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Why Doug Nussmeier chose Florida Gators over Southern Miss



After the Bucs hired Todd Monken away from Southern Miss to be their offensive coordinator in January, the ripple could have spread elsewhere in the state; Florida Gators offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was a candidate to become Southern Miss' next head coach.

He didn't, of course. He stayed at UF, where he will try to revive an offense that struggled mightily after quarterback Will Grier was suspended for failing an NCAA drug test.

Nussmeier said he chose to remain with the Gators because UF is a "special place" for him and his family.

"There is not a day that goes by that we don't feel fortunate to be a part of such a great program with great tradition," Nussmeier said in his first public comments about his decision. "And it's an honor to walk out here every day and be the offensive coordinator, obviously. You know, Southern Miss was an opportunity that presented itself. Just felt so good about what we were starting to develop here. We're still a ways away, but felt really good about our situation here and the things we were going to be able to accomplish over time."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:12am]


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