Last night I floated former Alabama/Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's name as a safe bet to at least get a call for the now vacant job at Georgia. Now that won't be happening, as new Florida coach Jim McElwain appears to have hired Nussmeier to come to Florida with him. It's a great hire in my opinion, as Nussmeier's offense is designed to use personnel that the Gators have on hand from their big dumb Muschamp football days. It's an offense that's far better designed for that talent than Kurt Roper's was, if you ask me.
At this point it's difficult to say who Coach Richt might focus on, and there's a good chance he won't be focusing on anyone until after our bowl game. Right now essentially everyone is throwing out the same candidates from the same top schools, and there's no indication (that I am aware of, correct me in the comments if you've seen reliable information to the contrary) that Georgia has contacted anyone. So in addition to the names we talked about last night, expect to see names like Alabama wide receivers coach Billy Napier, Miami offensive coordinator James Coley, and Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney. Given recent hires, it's just a safe bet to name everyone on the Nick Saban coaching tree with playcalling experience.
These are names that emerge every time there's an opening in the SEC, and while some or all of them may well be in the mix by the time all is said and done, they're really just the beginning. We haven't even discussed the broad universe of NFL candidates like (perhaps soon to be former) Falcons coordinator Dirk Koetter or Broncos QB coach Greg Knapp. I'll say it again: this is going to take a while. Until later....