(EAST LANSING, MI) -- Former CFL offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been named the new quarterbacks coach for Michigan State SpartansInsider has learned. Nussmeier will join the staff immediately and is expected to be on campus in time for the visit of highly rated quarterback Doug Shinskie of Pennsylvania and Eddie Miller of Los Angeles over the next two weeks.
Nussmeier played four season in the NFL for New Orelans, Denver, Indianapolis and Chicago. He was serving as offensive coordinator for the Ottawa Renegades. "(Nussmeier) is an outstanding coach and equally good person," Renegades GM Eric Tillman said in a release. "One of the challenges in hiring bright, young coaches is other people quickly recognize their potential as well.
Former Detroit Lions linebackers coach Glenn Pires is being rumored for the vacant recruiting coordinator post he once held for the Spartans before moving to the NFL. Pires was fired by Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg yesterday as the Lions tweak their coaching staff.
MSU confirmed yesterday that it has received a verbal commitment from Bridgton, Maine offensive lineman Peter Clifford. Clifford visited this weekend and committed to the Spartans. At 6' 7", 316lbs, Clifford is thought to be a 'diamond-in-the-rough.' He graduated from Salem HS last year, but attended the same Maine prep school that the Spartans have used as a proving ground in the past. "I came in and I liked it a lot," said Clifford. "I think Coach Smith is a good guy and is going to do good things at Michigan State."
The Spartans hope the commitment of Clifford is just a warm up for this weekend's big event. The Spartans have official visits scheduled with several players including Friday's visit with big fish Lamarr Woodley. Sunday, Venice HS, quarterback Eddie Miller is expected in. Nick Saad of Chippewa Valley, MI is also expected in.