BRIEF: Davidson to name former player as football coach
Dec 20, 2012 (The Charlotte Observer - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Paul Nichols, a record-setting quarterback at Davidson during his playing days, is returning to coach the Wildcats' football team, sources confirmed to The Observer.
Nichols, 31, comes to Davidson from Illinois, where he was director of player personnel last season. He will be officially announced at a news conference at Davidson on Friday morning.
Nichols replaces Tripp Merritt, who was fired in November, nine games into Davidson's season, which ended with a 2-9 record. Merritt was 31-51 in seven-plus seasons with the Wildcats..
Nichols had one of the most prolific careers in Davidson history from 1999-2002, setting school records in passing yards (5,822), completions (465) and touchdown passes (51). He made the Pioneer League's All-Academic team as a senior.
Nichols' first coaching job was at Ohio State, where he was a graduate assistant from 2004-05. He then went to Marshall, where he was secondary coach in 2006 and cornerbacks coach in 2007-08. He spent the 2009-11 seasons at Toledo, where he was co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
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