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Report: Lane Kiffin to become Alabama’s offensive coordinator

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Lane Kiffin has landed another plum job.

Kiffin, the former USC and Oakland Raiders’ head coach, will be Alabama’s new offensive coordinator, Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com reported Friday.

Kiffin, 38, was fired as USC’s head coach in September. Though Southern Cal was 28-15 in his tenure, his last two teams fell short of expectations.

The Raiders were 5-15 in Kiffin’s tenure as head coach, which encompassed all of 2007 and four games in 2008. He coached the University of Tennessee for the 2009 season before moving on to USC to replace Pete Carroll, who had become the Seahawks’ head coach.

In some ways, Kiffin’s new job at Alabama is akin to his role as a top offensive assistant at USC. Alabama, like those USC teams, has an exceptional amount of talent. Moreover, Alabama’s Nick Saban, like Carroll at USC, is widely regarded as one of the sport’s top coaches.

After his latest head-coaching stint ended poorly, it would be difficult to conceive a better opportunity for Kiffin to regroup — and to perhaps jump-start his career.

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46 Responses to “Report: Lane Kiffin to become Alabama’s offensive coordinator”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 10, 2014 6:15 PM

    I am absolutely perplexed how this guy continues to seduce everything in his path … all while his ever-growing track record shows a smoking trail of wreckage, disaster and regret.

  2. minibull says: Jan 10, 2014 6:15 PM

    I love it! The Tennessee campus will be rocking the weekend Bama comes to town!

  3. ravensdominate says: Jan 10, 2014 6:16 PM

    How does this guy still have any sort of appeal?? No one has failed up like this guy.

  4. JSpicoli says: Jan 10, 2014 6:20 PM

    I think the reason he is hired is that he is in no way any kind of threat to take the HC position.

  5. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 10, 2014 6:21 PM

    Lane Kiffin keeps pissing on all of you haters

  6. barryehrlich says: Jan 10, 2014 6:24 PM

    My question is why did Nussmeier leave in order to allow Kiffin’s hiring?

  7. flaccodelic says: Jan 10, 2014 6:45 PM

    El Pollo Loco says:
    Jan 10, 2014 6:21 PM
    Lane Kiffin keeps pissing on all of you haters

    —-

    Hey look! Lane “crazy chicken” Kiffin has a PFT account!

  8. dannymac17 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:46 PM

    Well, i wish i had the same track record as this guy. Being terrible at everything yet everyone throws money at me.

    I am seriously perplexed on how anyone could hire this guy.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:49 PM

    Saban did a Dennis Allen move right there. Hiring a coach that has no track record of success. Kiffin’s track record is tantamount to the path of tornado..a trail of disasters.

    Kiffin is still living off of Reggie Bush’s incredible college career. Wasn’t no coaching genius behind USC offense in their glory days. Reggie Bush was instant offense. If anybody deserves credit it’s Ladanian Tomlinson for showing Bush how to take his game to the next level. Without Reggis Bush, Kiffin has done absolutely nothing.

  10. bassplucker says: Jan 10, 2014 6:56 PM

    Wow. Tough times ahead for the Tide I’m thinkin.

  11. baltimorons says: Jan 10, 2014 6:56 PM

    Roll tide.

  12. fdugrad says: Jan 10, 2014 6:57 PM

    Saban, and now Kiffin. The Tide is mounting the ultimate charm offensive eh?!

  13. vols84 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:59 PM

    Oh my

  14. tncheese says: Jan 10, 2014 7:00 PM

    Can’t wait to “welcome” him back to Knoxville!

  15. btellington says: Jan 10, 2014 7:03 PM

    Either Saban decided he already had enough championships, or he wanted a REAL challenge.

    Anyway, everyone else in the SEC is happy, and that’s what’s important, right?

  16. rabidboy says: Jan 10, 2014 7:14 PM

    Hide the overhead projectors!!!

  17. jagsandliquor says: Jan 10, 2014 7:16 PM

    How does this man keep getting hired? You can only milk the kiffin name for so long!

  18. bassplucker says: Jan 10, 2014 7:18 PM

    Seems like Bama hasnt been pulling in the recruits this year like in the past. Especially on offense. I can’t see this helping that situation much.

  19. badmoonrison says: Jan 10, 2014 7:21 PM

    How does this clown keep getting hired? He should be folding burritos at Taco Bell by now.

  20. yank3525 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:29 PM

    Kiffin is the Nick Cage of coaching. I don’t know how he keep getting hired.

  21. doctorrustbelt says: Jan 10, 2014 7:34 PM

    Only one thing says ‘dirty program’ more than lane kiffin.

    nick saban.

