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January 9, 2014

Michigan adding Doug Nussmeier to staff

— ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has made a bold move to give its football program a boost.

The Wolverines are hiring Doug Nussmeier to be Brady Hoke's offensive coordinator, a person familiar with the process said. The person spoke Thursday morning to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced.

Alabama hired Nussmeier nearly two years ago to be Nick Saban's offensive coordinator after he directed the Washington Huskies' offense the previous three seasons. Nussmeier also spent one season as offensive coordinator at Fresno State and had stints as quarterbacks coach with Michigan State and the St. Louis Rams.

"Not only does he have a good deal of experience as a coach and a player both at the college and NFL level, but he also brings a great passion for the game and a lot of energy and enthusiasm," Saban said when he hired Nussmeier in 2012.

Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges on Wednesday after the Wolverines ranked 86th in the nation in total offense and flopped to a 7-6 finish. Borges was one of several assistants who came with Hoke in 2011 from his staff at San Diego State.

Nussmeier made $680,000 last season in the second of his three-year deal at Alabama after getting a $90,000 raise last April.

He'll likely make even more at Michigan.

Nussmeier will probably provide a return on the investment if he can turn around an offense led by returning quarterback Devin Gardner.

The Wolverines scored 41 points in both a win over Notre Dame and a near-upset against Ohio State, but their offensive line was overmatched in losses to Michigan State and Nebraska. They had minus-48 yards rushing — a school record — against the Spartans and minus-21 yards rushing against the Cornhuskers.

Michigan ranked last in major college football by giving up 114 tackles for losses.

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