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Report: Lane Kiffin to interview for Bama OC job

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For the love of all that’s good and holy, college football gods, pleeease allow this hire to happen.

In the brief time since the surprising news surfaced that Doug Nussmeier was leaving Alabama for Michigan, several candidates have been mentioned as potential replacements as the Tide’s offensive coordinator.  Only one of those, though, rhymes with “Lane Kiffin.”

Shortly after the news broke, Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com tweeted that Nussmeier’s departure “does open very real possibility of Lane Kiffin joining #Bama staff,” adding that “[h]e & Nick Saban are buddies.”  One of Feldman’s cohorts, though, has taken the speculation to another level.

Thursday morning, Jeremy Fowler reported for the same website that “Kiffin is interviewing for the Alabama offensive coordinator job as early as today.”  The interview will take place in Tuscaloosa, Fowler noted.

The report continues a rather bizarre connection between the two coaches that continued last month.  In mid-December, it was reported that Kiffin, one of the most polarizing coaches in the college game, would be visiting Alabama to evaluate the Crimson Tide’s offense ahead of the Sugar Bowl.

As expected, the arrangement created quite the buzz both pro and con — mostly the latter — a development that Saban didn’t quite understand.

“Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit, get some professional ideas with our guys, is a real positive thing, so I don’t know why there’s any reaction to it to be honest with you. I’m really quite surprised,” Saban said at the time.

Kiffin’s last three jobs have been as head coach: USC (2010-13), Tennessee (2009) and Oakland Raiders (2007-08).  He called plays during his time with the Trojans, while his last official stint as offensive coordinator came with the same program in 2005-06.  Those also serve as his only tears as a coordinator at any level.

The fact that both Saban and Kiffin lean toward the pro-style side of the offensive coin lends credence to the rumored interest, even as it would likely be blasted and/or ridiculed if it were to come to fruition.

The thing is, what you or I or anyone else would think of the move wouldn’t make a spit bit of difference to Saban.  If he feels Kiffin is the best man for the job and gives the Tide the best opportunity to win, he’ll pull the trigger on a hire, the rest of the world be damned.

Still, the thought of Saban and Kiffin in the same college football program for an entire season — and with the latter back in the SEC no less — makes me giddy.  Unabashedly, positively school-girl giddy.

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43 Responses to “Report: Lane Kiffin to interview for Bama OC job”
  1. be4bama says: Jan 9, 2014 10:32 AM

    Just shoot me now!!!

  2. trojan33sc says: Jan 9, 2014 10:50 AM

    If Kiffin is hired then I can’t wait for the next Bama vs Tennessee game !! LOL

  3. John Taylor says: Jan 9, 2014 10:54 AM

    @trojan33sc: you wouldn’t have to wait long as the Tide will play the Vols Oct. 25 this year… in Knoxville.

  4. bucrightoff says: Jan 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    Kiffin takes over Bama after Saban retires….lol what a sick joke that would be.

  5. djlexluger says: Jan 9, 2014 10:57 AM

    He’s the first guy that came to mind when the position opened up.

  6. dkhhuey says: Jan 9, 2014 10:58 AM

    PLEASE make this happen ASAP!!! So many levels of excellence in this… the entire state of Tennessee just threw up a bit in their mouths!!!

  7. thraiderskin says: Jan 9, 2014 11:03 AM

    Settle down Bama, what harm could he do from the OC position?

  8. canehouse says: Jan 9, 2014 11:10 AM

    Saban loves Kiffin… not really sure as to why, but if Saban had gone to Texas… Kiffin was going to be his choice as O Coord. I think just having Kiffin around is bad karma… not a good guy.

  9. overratedgators says: Jan 9, 2014 11:23 AM

    Lane Kiffin: because Charlie Weis was unavailable.

  10. wadaea says: Jan 9, 2014 11:24 AM

    OK let me get this straight..Saban brings in Kiffin and then stinks up the place with the second worst defeat in Sugar Bowl history… As a Auburn fan I say bring him on if this is the result of kiffins input.

  11. overratedgators says: Jan 9, 2014 11:27 AM

    The only thing that would make this funnier is if Kiffin gets the Bama OC job, has moderate success, and establishes himself just enough to take over at Florida when Muschamp is inevitably fired.

