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Report: Lane Kiffin helping to evaluate… Alabama’s offense?

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Since being unceremoniously dumped by USC in late September, Lane Kiffin has kept a relatively low profile as he looks to find his next coaching gig.  Monday, Kiffin resurfaced and did so in, of all places, Tuscaloosa.‘s Brett McMurphy is reporting that Kiffin “is visiting Alabama this week to evaluate the Crimson Tide’s offense.”  It’s unclear what bet Nick Saban lost that brought Kiffin to the Tide.

Kiffin was the head coach at Tennessee in 2009, infamously jumping ship for USC after just one season with the Vols.  While Kiffin engaged in verbal fisticuffs with just about every coach in the SEC during his brief tenure on Rocky Top, there was very little bad blood between Kiffin and Saban, at least publicly.

Shortly after his hiring at UT, Kiffin did poach top recruiter Lance Thompson off Saban’s coaching staff.  That move caused a bit of sniping between the two programs, although not nearly to the extent of Kiffin’s tiffs with Urban Meyer (Mike Slive put an end to those hostilities) and Steve Spurrier (Alshon Jeffrey, gas station attendant) and, well, pretty much the rest of the conference.

With Tide offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier‘s name being tossed about on the coaching rumor mill, could Kiffin be setting himself up as a potential replacement?  That seems highly, highly unlikely, although I would pay good money to witness the spectacle that would be Saban and Kiffin working together for an entire season.

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45 Responses to “Report: Lane Kiffin helping to evaluate… Alabama’s offense?”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Dec 16, 2013 2:10 PM

    “Well Nick, it needs more bubble screens.”

  2. timh1955 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    I would be SO dissapointed if Lane Kiffin was ever ANY part of Alabama. He is total trash. I would think Bill Battle would nix anything to do with Kiffin since he has so many Tennessee ties. The only thing Kiffin did well was marry a great looking girl.

  3. vols84 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:21 PM

    I think Bill Battle has little say about the football program. Total control belongs to Napolean.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:31 PM

    OMG!!…..For the Love of God, please somone run him off campus ASAP!!!!

    Kiffin couldn’t hold Nussmeier‘s jock strap…..

  5. wadaea says: Dec 16, 2013 2:32 PM

    Please Please make Lame Kiffin part of the Al staff. He has such success in oakland,ten and usc. At least make sure his wife is around.

  6. shadowcell says: Dec 16, 2013 2:48 PM

    So do they ask Lane what his recommendations are, and then do the opposite of all of them?

  7. polegojim says: Dec 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    Holy Crimson Tide… would that be a bad deal..

    Next up – will Monte Kiffin and Jack DelRio be giving them advice on Defensive schemes…

    Norm… Deb… what is up with this???

  8. polegojim says: Dec 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    PS… JT – AWESOME pic of a mystified man!!!

    Haven’t found next years crystal ball pic yet… we might make one.

  9. timh1955 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:55 PM

    His dad, Monte Kiffin, is a great defensive coach. Not sure how he had a son like Lane.

  10. minibull says: Dec 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    Wow. I want Lane to join Saban’s staff for next year so bad now. I’m just imagining the near riot outside Neyland Stadium for Bama’s game at UT next year….

  11. dcroz says: Dec 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    So is Lane evaluating ‘Bama’s offense…or is Saban in the market for a new pool boy?

  12. mogogo1 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:20 PM

    The sad thing is it will only get worse. He will be hired again. If not as a head coach, then as somebody’s coordinator. It’s the football equivalent of “too big to fail.” He’s too well known and too well connected to stay unemployed.

  13. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 3:33 PM

  14. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 3:35 PM

    timh1955 says:

    His dad, Monte Kiffin, is a great defensive coach. Not sure how he had a son like Lane.

    I always thought that, too. Did you happen to see the Dallas/Green Bay game yesterday?

  15. dexter2323 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:37 PM

    Lane Kiffin is actually a decent quarterback coach and great recruiter. Kiffin only gets a bad rap from Tennessee fans who are still butt hurt he chose to left for an actual destination school. USC > Tennessee. 99% of non-brain dead coaches would’ve done the same thing. Coaches like Gus Malzahn, Hugh Freeze and Todd Graham have all left secondary schools after one year for better schools. Tennessee fans really should move on and stop acting like jealous ex-girlfriends. It’s sad an pathetic on their part.

  16. timh1955 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    @dexter2323 – Are you kidding me??? It’s not just his tenure at Tennessee that gives him a bad rap. It’s Oakland…Tennessee and USC. He left all three programs in a lot worse shape that when he started at the programs. In addition, Tennessee is not a secondary program. Tell that to Peyton Manning! Not to mention Tennessee is in the best conference in all of college football.

  17. vincentbojackson says: Dec 16, 2013 3:44 PM

    Everything Lane comes in contact with turns to crap. Saban is more arrogant than I thought if he thinks he’s immune to Kiffin’s bad mojo.

