Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to interview for the Southern Mississippi head coaching job, according to a report by the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American.
The newspaper reported he is expected to part of a group of candidates that includes North Carolina offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, Texas Tech offensive coordinator Neal Brown and Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Nussmeier joined Alabama's staff before this season. With him calling the plays, the Crimson Tide ranks 15th nationally in scoring offense, first in passing efficiency, 20th in rushing and 40th in total yards.
Southern Mississippi is looking for a replacement for Ellis Johnson, who resigned after one season in which the Golden Eagles went 0-12. Johnson was an assistant coach at Alabama during the 1992 national championship season and was defensive coordinator for the Tide's 1999 SEC champion. He is joining Auburn's staff as defensive coordinator.
When asked three weeks ago about Nussmeier, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he is doing fine.
"We were pleased with the progress that we’ve made offensively and the consistency that we’ve played with," Saban said. "Are there things we can do better? No doubt. Are there are some situations in games that maybe we could have managed differently and done better? I don’t think (there’s) any doubt.
"But I do think that the offensive staff and Doug has done a really nice job, the players have made progress and I think the players believe in the coaches and what we’re trying to do."