ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke introduced Doug Nussmeier as its new offensive coordinator in front of current staff members and players today at the Junge Center.
Nussmeier, who previously was the offensive coordinator at Alabama, was hired one day after Hoke relieved former offensive coordinator Al Borges of his duties on Tuesday. With rumors swirling that Hoke fired Borges to save his own job, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon attempted to put an end to such speculation.
“This has nothing to do with Brady keeping his job,” Brandon insisted. “This is Brady’s job. Brady is the coach of University of Michigan football team."
“None of us are happy. And that parade is led by Brady Hoke with this last season. Being close isn’t good enough. You got to win those games. And you got be in position to win those games. Brady is making the changes that he thinks will allow us to not lose by two points, but figure out a way to win better than two points. That’s what we got to do – cause we’re Michigan.”
After Michigan’s offense struggled down the stretch and contributed mightily to losses in five of their final six games, Brandon said a change was necessary on offense.
“Sometimes you look at results, you look at performance, and you look at accountability, and you've got to make changes,” Brandon said. “I respect the fact that Brady stepped up to that. This is an important change.
“We needed change, we needed energy, we needed a new direction. We needed an offense that was building and gaining confidence, confidence in improving. I really believe with Doug being here we have a high probability of moving this offense to a different level. And we need that.”
Getting Nussmeier to Michigan
Brandon did admit he had his doubts if they could sway Nussmeier to Ann Arbor.
“When Brady first called me and identified Doug, my first reaction was ‘Wow, that would be great, but really?’” Brandon said. “And the more I got in the discussions with Brady, the more real this became.”
And when it became apparent that Nussmeier would come to Michigan, Brandon just wanted to make certain the talented coordinator was sure.
“Doug was really, really excited about this opportunity,” Brandon said. “And that’s important to me. I want people here that want to be here. And I think you saw that today – this is a guy who wants to be here.”
As far as other candidates for the job, Brandon made clear Nussmeier's prominence on the list.
“I can tell you this -- this was the No. 1, 2 and 3 candidate,” Brandon said.