  18. jimbo75025 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:50 PM

    @dexter2323 – I’m assuming you are a usc (notice the small letters) by the presence of the 323 area code buried in your name.

    Yes, usc got Kiffin to leave. No question there. The question is, are usc fans overjoyed that he was hired and pleased with the high level of success during Kiffins tenure? I mean changing uniform numbers and deflated balls-absolute genius I say ! And just to think, the NCAA will start sniffing around soon on some things from the Kiffin era if history is any indication.

  19. dhardy8207 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:52 PM

    Going to venture out on that limb again and say that JT must have a typo up there in the title. Instead of “evaluating” which gives one the impression that he could lend some football knowledge to Nussmeier or Saban. I think it should have said:

    “Kiffin is observing the offense at Alabama” in an attempt to gain more knowledge of how to properly run an offense…

    Either way his mere presence on the campus is troubling to say the least…

  20. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 4:09 PM

    @dexter2323 …

    Glad you think Little Lanie Kiffin is just a swell guy getting a bad rap.

    But I don’t want to see any “Honey Wagons” sitting among the recruiters’ SUVs at Alabama.

  21. 1509lucky says: Dec 16, 2013 4:18 PM


  22. osage44 says: Dec 16, 2013 4:34 PM

    Coaches with rotten, low-grade personalities have a strange tendency to show up in Tuscaloosa.

  23. jdbaker01 says: Dec 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    He’s just using Lane to get to Ed Orgeron.

  24. thefiesty1 says: Dec 16, 2013 4:52 PM

    My o my, what’s this world coming to? At least he’s not in Austin knocking on Peterson’s door.

  25. charger383 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:13 PM

    he is just there to help Saban with coverage for missed field goals

  26. jjdstl01 says: Dec 16, 2013 5:21 PM

    There goes the program, and Nick, watch your back.

  27. thefiesty1 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:16 PM

    Mea culpa… Steve Patterson’s door.

  28. gborange says: Dec 16, 2013 6:43 PM

    Been a huge Tennessee fan all my life an I have no ill feelings toward Kiffin for leaving. It never felt right with him there. He was shady and a little bit weird to be honest. If you follow the vols you will understand what I’m talking about.

  29. djlexluger says: Dec 16, 2013 6:49 PM

    People don’t like this guy for reasons I don’t understand. It’s not his fault he can interview his ass off.

  30. sportsfan18 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:55 PM

    Well the ONLY way Lane is there is with Saban’s blessing…

    so for those of you saying to run him off of the campus, it’s your fearless leader who has him there.

    I’m thinking it went something like this.

    Lane to Saban: Ooh, ooh, can I? May I? Really, really, really pretty please can I come and watch and learn from you?

    Saban to Lame: Ah, you mentioned pretty, as long as you bring your beautiful wife and she wears a tiny micro bikini the whole time, sure you may come on down.

    P.S. Lane you’re not allowed to speak, at all, not even one word, not even thanks or hi or even a grunt. I don’t want to miss any sounds your wife makes.

  31. normtide says: Dec 16, 2013 7:52 PM

    If Bama did hire him, there would be some good news involved. Saban doesn’t let assistants talk to the media. Part of that one voice for the program that I brought up during the Texas rumors. I trust that Saban knows what he is doing. He brings in other HCs and he visits other programs from time to time. Bob Stoops was a part of it at one time.

  32. waynefontes says: Dec 16, 2013 8:24 PM

    djlexluger says:
    Dec 16, 2013 6:49 PM
    People don’t like this guy for reasons I don’t understand. It’s not his fault he can interview his ass off.

    You can’t understand why people don’t like him?

    It’s not that hard to figure out. He’s the Buff Bagwell of college football.

  33. 1971siebs says: Dec 16, 2013 8:47 PM

    Having not read through all of the comments above, (and I’m sure it has been asked already), how did Monte land him this job? Please Alabama, please tell Lane to go home. His record at Tennessee and USC speak for themselves.

  34. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 8:49 PM

    @sportsfan18 …

    More like Kiffin called while Saban was delirious over the birth of his first grandchild two days ago. Lane just lucked out and caught Nick on the one and only day in his life he’s ever been tickled pink. In lieu of a cigar to celebrate Baby Girl’s arrival, he told Kiffin he could come by and take a look at the Bama offense.

  35. realfootballfan says: Dec 16, 2013 8:55 PM

    Outside of his year working for Al Davis, he’d finally have someone to challenge him on football and maybe he’d grow up and make himself better because Nick is a task master. God knows, he should be seeking that out before his career is over.

  36. dmvtransplant says: Dec 16, 2013 8:59 PM

    I take exception to one thing brought up on here.

