Hal Mumme is already the father of the modern offense in college football. Now he’s about to be the literal father of one literal college football offense.
According to a report from FootballScoop on Sunday, Nevada will tap Matt Mumme to serve as the offensive coordinator under new head coach Jay Norvell. (Disclaimer: I also write for FootballScoop.)
Mumme will arrive in Reno from LaGrange College, a Division III school in LaGrange, Ga., where he was the head coach for the past three seasons. A 3-7 campaign this fall dropped Mumme’s record to 12-20, thus providing motive for Mumme’s need to fall upward.
The younger Mumme jumped into college football as a quarterback under his father at Kentucky, where he provided depth behind future No. 1 pick Tim Couch. Mumme began coaching for Southeastern Louisiana and since moved on to New Mexico State and Division III McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
Mumme’s reported appointment is an intriguing one schematically, where a coach literally born into the Air Raid offense arrives at the epicenter of the Pistol offense. Imagine Texas Tech installing the triple option, and that’s analogous to what Mumme’s hiring represents. Brian Polian wavered back and forth with the Pistol, and was fired after compiling a 23-27 mark in four seasons. So it’ll be interesting to see if Mumme commits to the full Air Raid and, assuming so, if Nevada adopts it well or rejects it like a bad kidney exchange.
As it stands, Mumme will inherit an offense that finished the 2016 season ranked 92nd in scoring, 79th in yards per play, 68th in rushing and 70th in pass efficiency.