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TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 18:  David Cornwell #12 of the Crimson team drops back to pass against the White team during the University of Alabama A Day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Ex-Alabama QB David Cornwell announces transfer to Nevada

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Few programs deal with a January full of roster turnover quite like Alabama and that was certainly the case with a few expected decision coming from players looking to continue their careers outside of Tuscaloosa.

In addition to a trio of juniors announcing they would be leaving for the NFL Draft, backup quarterback David Cornwell followed up on his decision to transfer from the program by tweeting that he would be continuing his career at Nevada.

Cornwell was a four-star prospect coming out of high school and a former Elite 11 signal-caller prior to enrolling early at Alabama. He redshirted his first season and then was somewhat buried on the depth chart in subsequent seasons, appearing only twice in game action during the 2016 campaign.

With rising sophomore Jalen Hurts firmly entrenched as the starter for the Crimson Tide, the quarterback meeting room was naturally going to thin out and Cornwell is the third QB to leave the program in the past few months as a result. He is set to join the Wolfpack’s new head coach Jay Norvell out in Reno, where he’ll have two seasons left of eligibility as a graduate transfer starting this year.

Report: Hal Mumme’s son hired as Nevada offensive coordinator

TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 29:  Quarterback Tyler Stewart #15 of the Nevada Wolf Pack throws a pass during the second quarter of the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl against the Colorado State Rams at Arizona Stadium on December 29, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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.

Report: Former Nevada head coach Brian Polian headed back to Notre Dame

PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 31:  Head coach Brian Polian of the Nevada Wolf Pack watches practice before the game against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on August 31, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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A familiar face is headed back to South Bend.

A source told Fox Sports and Football Scoop that former Nevada head coach Brian Polian is expected to return to Notre Dame as the Irish’s special teams coordinator. That role is the exact one that the veteran coach occupied from 2005-2009 under Charlie Weis.

Polian, the son of longtime NFL executive Bill Polian, went 23-27 over four seasons with the Wolf Pack but agreed to part ways with the school after going 5-7 in 2016.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly let Scott Booker go earlier in the week as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach after both areas were noticeably problematic for the Irish during the year. Polian is highly regarded for his coaching ability in the crucial third phase of the game as well as his reputation as a top notch recruiter.

Nevada makes hiring of Jay Norvell official

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Less than two days after it was initially reported, Nevada has officially landed its man.

The football program confirmed in a press release Friday Jay Norvell has been selected as the Wolf Pack’s new head coach.  Norvell was one of three finalists for the job, the others being Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig.

Norvell replaces Brian Polian, who “mutually parted ways” with the football program last month after four seasons. This is Norvell’s first head-coaching job at any level.

“I am thrilled to hire Jay Norvell to serve as our head football coach,” athletic director Doug Knuth said in a statement. “Coach Norvell is known throughout college and NFL football as a man of great character and integrity. He is highly respected for his knowledge of the game and ability to teach his players. He has incredible relationships and an army of friends in high school, college and professional football.

“Lastly, and importantly, Coach Norvell is known for his passion and love for his players. He will set a very high standard for excellence and work tirelessly to achieve our goals academically and athletically. I am excited to watch Coach Norvell build Wolf Pack football into a championship program.”

Norvell just completed his first regular season as an assistant on Todd Graham‘s Arizona State coaching staff.  With the Sun Devils, Norvell served as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Norvell has spent most of his nearly three decades in coaching at Power Five programs, with stops that included Texas (2015), Oklahoma (2008-14), UCLA (2007), Nebraska (2004-06), Iowa State (1995-97), Wisconsin (1989-94) and Iowa (1986-87).  He also spent six seasons as an assistant in the NFL — 1998-2001 as the wide receivers coach of the Indianapolis Colts, 2002-03 as tight ends coach of the Oakland Raiders.

“I want to thank University president Marc Johnson and Doug Knuth for this tremendous opportunity,” Norvell said. “Our family is humbled and honored to lead the Nevada football program. It is our charge to make this the flagship program of the Mountain West Conference.”

Jay Norvell reportedly set to be named head coach at Nevada

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Yet another FBS opening is reportedly on the verge of being closed.

According to a report from FootballScoop.com, Jay Norvell “will be the next head coach at Nevada.” The Reno Gazette-Journal writes that “Norvell, the third and final candidate to interview for the Wolf Pack football head-coaching vacancy, was so impressive he didn’t even leave Reno before being offered the job, which he quickly accepted.” Norvell was offered the job late Wednesday night.

The other two interviewed were Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. The former interviewed Monday, the latter Tuesday.

If/when hired, Norvell would replace Brian Polian, who “mutually parted ways” with the football program last month after four seasons. This would be Norvell’s first head-coaching job at any level.

Norvell just completed his first regular season as an assistant on Todd Graham‘s Arizona State coaching staff.  With the Sun Devils, Norvell served as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Norvell has spent most of his nearly three decades in coaching at Power Five programs, with stops that included Texas (2015), Oklahoma (2008-14), UCLA (2007), Nebraska (2004-06), Iowa State (1995-97), Wisconsin (1989-94) and Iowa (1986-87).  He also spent six seasons as an assistant in the NFL — 1998-2001 as the wide receivers coach of the Indianapolis Colts, 2002-03 as tight ends coach of the Oakland Raiders.