  12. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:34 AM

    Rome didn’t fall in a day…but with Kiffin on board Alabama football just might.

  13. dhardy8207 says: Jan 9, 2014 11:38 AM

    Its just an interview supposedly and if we BAMA fans truly trust the coach we pay 7+ mil in salary and has led our team to 3 crystal balls as National Champions then I have to trust that he will make the best decision in regards to staff. This is a coach who personally watches hours of game film on every recruit before they come in the door.

    I would suspect that if this hire does take place, he will make certain Lane knows his boundaries and that any behavior that could be remotely damaging to the program will not be tolerated.

    Roll Tide….

  14. chmba says: Jan 9, 2014 11:51 AM

    Why on earth do these schools keep recycling corrupt failures!! Kiffin has been poison everywhere; Alabama doesn’t need more recruiting violations and NCAA scrutiny. Didn’t they learn the last time things got out of hand? I guess not!!

  15. vie05ua says: Jan 9, 2014 12:07 PM

    I’d be happy with hiring Kiffin’s wife. Not Lane himself though…

    Honestly, he’s never done any up-tempo offenses, which is what Saban’s wanting to do, and he’s going to want a 7 figure salary. I’ve no problem with giving a 7 figure salary to someone worth it, but the drama and unproven unknown offense isn’t worth the risk.

  16. v2rotate says: Jan 9, 2014 12:15 PM

    It this comes to pass another 20 NCAA investigators will need to be assigned to the SEC.

  17. billsboy88 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:38 PM

    Tears, eh?

  18. BrownsTown says: Jan 9, 2014 12:40 PM

    Saban just wants a yes man to tell him that his beliefs on FG range are acceptable.

  19. BrownsTown says: Jan 9, 2014 12:44 PM

    What will they call the prostitutes that they use in recruiting? Fielding submissions starting now……

    http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2009/12/14/pic-shows-ut-hostesses-with-recruits-heat-rises-on-vols/?cxntfid=blogs_recruiting

  20. cubb1 says: Jan 9, 2014 12:58 PM

    Please hire Kiffin, Bama. You will ensure your programs failure for the next decade.

  21. daubs17 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:04 PM

    How does this guy still illicit job opportunities from big time schools? It is downright baffling. Since he left USC as the OC years ago, Lane has been nothing short of a complete and utter failure/fraud

  22. Deb says: Jan 9, 2014 1:08 PM

    I’ve poked as much fun at Lane Kiffen as anyone else on these boards. But I’ve also acknowledged that Little Lanie has a great offensive mind. If there’s one guy who could keep him in line, it’s Saban. Not allowing him to talk to the media would help tremendously.

    Kiffen’s at the end of his rope, jobwise. Can’t imagine anyone giving him a head-coaching position. And right now, few would trust him with a coordinator’s job. He’s in much the same position Patriots’ OC Josh McDaniels was in after being fired from Denver. Like McDaniels, Kiffen’s a little weasel I wouldn’t trust to run a program. But he can run an offense.

    If Nick keeps him on a short leash, as Belichick does McDaniels, I can live with that. Five offensive turnovers in the Oklahoma game–all of which led to scores? Heaven knows we need to change something.

  23. teambringitstrong says: Jan 9, 2014 1:30 PM

    If this happens a great program will be dismantled from inside. @deb, one of Kiffin’s biggest issues at Oakland and USC was his play calling was too conservative.

    A lot of people poo-poo what we say and do here on the West Coast until the trend(s) hit east and then it’s a great thing.

    Lot’s of people blame Kiffin’s play-calling in the January 2006 BCS title game loss and Al Davis, as crazy as people say he was, hit on some key points during his Powerpoint presentation after Kiffin’s departure.

    I don’t know if he has a great offensive mind or not because truth be told, his play calling is very conservative. Seeing as how ‘Bama QBs are game managers of sort, that may be what Saban is looking for in an OC.

  24. Deb says: Jan 9, 2014 1:59 PM

    @teambringitstrong …

    Yes, what would be conservative at USC might work well for Bama. I’ve always enjoyed Trojan football and look forward to seeing Southern Cal back in contention. But my own taste is smashmouth–tough defense, relentless running, clock management. Always joke that I was born to be a Bama/Steelers fan :) I’d rather see a well-managed game than a shoot-out.