  22. ytownie says: Jan 10, 2014 7:34 PM

    Well as they say, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Monte has proved over the last few years just how terrible a coach he is. Lane is right there also. I wouldn’t let either of these guys coach my son’s Pop Warner team.

  23. hines86for6 says: Jan 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    Have fun in Tuscaloosa, Kiffin family. Actually, I bet Layla makes Lane commute from Birmingham. What’s the over/under on the amount of new vehicles he leaves in ditches?

  24. gmsalpha says: Jan 10, 2014 8:20 PM

    Life in the fast LANE.

    Must be nice.

  25. vetelmo says: Jan 10, 2014 8:23 PM

    He brought his kneepads and chapstick for the negotiation.

  26. fatguystrangler says: Jan 10, 2014 8:36 PM

    This guy just keeps falling upstairs.

  27. 1bigtex says: Jan 10, 2014 8:58 PM

    I would suggest that the Tuscaloosa area order in about a box car full of Summer’s Eve. They are going to need it when the world’s biggest d-bag moves in.

  28. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 10, 2014 9:00 PM

    This guy could get fired as the NFL Commish and fall forward into the presidency of the United States of America. Incredible.

  29. jerrahsucks says: Jan 10, 2014 9:38 PM

    Bama, should have let Saban go to Texas. Evidently, senility has come quickly to old slick Nick. No self respecting Big time coach would hire this butt munch. Southern Cal treatment coming for the Tide.

  30. eddiek77 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:40 PM

    You know, only the weatherman can continually screw it up as much as Lane has and still make money.
    Amazing.

  31. vincentbojackson says: Jan 10, 2014 9:42 PM

    Everything Kiffin touches turns to garbage.

    This is the official end of Alabama football.

    It was fun while it lasted.

  32. proudliberal85392 says: Jan 10, 2014 9:49 PM

    What could possibly go wrong?

  33. bills4 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:06 PM

    So what your saying is Alabama will still be a DEFENSE FIRST program, got it!!

  34. bills4 says: Jan 10, 2014 10:11 PM

    So what you are saying is they are going to still be a DEFENSE FIRST program!!

  35. rcali says: Jan 10, 2014 10:13 PM

    I have a feeling he’s going to be groomed to be the next coach. Bama fans, better enjoy the success while it lasts.

  36. linedrivehit says: Jan 10, 2014 10:27 PM

    Considering that Saban has won FOUR National Championships, I’m going to assume he knows more about football than me or any of you bozos criticizing the move. Carry on coach…

  37. bigtganks says: Jan 10, 2014 10:28 PM

    Because all you keyboard warriors know soooo much more than Saban. Stop hating. Everything has to be the best or the worst. No ones paying any of you a dime for your offensive input.

    Nussmeiers offense was what, 8th in the SEC?? Do NONE of you know that Lane Kiffin can recruit like NO OTHER?!? Or do you just love to hate? Please don’t let facts get in the way.

    He had TOP recruits going to USC when they were on major sanctions. He’s a recruiting machine and nails them every time. His recruiting track record is better than Sabans. I’m NOT a tide fan, but this is NOT good news for the rest of the SEC. Saban had to keep up in recruiting with Auburns recent success and Malzahn recruiting the same kids.

  38. vegasgreek says: Jan 10, 2014 10:44 PM

    A genius move by Nick Saban ! Lane Kiffin is a great college recruiter and will get the top talent to come to Alabama especially from the west coast. Saban will control Kiffin and there won’t be any problems on the staff.

  39. jville808 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:09 PM

    so is he not doing Tosh.O anymore?

  40. kenstabler says: Jan 10, 2014 11:47 PM

    And the Train Wreak Continues!

    At least he is not the head coach, there is only so much damage he can do.

  41. gquesen says: Jan 11, 2014 12:04 AM

    I don’t like Him much. Like most of you, not exactly impressed by his track record. But seriously, you’re going to tell me a bunch of people posting in this chat know more about football than Nick Saban? My guess is Alabama will keep on keepin on, with or without Lane Kiffin.

  42. jimsnchz says: Jan 11, 2014 1:32 AM

    What could he possibly say during the interview to make people forget about his track record? Incredible!

  43. rajbais says: Jan 11, 2014 1:50 AM

    Al Davis will rolling over in his grave, but now even Ozzie Newsome will resist taking players from his alma mater.

    After all, they stink in Baltimore anyways.

  44. jayquintana says: Jan 11, 2014 4:56 AM

    Excellent hire. Well done, ‘bama!

    Signed,
    Auburn

  45. joetoronto says: Jan 11, 2014 5:08 AM

    Al Davis pegged this guy perfectly, he’s a turd.

  46. 1bigtex says: Jan 12, 2014 8:41 PM

    Would that be the same Al Davis who hired the guy in the first place and then insisted that they take Russell instead of Megatron, joe?

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