UPDATED: Reported hire of Tide offensive coordinator continues three-school coaching trade

Update, 12:16 p.m., Wednesday: Alabama still hasn’t announced the hiring of offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, but Washington has already hired his replacement.

Eric Kiesau was named the new offensive coordinator at Washington in a news release (found here) posted Wednesday morning.

Stay tuned for any further updates.

Original post: Nothing official is expected to be announced Monday, but multiple news reports indicate Alabama is set to hire Jim McElwain’s replacement at offensive coordinator.

Doug Nussmeier, offensive coordinator at Washington, will reportedly take the job a week after the Crimson Tide won its second national title in three seasons.

(Click here and here for two of the outlets reporting the news)

Nussmeier led a Husky offense that ranked 38th overall last season — 35th in passing and 64th rushing. He was also the quarterbacks coach for three seasons including the final two with first-round draft pick Jake Locker taking snaps. The offensive coordinator tag was added to his title before the 2010 season.

Should the reported hire become official, it would complete an interesting coaching triangle between Alabama, Washington and Tennessee.

It began when the Huskies hired Vol defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to take the same job in Seattle. That led to Tennessee’s hire of Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri to lead its defense. Three days later, Vol defensive line coach Lance Thompson reportedly took Sunseri’s old job.

Nussmeier’s hire would be more coincidence than a result of the coaching merry-go-round involving the three schools.

Alabama’s been looking for McElwain’s replacement since the offensive coordinator took the Colorado State head job on Dec. 13.

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One response to “UPDATED: Reported hire of Tide offensive coordinator continues three-school coaching trade

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