Now that Washington has hired Peterson, what's the next coaching rumor? Will it be Saban, Malzahn, Franklin, or Pinkel going to Wyoming?
For the moment, Doug Nussmeier remains Alabama’s offensive coordinator. But multiple reports are suggesting that Nussmeier is a front-runner for the Washington coaching job, along with Boise State darling Chris Petersen. If those are the Huskies’ top two candidates, Bama fans can probably say goodbye to Nussmeier. Petersen flirts but never accepts any school’s offer. And Nussmeier has reportedly expressed interest in the job.
Nussmeier served as Steve Sarkisian’s offensive coordinator from 2009 through 2011 when Nick Saban came calling. He replaced Jim McElwain who left Bama to become the head coach at Colorado State. Nussmeier currently makes $680,000 in Tuscaloosa.
But Alabama’s OC is not the only SEC coach who’s had his name attached to the Washington gig. Missouri’s Gary Pinkel was mentioned as a potential candidate on Monday. When asked if he would be interested in the job once held by Don James — Pinkel’s coaching mentor — the feisty coach simply shut things down with a “press conference is over” and left the podium.
Today, however, he told ESPN radio that he would remain at Mizzou. (Funny to think that Pinkel entered the season on the hot seat with many Tiger fans “tired” of him.)
James Franklin’s name briefly bubbled to the surface but that story has failed to gain traction to date. Southern Cal didn’t make a run at Franklin though most expected them to. If Washington doesn’t come knocking on his door, either, it might show that the Vanderbilt rape case is making potential suitors leery of the man who turned Vandy football around. Attorneys defending one of the accused ex-Commodore players recently requested copies of all the text messages sent between the players and coaches during the period of the cover-up.