  25. 1990tiger says: Jan 9, 2014 2:13 PM

    This could be good….to watch, I mean. Kiffin may be talented as an OC (I don’t know) but I’m not a big fan of his personality and what I perceive to be his character.

  26. rolltide510 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:29 PM

    “Honestly, he’s never done any up-tempo offenses, which is what Saban’s wanting to do”

    Why do you think that? Putting aside the fact Saban isn’t changing his offense because after four championships he lost two games, don’t you think he’d hire a guy who fit the system he planned to run?

    Do other fanbases assume everything they read on message boards is true, or is it just us Gumps?

  27. realfootballfan says: Jan 9, 2014 3:04 PM

    When enemies become friends. Alabama fans who hated him 4 yearsago will have to turn that off. Say whatever you want about Lane, and he is pretty limited as an offensive mine despite what he thinks, the guy can definitely recruit. How he does it from how he comes off, I don’t know, maybe he shows the recruits and people he interviews with pictures of his wife?

  28. bruinsox13 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:04 PM

    Look at the institutions that hired him. Oakland Raiders? Yeah, that is the model of honesty and integrity? Davis leaves Oakland for Los Angeles for greener pastures when $$ signs are flashed in front of him leaving a city and fan base devastated. Comes back to Oakland because LA wouldn’t bend over for him and until his death, the threat of leaving Oakland again hung over that city like fog on the Golden Gate Bridge. USC(university of spoiled children)? Pete Caroll couldn’t chew his gum fast enough as he darted to the NFL when NCAA sanctions were coming down on the school and team for various violations. Kiffin didn’t hold anyone at gunpoint when usc hired him and he didn’t deserve to be booted out like he was. Now usc hires a guy away from the University of Washington which is really no different than Kiffin leaving Tennessee and nobody is saying that coach has no integrity! Point is, the world is full of people burning the path to their road to the “top” leaving good people and communities left devastated and in need of rebuilding. Kiffin can’t undo his past, but he can become a person that chooses to do it differently and show some integrity and a willingness to change.

  29. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:20 PM

    dhardy8207 says:

    Its just an interview supposedly and if we BAMA fans truly trust the coach we pay 7+ mil in salary and has led our team to 3 crystal balls as National Champions then I have to trust that he will make the best decision in regards to staff. This is a coach who personally watches hours of game film on every recruit before they come in the door.

    ___________

    Wow, I can only hope this guy writes for the Onion. “Truly trust”? Are we talking about the same dude that played the Tide against Texas to get himself a huge extension? And can he actually believe that other coaches don’t watch film of recruits?

  30. rolltide510 says: Jan 9, 2014 3:49 PM

    “Are we talking about the same dude that played the Tide against Texas to get himself a huge extension?”

    No, that dude is Jimmy Sexton. We’re talking about Nick Saban here.

  31. dhardy8207 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:10 PM

    mogogo1 says;

    “Wow, I can only hope this guy writes for the Onion. “Truly trust”? Are we talking about the same dude that played the Tide against Texas to get himself a huge extension? And can he actually believe that other coaches don’t watch film of recruits?”

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    First, dear I’m not a guy and no I don’t write for anyone except myself.. I posted my honest opinion so follow closely;

    1) Its only rumored to be an INTERVIEW. Happens all the time when there is a job vacancy, doesn’t mean he will be the candidate chosen for the opening.

    2) If the university and its brass feel that Saban is worth the 7 mil they pay him for his obvious coaching abilities, then WE as fans have no choice but to do the same. In that fans must TRUST (hang with me now) the man who makes the decisions on and off the field when it comes to the football team because thats what you do when you agree to pay someone for those services.

    3)Saban would have gotten a huge extension even if Mack had kept his job. The university president has went on record several times saying and I quote; “the university’s revenue has increased 112% since Saban took over in 2007. Also a winfall of 3 National Championships in the last 5 years. That alone would have gotten Saban a new contract and raise whether Texas was looking or not. That being said, not sure why that is such a hard thing for other fans outside of BAMA fans to understand. Also, he wasn’t the only one that got a raise and extension that was associated with the UT job. Fisher and Malzahn did also and before the BCS championship was played. Are you equally as appalled that they “played” off the interest of possibly being pulled from their current programs.

