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Alabama and Doug Nussmeier parted ways this week, as the offensive coordinator is set to take the same job at Michigan, so BamaMag.com updates its subscribers on the latest surrounding the coaching search to replace him.

After an 11-2 season, which is a success for most college football programs, there has been a sense that Nick Saban and Alabama would make some changes during the offseason.

Less than a week after the Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma, at least one coaching change is already in motion.

BamaMag.com learned of Doug Nussmeier accepting the offensive coordinator position at Michigan on Wednesday, though it is not expected to be announced until Thursday afternoon.

Here is a look at possible candidates for the Alabama O.C. job, a move that can be announced in the next 48 hours.

The following candidates are listed in order. The closer to the top of the feature, the more likely we're hearing he is the leader in the clubhouse, and so on.

Lane Kiffin
Current Position:
None, most recently the Head Coach at USC (2010-13)
Age:
39
Notable:
Kiffin spent time with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa of late, as a "consultant."

Known as a very good recruiter, Kiffin has also flourished as an assistant coach in the past.

He reached the peak of his public popularity as a coordinator at USC under Pete Carroll, commanding arguably the country's top offense in 2005 and 2006. Before that, he was on the USC staff as a tight ends coach, passing game coordinator in addition to his recruiting coordinator role assumed in 2005.

Kiffin and the Trojans secured the No. 6 recruiting ranking in 2005 on Scout.com, before taking the top spot the following year.

After a coaching stop as the head man for the Okland Raiders from 2007 into the early 2008 season when he was fired, he took the head coaching position at Tennessee, notching a No. 8 class the following season. Kiffin then took the head job at USC in 2010.

Of late, he spent time on Alabama's campus to "exchange ideas" with Saban.

"Lane is a really good offensive coach, and I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for him," Saban said. "Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit just some professional ideas with our guys, I think, is a real positive thing.

"And I don't know why there's any reaction to it. I'm really quite surprised."

[UPDATE] Multiple reports say Kiffin interviewed for the job on Thursday 1/9.

Bio:

Mike Groh
Current Position:
Wide Receivers coach for the Chicago Bears
Age:
42
Notable:
A former University of Virginia quarterback who coached at Alabama for two seasons as a wide receiver coach and one as a graduate assistant, Groh has been apart of three national championships at Alabama over his three seasons with the program in two stints.

Groh was the offensive coordinator at Virginia for two seasons (2006-08) and coached in the NFL previously with the New York Jets under his father, Al Groh. Mike has been a quarterbacks coach as well, with UVA (03-05) and with Louisville in 2010. This past season, with the Bears, Groh had a pair of 1,200-plus yard receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who also combined for 19 scores as the NFL's top duo.

Alabama is familiar with Groh, and vice versa, and there aren't many offensive assistants more familiar with the process, both on the recruiting front and on the team front.

On the trail, Groh was arguably the top recruiter in America for the class of 2013, helping to secure five-star A'Shawn Robinson, four-stars Dee Liner and Altee Tenpenny, as well as Brandon Hill. Groh was also involved with five-star Robert Foster, who spurned hometown Pitt for the Tide late in the cycle.

Bio:

Billy Napier
Current Position:
Wide Receivers coach at Alabama
Age:
34
Notable:
Napier is known as an ace recruiter, and has helped Alabama lock down top-tier talent from Louisiana during his first season on Saban's coaching staff.

After serving with former Tide offensive coordinator Jim McElwain in 2012 as his O.C. and recruiting coordinator, Napier returned to Alabama to replace Mike Groh, who left for a job with the Chicago Bears.

Napier was with Alabama in 2011, a national championship season, as an offensive analyst, after two separate stints at Clemson as an offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, among others roles.

Most notably on the recruiting front, Napier has helped to bring in No. 1 offensive tackle prospect Cameron Robinson and four-stars Cameron Sims and Laurence Jones from the state of Louisiana.

