According to a report from Adam Jude of The Seattle Times, Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and Boise State coach Chris Petersen are the frontrunners to replace departed coach Steve Sarkisian at Washington.
Petersen’s name crops up anytime a big program is looking for a new head coach, but he always declines, rather preferring a return to the smurf turf.
Nussmeier might just make more sense in this case. He spent three seasons with Sarkisian at Washington before being hired by Nick Saban at Alabama. He is familiar with the Huskies’ program, and, according to Jude, has expressed interest in the open position.
In two seasons at Alabama, Nussmeier has coached the Tide to top 15 finishes nationally in scoring offense. During last season’s national championship run, Alabama scored 38.7 points per game. In 2013, that number is slightly up at 38.8 points per game.
While Petersen is undoubtedly the big fish in the sea that nearly every program wants to hire, Nussmeier could prove to be just as good of an option for the Huskies.