When Southern Miss approached Doug Nussmeier about its open head coaching job in January, he listened.
“Obviously, you get an opportunity to be a head coach, you got to listen,” Nussmeier said to the Palm Beach Post before speaking to the Palm Beach County Gator Club on Tuesday night.
But after becoming a top candidate to replace Todd Monken as the Southern Miss head coach, Nussmeier decided to stay at Florida. Nussmeier is preparing to begin his second season as the Gators’ offensive coordinator.
“I want to go to a place where it’s the right place for me and my family,” Nussmeier said to the Palm Beach Post. “When the time is right, the time will be right. I felt like we got unfinished business here and I feel like we can do some really special things here at Florida.”
Nussmeier’s return brings some continuity to the Gators offense, which has had six different offensive coordinators since 2008. Florida finished ranked 111th nationally in total offense this past season under Nussmeier, averaging eight points over the final three games.
Nussmeier is entering the second year of the three-year contract he signed with the Gators. He is set to make $515,000 this year and $540,000 in the final year of his contract.