    Lastly, I never said “other coaches don’t watch film of recruits”. I made that statement based off of the recent documentary that aired about UA and Saban’s program and about how much game film he request on recruits before he decides to make them a target of his recruiters.

  32. uscatjerseyshore says: Jan 9, 2014 4:11 PM

    Frankly I don’t get bruinsox13′s comments.

    While some level of sanctions were anticipated related to the NCAA investigation of USC, Pete Carroll left before those sanctions were imposed. Kiffin was NOT USC’s first choice at the time and offers were made to other coaches including the guy that just hired away from Washington but with about three weeks before National Signing Day, Kiffin was offered and of his free will chose to accept the USC job. For those of us who actually follow USC football, Pete Carroll didn’t exactly leave the USC roster flush with talent and while the wheels could have completely fell off the program after the sanctions were imposed Kiffin composed the plan to get USC through the sanctions. In the meantime he had a winning record including a ten win season with a very young roster that wasn’t exactly inherited.

    At an age when most coaches are still coordinators and assistants he ended up coaching a NFL team with a senile owner and lasted longer than his three predecessors with the most notable legacy was his objection to the Raiders drafting JaMarcus Russell.

    Hired by Tennessee on 1 December 2008 two months after being fired by Al Davis, Kiffin’s impact was felt in the Feb 2009 recruiting class (largely completed at the time of his arrival) and the Volunteer’s 2009 season leading the Vols to a 7–6 record, an improvement from their 5–7 record in 2008. The Vols increased their offensive output by more than 60 percent in 2009 with Kiffin calling the offensive plays. Even so, when Kiffin departed Tennessee there were fan riots. A one year coach who improved the team should have little long-term impact but in seeing the numerous Vol and SEC fan post over the past 3-4 years one would believe that Kiffin invented cancer and was responsible for the defeat of the South during the civil war.

    At age 38 Kiffin is still very young and I’m not arguing that he’s made some mistakes however during his tenure at USC he was hardly was responsible for all stuff he was held responsible. His biggest mistake was sticking with his father for three years as the DC….

  33. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2014 4:52 PM

    dhardy8207 says:
    2) If the university and its brass feel that Saban is worth the 7 mil they pay him for his obvious coaching abilities, then WE as fans have no choice but to do the same. In that fans must TRUST (hang with me now) the man who makes the decisions on and off the field when it comes to the football team because thats what you do when you agree to pay someone for those services.
    ______

    Fans don’t HAVE to do anything. You’re totally free to question anything Saban does. He’s not infallible and I don’t get why anyone, no matter how big a fan, would want to pretend he is. And “you” never agreed to pay Saban anything. You’re confusing yourself as a fan with the people who run the university.

    And as for interviews happening all the time, the mere fact Lane Kiffin is on Saban’s short list should cause you some concern. You may want to pretend that Saban is such a great judge of character that his trusting Lane wipes away all the past character issues with the guy, but people who don’t wear blinders know the guy is bad news.

  34. rehab0808 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:16 PM

    “makes me giddy. Unabashedly, positively school-girl giddy.” How pathetic is your life?? School girl giddy? Really? I thought you were a professional journalist, not a prepubescent high school kid lusting after an athlete.

    Just one more question there “Johnny Cheerleader” can you describe the “giddiness” you felt when your SEC stud Alabama Crimson tide got their asses handed to them in the Sugar Bowl?? I’m guessing the day-after-the-prom-when-I-lost-my-virginity-in-the-car-and-you-never-called-again “giddiness”

  35. dhardy8207 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:24 PM

    @mogogo1:

    Where in my comments did I say “I agreed to pay him”? You can’t cause I didn’t say that. And why should you as someone who has absolutely NOTHING invested not even as a fan concern yourself with who gets hired? YOU are just like me and everyone else that post here, it is your OPINION that you post.