    I wish to ask one question and I want an honest opinion from other people that follow CFB. If I asked you to name the top 5 head coaching jobs, would Tennessee be on the list honestly? I will never defend Lane or Pat Haden, but USC is a better job than UT. The same way Georgia is a better job than Nebraska. No conference bias if you picked the top 5 jobs would UT be on the list?

    To the individual that brought up Peyton Manning, every program has at least one great player. Aaron Rodgers going to Cal doesn’t make it a better football program than another, just because his name is attached.

  37. realfootballfan says: Dec 16, 2013 9:09 PM

    Tennessee isn’t a top five job, but it was sleezy the way he left and apparently didn’t even say peace out to his players. Not to mention that there were reports that he was trying to poeach recruits when he got to USC. He’s alot like Brad Childress was in the NFL; Kiffin is tactless and is not as smart as he thinks he is when he thinks he has all the answers, which is why alot of people enjoy seeing him get his come uppings.

    Back to the Tennessee job, they have been in steady decline for over a decade because their facilites aren’t up to par with the other top teams in the SEC and recruiting in that state isn’t what it used to be. That being said, I think Dave Hart is a good AD as he did good work at FSU, and I would expect he’ll figure out how to get it turned around.

  38. normtide says: Dec 16, 2013 9:59 PM

    DMV- no UT isn’t top five. But it has potential. The athletic program has actually not been in great financial standing, and that is a leadership problem from the top, the AD. To me the top five or top ten is fluid. UT has a great history, they are second in history and tradition in the SEC. However, what happened 50 years ago means little in today’s game. Or to today’s recruits. Just look at the B1G.

  39. Deb says: Dec 16, 2013 11:46 PM

    @dmvtransplant …

    No, UT isn’t a top five program. It was a very good program at one time. But few objective people would blame Kiffin for leaving Tennessee to take the USC job (although football fans are bizarrely irrational about coaches changing jobs–and that includes many Bama fans regarding Dennis Franchione).

    The problem is that Kiffin made a mess in Tennessee and left the program worse than he found it. He also behaved like a jerk while there, embarrassing the school and the program. I don’t blame UT fans for despising the guy.

  40. mwanning says: Dec 17, 2013 10:49 AM

    “Next up – will Monte Kiffin and Jack DelRio be giving them advice on Defensive schemes…” Actually Jack DelRio is on campus at times since his son is a freshman walk on at QB – and based on reports has a excellent chance at being the starter next year which is a surprise.

    “regarding Dennis Franchione”. The problem with Franchione is he was dishonest with his players. Alabama got NCAA probation. Because of that, players were allowed to transfer without penalty. Franchione talked and talked to the players and convinced them to stay, like he was going to stay, because of loyalty to the school who had given them scholarships. The time to request transfer expired and the very next day, Franchione left. In other words, do as I say, not as I do. Leaving was not the problem – convincing everyone to stay for loyalty and then having no loyalty is the problem.

  41. gradysez2014 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:19 PM

    Maybe we’re overlooking the obvious and Nick is just using Lame as a reverse barometer….

  42. bayareasportsfan4 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:27 PM

    Wow, can I meet all these football experts on this blog?

    Are any of you Alabama fans?

    Then you probably love Nick Saban.

    But apparently you think know college football better than him.

    If Kiffin is there, it’s because Saban thinks he might be able to help.

    I see where the concerns are regarding Kiffin, but I know Saban knows college football better than I do.

    Often players and coaches fail before they become great. Consider Coach K at Duke. In his first 3 years he was 38-47! Where do you think Duke’s program would be without him?

  43. emwrightosu says: Dec 17, 2013 7:47 PM

    How the hell is he gonna help Alabama Offense. Haha. The guy can’t coach, he is terrible. I feel sorry for Alabama if they take any of his advice. All it’s gonna do make their offense worse. ha

  44. jackweho says: Dec 18, 2013 3:26 AM

    @dexter2323-very rarely do I respond to someone’s post-we are all entitled to an opinion. How could you be so far off-base? To blame his bad rep on Tennessee is like blaming hurricane Katrina on cloud seeding. This guy alienated everyone from parking lot valets to loyal and influential USC contributors and season ticket holders. He only needed one hand to count his friends and allies-the other hand was more appropriately positioned in his anal cavity (along with his head). Saban may be two-faced-witness his protestations prior to leaving LSU and the Dolphins-but at least he can coach. Can’t say the same for Kiffin. He exemplifies the Peter Principle-keep promoting a person until he exceeds his abilities.

  45. bayareasportsfan4 says: Dec 19, 2013 7:02 PM

    @emwrightosu Indirectly you’re suggesting you’re better suited to make a decision regarding Alabama’s football team than Nick Saban.

    I don’t know your football background, maybe you do know more than Nick Saban. If that’s the case, Saban gets paid pretty well. Maybe you should get Alabama to hire you instead. You’ll make good $, and apparently help Alabama more than Saban.

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