a statement released by the athletic department. "I'm proud of what we accomplished in two seasons at Alabama, and I owe a great deal to Coach [Nick] 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."

Michigan announced that it would not retain offensive coordinator Al Borges Wednesday afternoon.

By late Wednesday night, CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman was reporting the news that Nussmeier was headed to Michigan.

"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," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said in a statement. "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."

Saban hired Nussmeier away from Washington, where Nussmeier set records with the tandem of quarterback Jake Locker and running back Chris Polk.

At Alabama, he transformed a conservative, ball-control offense into a downhill, attacking unit that used multiple formations, a plethora of bruising running backs and efficient quarterback play to suffocate opposing defenses.

When the Washington head coaching job opened up this season - with Huskies' coach Steve Sarkisian headed to USC - Nussmeier interviewed for the job. He was a finalist, but the Washington athletic department eventually went with Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

At Michigan, he will reportedly be one of the top-five highest-paid coordinators in the country, according to Feldman.

The Michigan athletic department will hold a press conference to introduce Nussmeier Fri., Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. The press conference will be streamed live on MGoBlue.com.


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