Bio:

Rick Neuheisel
Current Position:
None, most recently Head Coach at UCLA (2008-11)
Age:
53
Notable:
With several head coaching jobs under his belt and a stint as an NFL assistant as well, Neuheisel brings plenty of experience to the table. He was 87-59 as a head coach at Colorado (1995-98), Washington (99-02) and UCLA (08-11) over 12 total seasons.

Neuheisel has some ties to the Birmingham area among his close friends, and has been out of the game for two full seasons now. Typically, coaches are known to see where they may stand after some time off, and a role as an assistant may be a logical next step for the veteran.

As an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Baltimore Ravens, Neuheisel led the franchise to a division title in 2006.

Bio:

Mario Cristobal
Current Position:
Alabama offensive line aoch, former head coach at Florida International
Age:
43
Notable:
Cristobal, who was born in Miami, Florida, went to high school in Miami, and attended college in Miami (University of Miami), has been a star on the recruiting front during his sole season in Tuscaloosa.

The energetic coach has helped to piece together one of the best offensive line hauls in Alabama's storied history, led by five-stars Cameron Robinson and Dominick Jackson, as well as the nation's No. 1 center in J.C. Hassenauer. Cristobal has also played a big role in the Tide's presence in his native Miami in the class of 2015.

Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, he worked to turn around the Golden Panthers, leading them to their first winning season in their history in 2010.

Within the same season, Cristobal guided FIU to their first-ever bowl appearance as well as their inaugural bowl victory, 34-32 over the University of Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

He came back in 2011 to lead the Golden Panthers to another winning season at 8-5, following their 7-6 performance in 2010. Cristobal has also served as an assistant on Miami's staff.

Bio:

Chad Morris
Current Position:
Offensive coordinator at Clemson University
Age:
45
Notable:
Chad Morris is an offensive mind with ties to a hot recruiting area in Texas, one Alabama has dipped into more and more of late with prospects like Robinson and Scout's No. 1 cornerback Tony Brown already on campus among others. He spent 16 years as a high school coach in the Lone Star State before moving on to Tulsa as offensive coordinator in 2010. In 2011, he became the offensive coordinator at Clemson.

The Tigers have made a BCS bowl game in his first three seasons utilizing an explosive offense. He is known for his spread attack that places a lot of responsibility on the quarterback, something Alabama has never utilized. Morris has shown interest in head coaching jobs in the past, and remains a hot candidate on several lists, though taking an O.C. gig at a perennial power won't be viewed as a lateral move.

Bio:

Rob Chudzinski
Current Position:
None, most recently the head coach of the Cleveland Browns (2013)
Age:
45
Notable:
Chudzinski has been an offensive assistant or offensive coordinator since 1996, with stops at the University of Miami, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns along the way.

He's been able to utilize both traditional pro-style schemes, like with the Hurricanes during their most recent dominance in the early 2000s and in the NFL, while also showing the ability to adapt, like he did as the Panthers' O.C. in 2011, Cam Newton's rookie season, in which he led the rookie to several records and the league's No. 7 offense in more of a spread look.

Saban has been said to be looking at tweaking the offensive scheme going forward, so someone with a pro-style background that shows the ability to adapt to new trends may be the direction the program decides to go in.

Bio:

Pat Hill
Current Position:
None, most recently offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons (2012-13)
Age:
62
Notable:
Hill was most recently with the Falcons, but he's more known for his time as the head coach at Fresno State (1997-2011), where he helped take the program to new heights offensively and with NFL talent like David Carr, Logan Mankins, Andrew Jackson and Ryan Matthews.

A bit of a wildcard pick because of his noted spread and pass-first style, Hill coached with Saban with the Cleveland Browns in the early 1990's and is, of course, available after parting ways with the Falcons of late.

The eldest candidate on our list was also in the running to become the offensive line coach a year ago, before he took to the job with the Falcons.

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BamaMag.com's John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report


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