    No one knows what is being said, who is being given serious consideration, etc. It could be a matter of Kiffin came to visit and sensing some tensions possibly requested an interview should there be future openings because thats what people do when they’re unemployed in their perspective fields. They search for possible opportunities. I can’t understand why you took my comment as such a challenging statement since the entire FREE world understands how the hiring game works. I can have an opinion, good or bad about the situation and I could come on here and tare down our head coach, the program, the university leaders as such. BUT I choose to wait and see what comes about and actually happens before I go firing off about what a mistake this is. THE HEAD COACH is ultimately the one in charge of this hiring decision whether you like it, understand it or not!

  36. John Taylor says: Jan 9, 2014 5:44 PM

    @rehab: you poor thing. You couldn’t have whiffed more on the tenor and intent of that post if you were Rob Deer in his prime. Bless your heart.

    Don’t worry, Sparky. You’ll catch on eventually.

  37. Deb says: Jan 9, 2014 5:51 PM

    rehab0808 says:

    “makes me giddy. Unabashedly, positively school-girl giddy.” How pathetic is your life?? School girl giddy? Really? I thought you were a professional journalist, not a prepubescent high school kid lusting after an athlete.

    ————————————————-
    Just curious, darlin’: Did it hurt much when they yanked out your sense of humor and replaced it with that stick up your behind?

    If you’re looking for dry, boring copy, try a textbook. This is a sports blog. It’s a casual place for people who realize it’s just a game :roll:

  38. mogogo1 says: Jan 9, 2014 5:53 PM

    “And why should you as someone who has absolutely NOTHING invested not even as a fan concern yourself with who gets hired?”
    ___________

    That’s an easy one. Because I dislike: A) Total jerks and B) People who get things based on nothing more than what their name is.

    Lane Kiffin has an amazingly short resume for the level of jobs he’s had. The fact he was Monty’s son opened a ton of doors and got him jobs he was in no way qualified for. And even after repeated failures it CONTINUES to do so. (And he paid the old man back by making him the fall guy at USC…now there’s a son to be proud of.)

    And at every stop the story is the same. There’s somebody much like you saying “Well, so-and-so thinks he’s up to the job, so we need to be nice to him and give him a shot.” No, you don’t. You can call a spade a spade and pray the guy never steps foot on your campus. And an intelligent fan would question Saban’s judgment for even considering him.

  39. be4bama says: Jan 9, 2014 5:54 PM

    Doesn’t look like rehab is working for you, 0808. LOL

  40. dkhhuey says: Jan 9, 2014 8:08 PM

    @rehab – start drinking/smoking/sniffing again and perhaps you’ll find your sense of humor!

  41. onlyoneleft says: Jan 9, 2014 9:45 PM

    Hell, Kiffin will fit right in with Saban and Bama. Birds of feather flock together.

  42. dhardy8207 says: Jan 11, 2014 9:14 AM

    mogogo1 says:

    “There’s somebody much like you saying “Well, so-and-so thinks he’s up to the job, so we need to be nice to him and give him a shot.” No, you don’t. You can call a spade a spade and pray the guy never steps foot on your campus. And an intelligent fan would question Saban’s judgment for even considering him.”
    —————————————————————-
    Let me try and spell it out real simple for ya there chief since you obviously have now resorted to personal attacks in order to try and win some sort of point score here on your superiority for arguing.

    A TRUE fan of any program takes the good and the bad. ALL programs (yes even the one you pull for) makes some questionable decisions. But guess what? They don’t generally go out and pole the fan base on who’s the best hire. THEY are paid to make decisions. Did I think MIKE SHULA who got the HC job strickly off his last name and his daddy’s reputation was a good hire? HELL NO! But see as a TRUE fan knowing I had no input, I still continued to pull for BAMA. His tenure there was horrible and he cost Tyrone Prothro a promising career past the collegiate level trying to run the score up on Florida. He was arrogant and felt entitled.

    “Fairweather Fans” are those that jump ship when teams go through losing periods or periods of rebuilding. TRUE fans hang with their team through the good and bad. That has nothing to do with being “intelligent”, that is all about being a FAN of and supporting the team! If this turns out to be a bad decision then Saban’s reputation/legacy will take a hit. BUT I will still be a BAMA fan regardless….

  43. be4bama says: Jan 11, 2014 9:44 AM

    As a BAMMER for over 50 years I wasn’t thrilled with the hire. But I do trust our coach and program. Who knows if Lane will still be around this time next year.

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