Kirby Smart isn't the only Alabama assistant viewed as a hot commodity on the ever-turning coaching carousel.
Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to interview for Southern Miss' head coaching job, according to a report today in the Hattiesburg American.
The pool of candidates, all of whom are offensive coordinators, includes North Carolina's Blake Anderson, Texas Tech's Neal Brown and Oklahoma State's Todd Monken, according to the report.
Whoever wins the job will replace Ellis Johnson, who was fired after just one season. The Golden Eagles went 0-12 one year after it won 12 games under Larry Fedora.
New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn just hired Johnson to be the Tigers' defensive coordinator.
Smart interviewed for the Southern Miss job last season.
After three years as the offensive coordinator at Washington, Nussmeier was hired in January to replace Jim McElwain, who left to become the head coach at Colorado State. The Portland, Ore., native has also spent time at Fresno State, Michigan State and with the NFL's St. Louis Rams. His focus typically centers on the teams' quarterbacks.
Under Nussmeier, Alabama ranks 40th in the nation (4th in SEC) in total offense (439.08 yards per game). The Crimson Tide averages 224.62 rushing yards per game and 214.46 through the air.
Nussmeier's salary for 2012 was $590,000.
"I do think that the offensive staff and Doug has done a really nice job," coach Nick Saban said last month. "The players have made progress and I think the players believe in the coaches and what we’re trying to do
This post was edited on 12/6 at 12:15 pm